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  • Taking Charge of Life

    Mary Somoza is the parent of teenage twins, both of whom were born with cerebral palsy and high support needs, including multiple medical needs. In this article, she tells how she found it necessary to 'take charge', searching out and co-ordinating the multiplicity of professionals in her children's lives.

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  • Regenerating community

    John McKnight is the founder of the Centre for Urban Affairs and Policy Research at Northwestern University, Illinois. In this paper he argues that we are developing a service economy which is the equivalent of institutionalisation without the walls.

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  • The Makaton Vocabulary

    The Makaton Vocabulary is a vocabulary rather than a signing system especially designed to provide a basic means of communication; to encourage expressive speech wherever possible; to develop an understanding of language through the visual medium of signs and the logical structure of sign language.

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  • Citizen advocacy is important because...

    Citizen advocacy programs are focused on arranging and supporting relationships among people who would otherwise not meet.

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  • Against pain as a tool in professional work on people with severe disabilities

    John O'Brien has been involved for many years in advocacy for people with disability. He and his wife, Connie Lyle, focus on assisting organisations respond effectively to the needs of individuals. In this article, he opposes the use of pain as a tool on others.

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  • Consent to sterilisation: a brochure for doctors

    This brochure was produced for doctors to provide them with information they should read if they are asked to perform a sterilisation on a person with an intellectual disability. Keyword: Legal

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  • Disability Services: A Focus on Outcomes

    This discussion paper proposes a range of issues and outcomes designed to better meet the needs and rights of people with disability and their families or carers.

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  • Briefing notes on Disability Services Program issues

    These briefing notes on Disability Services Program issues are a part of a number of major issues which were under review as at February 1992. These include employment issues (industrial relations issues; transition of sheltered workshops; wages etc.

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  • Taking care of me: About sexual assault

    This brochure is produced for people who have disabilities and explains where they can obtain help if they have been sexually assaulted. Keyword: Legal

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  • Nonaversive Intervention for Behaviour problems

    This book attempts to apply the principles and practices of learning and behaviour theory to daily living at home, work and in the community. The authors argue that services and supports to adults (and children as well) must reflect recognition of those individuals' rights to self determination.

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