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  • Disabling or enabling?

    The authors trace a brief history of education policy in Australia which has contributed to the present climate in which inclusion as possible. The authors go on to illustrate, however, how exclusionary practices can persist in spite of policy changes and argue that this occurs because of attitudinal reasons.

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  • Social reform through empowerment

    Dulcie McCallum, the Ombudswoman for British Colombia (Canada,) analyses two historical processes that have taken place in most Western political systems: firstly, the historical development of service and other systems by governments.

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  • Thoughts on influencing governments

    Having studied the interaction of governments and advocates in Canada over the past few years, William Young writes some brief thoughts about the ways in which people have achieved change within their own communities and regions.

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  • I am because we are

    A father writes passionately of the effect that new guardianship legislation in the USA will have on his daughter and many other people with intellectual disabilities.

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  • Eugenics Bill - China: Eugenics is not a cure

    The first of these articles is a description of the disturbing eugenics bill submitted this year to the Chinese parliament whereby the state will use abortion and sterilisation "to avoid new births of inferior quality and heighten the standards of the whole population".

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  • Making the program work: Professional skills and family concerns. Understanding ethnic differences: Responding to the family and child with appropriate expectations

    This is a very valuable article on a subject not discussed very often - disability issues in different cultures. Hinley describes some of the cultural differences which may have important implications for professionals/workers/advocates working with families in which there is a child with a disability and attitudes towards professionals.

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  • Discrimination against women with disabilities

    Cooper, a woman with disabilities and a feminist, presents the argument that women with disabilities are not protected by either the Sex Discrimination Act or the Disability Discrimination Act.

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  • Influencing change through political action

    This article describes the work of the Canadian Association for Community Living which is a Canadian advocacy organisation.

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  • Independence and group home living: Is there such a thing?

    Written by a former resident of a group home, the author describes how he managed to get out and live in a flat with one other person (although he does make the point that although he gets on well with his flatmate he was never really given a choice about...

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  • An interview with Linda Till

    Linda Till, the mother of Becky a young woman with disabilities, describes her experiences of advocating on Becky's behalf, firstly to get her out of the nursing home in which she resided and secondly to get her included in the local school.

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