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  • Thanks to Friends

    Loretta Kirkby, mother of Dean, writes about the importance of friendships in safeguarding Dean against violence and abuse. She tells two stories of how Dean's friends aided and supported him in potentially life-threatening situations. By being part of, and known in, his local community, Dean will remain more secure.

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  • Open letter from the Disability Discrimination Commissioner

    Elizabeth Hastings summarises some of the major cases and events in the Human Resources and Equal Opportunity Commission under Disability Discrimination legislation from November 1994 - February 1995. Also discussed are upcoming hearings and future work which includes a case of discrimination relating to access to regular education.

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  • NDSC Position Statement on Prenatal Testing and Screening

    This position statement covers: (1) Families' rights concerning pre-natal testing (2) What families need to make informed choices and (3) How society should address the issue of pre-natal testing and eugenics.

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  • What Price Friendship? (extract)

    A social worker tells the story of Stan Rivers, a man he supported who outwardly appeared to be an accepted and well-liked member of his community - he had joined a number of clubs, had friends and was generally widely known in his local area.

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  • The McGill Action Planning System (MAPS): A Strategy for Building the Vision

    The MAPS process is a way of putting into practice the assertion that 'all children belong in the school community'. This article provides a detailed description of the MAPS process including structure used, content covered and the underlying assumptions of process.

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  • Open Employment

    This brochure is designed to provide information to parents to help them plan for their son or daughter's future employment and to help their son/daughter develop a career path. The brochure includes pointers to parents of primary school and high school-aged children with intellectual disability as well to parents of...

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  • Supported Employment: A conceptual overview

    This overview of supported employment looks at the move away from segregated services such as sheltered workshops to supported employment programs which emphasise integration. The focus of the article is on people with high support needs and as such the authors argue that segregated as well as certain forms of...

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  • My Life: Persistence, Patience, Self-Advocacy and a Little Help from My Friends

    In reading this man's life story, the reader is able to grasp many of the changes in services and attitudes with regard to people with disabilities, and also the struggles and devaluation faced by such people. Major positive changes have occurred in this man's life with regard to accommodation and employment.

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  • From Sheltered Workshops to Supported Employment

    In a short article the author, a former participant in a sheltered workshop. denounces sheltered workshops as 'institutions or warehouses'. He argues the benefits of true supported work inititatives. He asserts that supported employment improves the lives of people not just in relation to their work but also in relation...

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  • Expanding the Job and Career Options for People with Significant Disabilities

    The authors of this paper take a critical approach to the way most supported employment initiatives and programs are structured. They argue that most are concerned with the number of people placed in jobs rather than the quality of these jobs - this drives such programs to easy 'solutions' and...

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