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  • Refocusing on the Parent: what are the social issues of concern for parents of disabled children?

    This article outlines a variety of models of professional-parent relationships and gives the results of a questionnaire completed by parents which identified parents' perspectives of service provision, as well as identifying relevant needs and issues for parents.

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  • Acting on a Vision: Agency Conversion at Katahdin Friends, Inc.

    Since the mid-1980s, Katahdin Friends, Inc (KFI) in Maine, USA, has transformed its supports for people with developmental disability from those that promote segregation to those that promote community inclusion and membership. This has happened at all life stages from preschool to adulthood.

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  • I Have a New Student...

    This article offers a range of ideas on how teachers can help a newly included student with a disability and his/her classmates understand and participate in welcoming and supporting each other. The author concludes that it's important to decide what is best for the particular child when deciding what approach...

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  • Supporting Individual Student Outcomes

    In this short article, two teachers offer a format to help in the planning and support of students with disabilities in regular classes. They outline six steps they use in the process. Keywords: Education, School age, Professionals

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  • Reaching in, out & across

    "My thesis is not about lack of access, town planning or accessibility of services. It concerns itself with the possibilities beyond present, taken-for-granted ways of being in the world." In this article, Libby Ellis is interviewed about her thesis on people who are learning to build new futures and identities...

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  • Integration and You

    This booklet explains inclusion (described here as 'integration') in terms of people feeling, being part of, and experiencing, community. It throws out the challenge to all of us to work collaboratively to include people with disabilities, particularly in recreation activities, and considers the role of various parties in this: people...

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  • Family-Centered Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs

    Recognising that the family is the constant in a child's life, this book identifies and explains 8 key elements of family-centred care for children with disabilities, particularly where they have health care needs. It also identifies what is needed to make effective family-centred care a reality.

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  • Under What Circumstances Might Small Agencies Last?

    In this article, Ross Womersley suggests some important factors as to why small agencies are likely to last, despite pressures such as the tendering process. Womersley draws attention to the typical drawbacks of larger organisations. He argues that while being small does not automatically protect an organisation from becoming highly...

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  • The conflict of interest issue, in the context of independent advocacy

    This article draws together writings and teachings of Wolf Wolfensberger around the issue of conflict of interest in the context of independent advocacy. [Dr Wolfensberger founded Citizen Advocacy, leading to one of the quotations referring to 'proteges' (a protege is a person with intellectual disability who has been matched with...

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  • Employee: a potent role

    In this short article, Tara Woollett offers some helpful principles for facilitating the development of workplace relationships that are likely to support the valued role of being an employee. The article illustrates the difference between mere physical presence in a job and inclusion: inclusion embraces valued social participation.

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