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  • Response to Articles on Self-Determination

    In this response to an invitation to comment on articles on self-determination, Michael Kennedy speaks from the perspective of someone who lived in institutions for 18 years with people with severe disability who could not talk. Kennedy believes that people with severe disability can be self-determining, and illustrates this from experience.

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  • "I Made The Team!"

    Sean's younger brother Reid is a player in the school basketball team. The team and its coaches have responded to Sean's enthusiasm for the team and, as a result, Sean (who has cerebral palsy) has become an integral part of the team, cheering the team on and acting as assistant manager.

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  • Translating Self-Determination Concepts into Support for Adults with Severe Disabilities

    In order for people with severe disabilities to become more self-determining, they need to have the opportunity to exercise choice and control over their life. This requires self-awareness and a supportive environment. In this report, the authors discuss the components of self-determination and describe several barriers to self-determination.

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  • Social Role Valorization and The English Experience

    This book presents the first considered full-length account of Wolfensberger's Social Role Valorisation (SRV) theory, with specific reference to the English context. It clearly demonstrates that the concept of social role valorization is directly relevant to individuals and organisations working with vulnerable groups.

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  • When I'm Gone

    This 'user-friendly' book is has been written for parents who wish to tailor their will to provide for their son or daughter's future. Making a will cannot create options which do not otherwise exist, but careful provisions in a will to benefit a person with an intellectual disability can maximise...

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  • What Restraints Teach

    In this article Pat Amos uses examples to explain how behavioural restraints instil fear and distrust rather than achieving co-operation. She offers five negative lessons that restraints teach, saying behavioural restraint is a quick fix rather than a solution.

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  • A Quarter-Century of Normalization and Social Role Valorization: Evolution and Impact

    This book is unique in tracing the evolution and impact of Normalisation and SRV over the last quarter-century, with many of the chapter authors personally involved in a still-evolving international movement. Bengt Nirje and Wolf Wolfensberger give detailed first-person accounts of the origins of Normalisation in Scandinavia and of its...

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  • It may be Non-Aversive, but is it Non-Coercive?: The Ethics of Behavior Change

    Nancy Weiss argues that the cycle of control in behaviour management must be broken and that over-reliance on behavioural interventions should not be encouraged. Weiss suggests focussing on the individual: Who is this person? What are his/her unmet needs? What might he/she want to change about his/her life? She encourages...

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  • How Self-Determined are People with Mental Retardation? The National Consumer Survey

    Being self-determined involves having control over choices and decisions impacting on one's life. Based on an American national survey, this article captures the importance of self-determination for all people including people with intellectual disability. Individual perceptions of independence, integration and productivity were identified as reflective of the self-determination of people...

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  • Your Say

    Many issues around disability are carried by the media, including talkback radio. While talkback radio can be used to misinform people, including the decision makers - equally it can be used to inform people. This short article suggests that instead of avoiding the commercial radio stations, we should start listening...

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