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  • Be nice

    Dr. Marsha Forest, an American educator who developed the concept of "Circles of Friends" in America wrote this poem entitled "be nice". She says this is not the time to 'be nice' but rather the time for 'passion and fire'. ". . .

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  • An Examination of Disability Related Advocacy in South Australia

    The author Judith Cross, a Health and Welfare Consultant in South Australia, was commissioned to prepare this report in response to concerns expressed about the future of advocacy for people with disabilities in South Australia.

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  • Aging and accommodation issues for people with a disability

    This paper, prepared by the Disability Program Section of the Department of Health, Housing and Community Services, looks at strategies designed to widen the choice of housing available to aging persons with a disability.

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  • Consumer participation: A challenge for service providers

    Current service philosophies of Social Role Valorisation, the advent of the self advocacy movement and new legislation have all contributed to the current emphasis on consumer views being sought and used in shaping service delivery to ensure it is individualised.

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  • Issues of morality in service provision

    Lyn Farrell of Brisbane North Intellectual Disability Services, writes that "Human services all over the world have been guilty of stigmatising service users through the way in which services are provided and of contributing to the community's devaluing perception of these citizens".

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  • Caring for Children: Sharing the Care of Children with Intellectual Disabilities: A Parent - Care giver Partnership

    This article was written by Christine Baxter of the Deakin University Department of Intellectual Disabilities which conducted an evaluation of the Shared Family Care program which operates in Victoria.

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  • Challenging Integration: A Critique of Disability Policy

    This paper analyses the way in which the notions of 'integration' and 'normalisation' have been incorporated into disability policy to the potential political and economic benefit of government, and to the possible detriment of a significant number of people who have disabilities.

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  • Improving consumer participation

    AMIDA, a community based accommodation support organisation in Victoria, prepared this article as the result of its research into the effectiveness of consumer participation.

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  • Full marks for attendants

    The article describes an attendant care scheme based on individualised consumer control and worker participation. The author, an attendant of the Disability Attendant Study Incorporated in Victoria, maintains that attendant care is the key to de-institutionalisation and gives people with disabilities greater control over their lives and time.

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  • Quality lifestyles: Finding out what people really want

    This article looks at the ineffective ways in which information has historically been collected from people with a disability and their families.

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