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  • Parents with intellectual disabilities: Facts, fallacies and professional responsibilities

    Gwynnyth Llewellyn, Senior Lecturer in Developmental Disabilities at the University of Sydney examines research on parenthood for people who have disabilities to clarify the facts and fallacies of commonly held opinions.

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  • Controversy over facilitated communication: Severe communication impairment

    Doug Biklen, Director of the Facilitated Communication Institute at Syracuse University, USA, explains facilitated communication, an alternative to speech for many people who do not speak or whose speech is highly limited.

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  • Dreaming cities to life

    David Engwicht , author of Towards and Eco-City , argues that the tragedy of many western cities is that they have become segregated, regimented mono-cultural cities. "Such a mono-cultural existence which segregates the elderly. . . (the) disabled . . . impoverishes all those in the city".

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  • The right to communicate

    These two pages were handouts at the "Right to Communicate" conference in 1992. Anne McDonald, who fought a hard battle to gain her discharge from an institution in Victoria with the aid of facilitated communication (introduced to her by a worker named Rosemary Crossley), summarises the right to communicate.

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  • Nothing dirty about being disabled

    This letter, by the mother of a child with a disability, was reprinted from a local paper. She takes to task the attitudes of people who would wish to segregate children who have disabilities and gives strong reasons, from financial to community, why this is both short-sighted and wrong.

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  • About Shawntell Strully

    Jeff and Cindy Strully, parent leaders from America, believe friendships should be an educational goal. They point out how people often describe children and dream about their futures. This paper presents two entirely different descriptions of their daughter - one by her friends and one by her service workers.

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  • The contradiction of kindness; The clarity of justice

    Marcia Rioux, Director of the Roeher Institute, Canada, writes that in spite of the social and legal requirement under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Canada), people with disabilities are still waiting for equal rights with their differences being respected and taken into account.

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  • Social integration and friendship

    Jeff Strully, a parent leader from America, states that "the lives of all people in our community are measured by our relationships and connectedness to a place called home where people want to be with us because they are our friends".

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  • Summary of the regulations regarding the individualised family service plan

    This is a concise summary of the content of the Individualised Family Service Plan which is developed jointly between the family and appropriate qualified personnel involved in the provision of early intervention services to meet the needs of the child.

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  • Having a baby

    This article is the result of two interviews given by Robert and Julie Strike, 6 months before the birth of their daughter and then 2 months after.

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