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  • Futures planning: Supporting a new vision

    This paper describes Personal Futures Planning - a new way of thinking about meeting an individual's unique needs, desires and abilities, and compares it with previous systems.

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  • Claire comes to school

    A parent briefly describes her family's continuing struggle to allow her daughter Claire, who has a disability, to have the same educational opportunities as other children. They have managed to secure only 2 days a week in a regular school. ". . .

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  • Take risks, ride the river

    This article describes a river trip for 3 adults and 9 teenagers, one of whom - Wilson - has a disability.

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  • Service brokerage

    This paper attempts to clarify readers' understanding of the nature and range of service brokerage in Australia and overseas.

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  • Money for a change

    The author argues that we have to find ways that genuinely root people with disabilities in their neighbourhoods rather than segregated and lonely lives and which develop structures to give people real power to influence services around them.

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  • Connecting with community

    The author describes her attempts to facilitate friendships between her son and other young people during the summer when he comes to stay with his brother and sister. She compares how easily the other two young children form networks during this period.

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  • Quality of life includes friendship

    This is a letter to the editor which discusses the difference between the naturalness of friendship and paid contact in human services. The writer argues that the qualities of friendship cannot be duplicated in a paid situation. Keyword: Friendship

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  • A circle of friends: A social support and advocacy structure

    A Circle of Friends is a group of people providing support for a person who is unable to obtain set goals by him or her self.

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  • Disability reform in need of rehabilitation

    This article criticises the Disability Reform Package 18 months after its implementation in November 1991. Introduced as a new measure to assist people with disabilities the system in fact creates more problems. This is partly caused by inconsistencies between DSS and CES and conflicting requirements. Keyword: Government

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  • What's happening with the State government? Why is it a crucial time to influence policy?

    This article by Queensland Parents of People with Disabilities looks at what is happening in Queensland in the area of disability due to policy processes occurring in the State government, and QPPDs campaign to influence these policies and practices. Issues are inclusive education, accommodation and inclusive lifestyles. Keyword: Government

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