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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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  • Some ideas for lobbying

    This is a list in point form of techniques for lobbying bureaucracies, adapted from a list put out by the Co-ordination Council for Handicapped Children, USA, in 1971.

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  • Disability and legislation: The relationship between changing policy and changing practice

    This paper addresses the emergence of Australian government policy relating to intellectual disability and the resulting impact upon those who live with its consequence.

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  • Disability and discrimination

    Moira Rayner, Victorian Commissioner for Equal Opportunity, discusses the issue of disability and discrimination and the law in Victoria. She looks at discrimination in education and employment, and instances of both direct and indirect discrimination. Keyword: Government

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  • Disability Services Bill 1993

    The detail of this legislation (Disability Services Bill 1993) includes all amendments as passed by both Houses of Parliament in this its second print. The final print is called The Disability Services Act, 1993 and commenced in April 1993. Keyword: Government

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  • Goals! Goals! Goals!

    The author clarifies the need for families with a member with a disability to set goals. She cautions against making the goals too vague or unattainable. This necessitates employing critical thinking skills. Keyword: Families

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