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  • Double Disadvantage

    This is a transcript of a speech by Irene Moss, the Race Discrimination Commissioner for the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, at the first national conference on the impact of disability within ethnic communities in Australia.

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  • Organising and Leading Parent Groups of Medium Structure

    "Those involved in the care of children are aware of the impact of the role of the parent in the development of the child. This awareness has brought about the implementation of a variety of parenting programs to a variety of parent groups".

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  • Enhancing social support for parents of developmentally disabled children: Training in interpersonal problem solving skills

    This paper describes a training program for enhancing parent support networks by improving parents interpersonal problem solving skills. It discusses the rationale for such a program which is to avoid making the child with the disability the scapegoat.

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  • Family support networks

    These notes were taken by Wendy McGlynn, a parent who attended a seminar on Family Support Networks by Bruce Uditsky, an educator who has worked extensively with families, individuals with disabilities and organisations.

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  • Metamorphosis to strength

    This is a brief account but provides a valuable insight into the strengths of parent to parent groups, and how new parents of a child with a disability can be helped by speaking with older parents. Keyword: Families

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  • Catching up with Jessica

    A parent has the Great Expectation that her whole family could participate 100% in a skiing holiday, they could all have a great time, and no-one would suffer. By planning this trip around the needs of her daughter who has cerebral palsy, this brief account shows how this happened.

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  • Some reflections on community life in the Blue Mountains for people with developmental disabilities

    This account describes how two parents realised they had held the mistaken belief that love for their daughter with high support needs meant protection.

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  • Our relationship to her has bonded us together

    This brief story about a woman who has Alzeimer's Disease describes how a family was enriched by her continuing inclusion as a family member and a contributing citizen. Keywords: Aging, Families

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  • He's a delightful kid

    This brief story is about a young boy who was adopted by his nurse after spending the first four years of his life in hospital because of his disability.

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  • The myth of coping alone: Supports for families

    This 1989 paper describes a variety of programs which provide families with resources to meet the ordinary and extraordinary pressures and responsibilities of family life. It looks at the limitations and benefits of the types of family support services available, overseas trends and the need for community networks.

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