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  • Sexual abuse and children with disabilities

    This article is a brief synopsis of Janice Daar Watson's article on children and sexual abuse (found on our book shelves in, The Disabled Child and the Family ). Janice calls for positive sex education and an abuse prevention program for children who have intellectual disabilities.

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  • Rights and responsibilities

    This article looks at the implications of the Disability Services and Guardianship Act, passed by the NSW Parliament, which confirms the right of people with disabilities to make their own life decisions where possible and providing a legal mechanism for solving problems. Keyword: Government

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  • Sexual abuse and people with an intellectual disability

    This paper, presented at the 1990 ASSID Conference, considers issues in relation to sexual abuse of adults and children with intellectual disabilities. It considers risk factors, prevention, protection, and intervention.

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  • Severe behaviour: whose problem?

    The article relates the story of Mr. Jordan, a man who was institutionalised and engaged in a range of long term extreme and self injurious behaviours.

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  • Behind the word - choice

    The word "choice" has come into fashionable use in services and politics. This article describes what it means and its importance to people who have disabilities. It also looks at assumptions which are made about "choice" in relation to social role valorisation, and the conflicts which may occur.

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  • Common vulnerability of groups who are at risk of social devaluation

    This paper lists the common causes of vulnerability of groups of people who are at risk of being marginalised in society. These include misrepresentation of their needs and rejection.

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  • Skills for using formal resources

    This paper suggests some techniques for parents of children with disabilities to use in dealing effectively with agencies, institutions and professionals, and in ways which are also self empowering. It emphasises that knowledge and skill are very powerful - "they are meant to be used as tools, not weapons".

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  • Normalisation

    This paper clearly sets out what is meant by the term "normalisation" (social role valorisation).

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  • Meeting the socio sexual needs of severely impaired adults

    This article by Wolfensberger - Director of the Training Institute for Human Service Planning and Change Agentry at Syracuse University - describes his experience of visiting a particular hostel in Sweden where, as the residents are socialised into the culture and into adulthood, they are also socialised into culturally normative...

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  • The Principle of Normalisation: A Foundation for Effective Services

    John O'Brien who, together with his wife (Connie Lyle) focuses on assisting organisations respond effectively to the needs of individuals, presents this paper which defines the principle of normalisation (social role valorisation) and highlights program features which influence the quality of life it supports for those it serves.

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