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  • Tarah - A teacher's view

    This is a thoughtful article by a teacher about her experience of inclusive education and the young girl who is in her class.

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  • Inclusion - Belief Driven Action

    This is an excellent summary of the leadership shown by one entire school district in Oregon (USA); the district has a policy of Inclusion from kindergarten to Year 12, which is a policy described in terms of "diversity" rather than "disability".

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  • An invitation to assembly

    This is a 'parent centred' story which talks about the significance of inclusive education for a mother. When her daughter attended a segregated school, she also felt that she wasn't welcomed or accepted into the local community (defined as different sets and forms of relationships).

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  • Finding a home for Fred

    This is a story of what advocacy is really about; it is a story about new ways of 'thinking' and 'doing'.

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  • Every mother has dreams for her children

    This mother talks about what often happens when a child is born with a disability; "dreams collapse in an abyss of the unknown and. . . sink beneath a list of limitations and negative statements about the child's potential".

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  • Friendships and Community Connections between People with and without Developmental Disabilities

    True community inclusion is much more than placing an individual with a disability in a community setting, it also means belonging and being in close friendships with other community members without disabilities.

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  • Violence and Abuse in the Lives of People with Disabilities

    Each year hundreds of thousands of individuals with disabilities become victims of neglect, sexual abuse, and physical violence. Abuse is undeniably one of the gravest social issues.

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  • Disability is not Measles; New Research Paradigms in Disability

    What does most research in the field of disability look like? It looks a great deal like the research into measles. The goal is prevention. Cures are sought. However, disability is not a medical condition that needs to be eliminated from the population.

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  • Learning from wider advocacy initiatives

    This is a report by a parent on three talks given at the Access '93 Inclusion in Life conference. Representatives from Community Aid Abroad, the Australian Conservation Foundation and a former Senator all gave their own perspectives on the process of lobbying and how to make it effective.

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  • Parents Perspective

    This mother writes passionately of her son's attendance at his local pre-school and how she wants this to be possible for all children (in this sense, inclusion is not just about 'disability', but about 'diversity').

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