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  • Advocacy

    This article is based on Michael Kendrick's address at Family Advocacy's 1997 AGM. Michael posed the question "Is Advocacy worth it?" and then spoke about the value, uniqueness and importance of advocacy in society. Keyword: Advocacy

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  • Advocacy in Disability Policy: Parents and Consumers as Advocates

    This research paper gives a good insight into advocacy by parents and consumers. It is based on a survey of 43 participants in an advocacy training program. The paper identifies major themes in relation to supports for advocates: empowerment, networking and attitude. It also discusses barriers to effective advocacy.

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  • The Shift from Family to Community

    Working on the philosophy that children have a right to and are best placed in a family setting, Xavier Hospital (a hospital for children with disabilities) has moved from being a residential service to a service providing an individual, highly flexible approach to family based service provision.

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  • Fools and heretics: Parents' views of professionals

    Goodey powerfully and straightforwardly exposes the philosophy of exclusion in this article. He names the complex of systems, knowledge and professional 'expertise' in the lives of people with disabilities and their families as a facade. Underneath this facade are already made decisions about people's acceptability as human beings.

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  • Inclusive Lives Day 23/11/95 - Key points from Joan Hailstone & Jayne Barrett's Presentations

    Joan Hailstone & Jayne Barrett are parents of daughters who are young adults. They both spoke at a forum on 'Inclusive Lives' held by Family Advocacy in 1995.

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  • A Transition to a New Way of Thinking (reprinted in Interaction, Vol.1 No.1, 1997, p.26-29)

    In this extract from his book 'Unlocking the Imagination', Duffy points out the constraints of what he calls 'the Professional Gift model' of delivering human services.

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  • Philosophy in Practice

    Prof. Sapon Shevin emphasises that good teaching practice for special education is good teaching for all students. She stresses the importance of establishing a sense of community in the classroom and of utilising peers rather than over-dependence on aides.

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  • From Special Ed Preschools: Help or Hindrance?

    For many parents, special ed preschools are like manna from heaven, an answer to a prayer, and the greatest thing since slice bread! But when we look beyond the apparent benevolence of "helping" young children with disabilities, we'll know that the special ed preschool experience may be a hindrance to...

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  • Helping or Hovering? Effects of Instructional Assistant proximity on Students with Disabilities

    This research study on teacher's aides working with students with multiple disabilities in general classrooms shows that teacher's aides can actually be a barrier to the inclusion of students with disabilities.

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  • Issues for People with Double Disabilities

    This module from the Disability Awareness Package (File No. 1507) addresses the issue of double disability for people from non-English speaking, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, as well as from isolated rural communities. It also considers double disability in relation to women with disabilities.

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