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  • Diversity is Strength

    This is a report of the May 2002 Summit "Diversity is Strength". Summit participants identified key barriers that stand in the way of people with disability from non-English speaking backgrounds accessing disability agencies. The report also lists ideas that will assist in overcoming the barriers identified. Keyword: Cross Cultural

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  • A Place Called Home

    As a young adult, Alison Ouellette's son David showed that he was ready to move from the family home. In this short and honest book, Alison Ouellette traces her son David's life from birth to his finally moving into his own home in his mid-twenties.

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  • Personal Relationships between People with and Without Disabilities

    In this article, Zana Lutfiyya asserts that while it takes effort to establish connections between people with and without disabilities, there are ways that such relationships can be encouraged.

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  • Research, Advocacy, and the Making of Public Policy

    This article outlines the involvement of the University of Washington Center for Disability Policy & Research (CDPR) in developing effective public policy around people with developmental disability and their families. The authors encourage researchers, policy makers and consumers to work together to influence public policy.

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  • Healthy Sexuality: Attitudes, Systems & Policies

    People with disability are often not given the opportunity to express their sexuality. Sexuality, however, is part of what it is to be human. To deny sexuality often results in repression or inappropriate behaviour.

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  • Matching a Thinking System to a Student

    Sue Rubin explains how, lacking a way of communication as a child, she was assumed to have intellectual disability. All this changed when Rubin, who has autism, was introduced to facilitated communication.

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  • Let's look outside the Service System to give People a Real Choice

    People with disability are often offered service solutions which do not meet their needs - leading to the offers being rejected. In this thought-provoking article, David Hanman challenges service providers to find out what people actually want.

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  • How parents can use their experience to change problem behaviour

    Siobhan O'Rourke describes a way that parents can use their own skills and knowledge of their child to overcome problem behaviour. Gentle teaching provides a positive framework to help parent and child work together to develop more harmonious relationships. Keyword: Families

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  • a good life

    In writing "a good life" Al Etmanski draws on his experience both as a founder of PLAN (Planned Advocacy Lifetime Network) and a parent of a person with a disability. Etmanski identifies the elements that make up a good life.

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  • Working with Hannah

    Working with Hannah' is a detailed snapshot of the first years of school for Hannah, who has Down Syndrome as well as mobility and communication problems.

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