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  • The Aboriginal community - fostering links with the community welfare sector

    A really powerful article concerning Aboriginal people and the mainstream community welfare system. The author argues that the recent Native Title decisions should extend far beyond the issue of land to a recognition of other indigenous rights, such as the right to have a different system of child and family welfare.

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  • In your entourage

    The most important point that this article makes is how understanding of 'advocacy' has changed in the last two decades or so. Richler uses the work of the Canadian Association for Community Living to illustrate this.

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  • Queensland employment service: a good act to follow

    Employment training initiatives devised by the Queensland Spastic Welfare League get high praise from the federal government and this author for their leading edge work in placing people with disabilities in real jobs. Keyword: Employment

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  • Brendan's story

    Another story by a parent about the decision that their son would "live his life to the full" starting with his education at both pre and school age levels. The parent talks about the way that many professionals see only deficiency rather than ability, and says that parents must not...

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  • The road less travelled....in search of positive inclusion of children in local, home schools

    Darrell Wills presents some interesting thoughts about the possible detriments of using legal strategies to include children in their local schools. His central argument is that while legislation is important for safeguarding a whole number of things, inclusion cannot be forced through legislation if teachers, principals and other professionals are...

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  • Sexual abuse and intellectual disability: Creating a context for change

    In an extremely forthright article, Horsley asks the rhetorical questions "How has violence remained so acceptable and so entrenched in the lives of most disabled people?" and "Why has the legal system and government services continued to fail people with disabilities?".

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  • If only I'd known

    This is an excellent story by an older parent. She talks about what she and her partner went through 20 or more years ago when they first discovered their child had a disability. It was quite different to what happens now.

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  • Demystifying special education for regular class teachers

    A useful article for teachers or for parents who have approached their local school about the inclusion of their son or daughter and the principal and/or teachers are arguing that they don't have the appropriate skills.

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  • How parents can help children develop friendships

    11 ways in which parents can encourage natural relationships to develop between their son or daughter and other children in the neighbourhood or school. Its basic line is 'YOU have to get out there!' and if you don't feel you can do it on your own, ask friends or neighbours...

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  • Accentuate the positive

    These authors have conducted research on people with learning difficulties with an emphasis on getting people's personal stories. Using the personal history of one woman with learning difficulties as an example, the authors interrogate the "presumption of incompetence" which they maintain is generally held by professionals by specifying a "deficiency...

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