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  • Citizen Advocacy: making a difference in people's lives

    This article contains the keynote address at a TASH conference in America by Frankie Lewis, who has helped many children leave nursing homes and enter regular homes. Her work epitomises the kinds of natural supports that make full inclusion possible.

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  • Parent/professional relationships

    This paper acknowledges the discomfort parents and professionals often feel in each others company. It also draws attention to the fact that when parents and professionals work together truly and genuinely, their teamwork can achieve a great deal for people who have disabilities. Keyword: Professionals

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  • A lost generation of parents

    Note about language: This article was written in 1977 and as such uses language such as "he" and "him" as generic terms for children, professionals and parents.

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  • Citizen advocacy

    This British article provides a brief reasoning of citizen advocacy, its key concepts and what citizen advocacy is NOT. Keyword: Advocacy

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  • Leslie's story

    This is a brief story by Leslie Manny who describes her loneliness and difficulty in meeting people because of her disability. She then tells of her citizen advocate and what that person has meant in her life. Keyword: Advocacy

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  • Viewpoint: A parent's perspective on self advocacy

    Louise Hackett, the parent of a son with autism, describes the National People First Conference she attended in Tennessee, America, and the issues which confronted her around independence versus protection for people who have disabilities.

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  • Affectionate bonds: What we can learn....by listening to friends

    This article describes friendships between people with and without disabilities, and is the result of a study of four pairs of friends. The study looked at how people become friends and each person's role within a friendship.

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  • Materials on relationships

    This American article was written in response to requests for information on how to develop and support relationships between individuals with disabilities and those without. By living in service structures, most people who have disabilities develop relationships with paid staff and become "clients".

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  • Who has the learning difficulty?

    Mark Burton, a psychologist and service manager with a community support team in Victoria, discusses such terms as "learning difficulties", the problems associated with them, and the use of collective terms for people who have disabilities.

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  • What's in a word?

    This article is written in the form of a letter, and slightly tongue-in-cheek, about the jargon and labelling used when referring to people who have disabilities. Keyword: Attitudes

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