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  • And the walls come tumbling down

    Against the historical background of institutions, the author adds an interesting perspective to the debate on deinstitutionalisation. He maintains that the community needs to create networks which will share the responsibilities for inclusion rather than pouring resources into paid professional services which he believes can't deliver. Keyword: Community Development

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  • Building and mobilising informal family support network

    This article by a family support agency (STAR) in Victoria says that it is not hard to find enthusiastic people who will provide a foster home and family for a range of people with disabilities.

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  • Great expectations....Disability can inspire them

    This short article describes the four qualities of "Great Expectations" - vision, hope, determination and revision. It shows how these great expectations create real benefits for communities and how they cause mixed emotions for families. Keyword: Families

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  • Report on workshops: Extra costs of disability

    In 1987 the Office of Disability invited people with disabilities, their advocates and families to participate in meetings held in four Australian States in order to obtain their ideas about the range of costs issues which affect their day-to-day lives, and the best way to gain this information.

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  • Patterns and trends in public services to families with a mentally retarded member

    This article discusses the fact that while most people with disabilities spend much of their lives with their natural families, little attention has been given in the past by governments, agencies and researchers to the long term needs of families.

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  • Parent Advocacy

    This brief information sheet provides a definition of parent advocacy and what it is not, and some of the things a parent advocacy group can do. Addresses of two Queensland and New South Wales advocacy groups are given. Keyword: Advocacy

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  • Ensuring informed choice by consumers in an Individual Supported Jobs Service

    This paper, presented by Jane Baxter at an Open Employment Forum In Brisbane, discusses the procedures used by Workscope, an open employment agency for people who have high support needs.

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  • Effective school to work transition

    Rosemary Lawn, Managing Director of a Perth supported employment agency, discusses effective school to work transition for people who have high support needs. She presents thoughts by Barbara Wilcox, an American professor who visited Western Australia to help people really look at the issue of transition.

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  • Notes taken on a speech given by Wendy Richardson at the Citizen Advocacy A.G.M.

    These notes were taken by Judy Ellis, a parent leader who attended the Citizen Advocacy Annual General Meeting where Wendy Richardson spoke as a parent and how she sees the role of citizen advocacy in the context of family. Keyword: Advocacy

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  • Community management: A working model

    This paper examines the correct practices of community management - it acknowledges some of the criticisms of community management but also recognises from first hand experience where it has worked.

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