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  • Families and empowerment: a new dynamic in deinstitutionalisation

    This paper describes the experiences of Canadian families who were provoked into action with the closure of the institution their son or daughter had been living in. For many families, this was the beginning of a process of empowerment after years of resigning themselves to the knowledge they were unable...

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  • Ethics of fundraising - Statement of Principles

    DACA drafted this Statement to declare its position in relation to the ethics of fundraising. It raises issues such as imagery and terminology which demean people, and argues that fundraising activities should work towards enhancing community perceptions of people with disabilities. Keyword: Ethics. Searchword: Attitudes

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  • Preschool for the handicapped child

    While this article is more than 10 years old, it is a highly informative paper for parents because it lists some of the issues to be aware of and questions to ask when considering pre-school enrolment for children who have a disability.

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  • The ideal human service for a societally devalued group

    Wolfensberger (the Director of the Training Institute for Human Service Planning, Leadership and Change Agentry at Syracuse University, the developer of Social Role Valorisation and the founder of citizen advocacy) writes this scathing attack on community attitudes and barriers towards people who have intellectual disabilities, to raise questions about why...

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  • A personal philosophy on the inclusion of a child with Down Syndrome in the community

    This is an interesting story about a family's decision to adopt a newly born baby who has Down Syndrome. The mother describes her and her family's dreams for her son, as well as his own dreams. Although the young boy is included in many activities and groups in his community,...

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  • Taking on the bureaucratic world

    This excerpt from the author's book, Taking On the World (we have this on our book shelves) gives a brief insight into dealing with the bureaucratic world, beginning with bureaucratic responses designed to put parents off.

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  • How to run a group

    This paper, written by a Family Support Service worker, provides some guidelines on running a group. It includes strategies for maintaining a group, group leadership and improving member roles. Keywords: Community Development, Families

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  • Parent action in local communities: Cairns regional parent network

    This paper contains valuable information for families interested in parent networks and support groups. It describes the Cairns Regional Parent Network, how they formed, and the outcome of a Forum they planned for bringing parents together.

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  • Taking on the World: Empowering Strategies for Parents of Children with Disabilities

    The author provides "practical advice on how to take on and overcome the stresses of the family, medical, school, church, work and bureaucratic worlds. She advises parents on such things as stabilising their emotions, organising parent groups to get needed services from government agencies, schools, and the medical establishment.

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  • A Stitch in Time: A study into the respite care needs of families with disabled children in Victoria

    This study on respite care by the Children's Bureau of Australia (a non government agency that pursues three main activities nation wide - research, advocacy and information services relating to children) "examines its use for disabled children, providing a comprehensive overview of the characteristics of the population studies and parents'...

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