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  • An Episode of Innocence

    This article carries a strong message about the vulnerability of those with disabilities. In a clear case of discrimination, Christopher Derkacz, two years old and basically a healthy child, was denied intensive care because he had Down Syndrome. Christopher died.

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  • How One District Integrated Special and General Education

    Over the past ten years, the Winooski school district has worked towards inclusive education for all children in their community. This article outlines key steps undertaken, including redefinition of roles and teacher collaboration.

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  • The Struggle for a Real Life

    Peter Millier contrasts simply and movingly our understanding of what we understand when we think of a typical, ordinary 'real' life with the lifestyle that is commonly offered to a person with a disability. He goes on to outline reasons why this happens.

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  • Finding the Blind Spot

    This brief article challenges us to think before we act. We need to be careful that , having worked out what a person with a disability needs are, we don't put all our energies into submission writing, managing services and formulating policies.

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  • How To Call the Shots

    While targeted at people involved at Citizen Advocacy, this short article offers sound advice to people wishing to use the media to raise issues around disability.

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  • Parents of Non-English Speaking Background

    This excerpt from the report: "Families with Young Children with Disabilities and High Support Needs", provides an overview of current Australian research addressing issues by families from a non-English speaking background (NESB), who have a child with a disability. Several current themes are identified in the research.

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  • Intentional Communities: Interesting Social Experiments or Ghettos?

    In this article, the author is not talking about intentional communities of people with a disability coming together, but rather mixed communities forming around shared interests. He argues that such communities foster interdependence and for individuals who have a disability. This means less reliance on paid support.

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  • Reconstructing the Self: Photography, Education and Disability

    Photography, like language, provides a powerful means of defining individuals and social groups. This paper examines the potential of photographic work as a means of exploring and reconstructing understandings of disability in an educational context.

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  • Encourage Friendships for Children with Disabilities

    This article contains suggestions for encouraging friendships for children with disabilities. For younger children, this includes being open to friendship development and the child's choices, teaching the child to interact with his peers in play, educating peers and using play materials in activities that encourage interaction.

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  • The Inclusion Debate: What the Research Says

    This article examines three misconceptions that are evident in the debate on the education of students with disabilities. In doing so the author presents research findings that have documented the beneficial effect of education in regular classes, even for students with severe disabilities.

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