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  • A letter from the Disability Discrimination Commissioner

    This is a letter about the recent High Court decision which ruled that the provisions introduced in 1992 for enforcement of HREOC determinations were invalid under the Constitution. The letter explains this decision further and sets out to reassure people that the Government will act quickly to make sure that...

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  • USA court upholds original placement

    This is a small piece on the landmark case in the U.S. in which the U.S. Court of Appeals finally ruled that Rachel Holland had the right to an inclusive education in the school her parents originally chose.

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  • Matthew doesn't live here anymore

    This is not only the story of a young man who lives in his own apartment, it is also a story of self determination, inclusive communities and the 'dignity of risk'. His parents have written the story of their son's decision to move out of home, and how his dream...

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  • Love, sex and friendship in the lives of people with disabilities: Respectful sexual policy...it is possible and achievable

    This author writes: "It is my firm belief that agencies that don't come to terms with a definition for appropriate sexual behaviour, and then determine parameters that guide all staff, are guilty of creating an environment that welcomes abuse...Agencies that determine all sexual behaviour as wrong create an environment in...

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  • Towards a sociological critique of the normalisation principle

    An extensive critique, Chappell's central argument is normalisation is a professional- centred theory concerning itself largely with quality in services, therefore working through existing structures rather than challenging them. Following from and adding to this, she argues that the theory does not problematise the relationship between professional and service user...

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  • Community is more than just a place

    Reed questions the way we think of 'community' when discussing disability. Why does a seemingly positive term become twisted when placed within this framework? Reed provides ways of 'getting back' to the positive definition. Keyword: Community Development

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  • Preschool inclusion: Family and child perspectives

    This article examines two specific aspects of an inclusive pre-school program: the benefits to the children with disabilities and the benefits to those children without. The authors mainly focus on the latter aspect of the inclusive program, presenting the results of a longitudinal study that showed that children who attended...

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  • Valuing the person or valuing the role? Critique of Social Role Valorisation theory

    Elks believes in the worth of normalisation theory. His central argument is that SRV is not an adequate replacement for the principle of normalisation for 4 main reasons: 1. inconsistencies in whether application of the theory is actually about valuing the person or valuing the person's social role. 2.

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  • Existence without life': Disability and genetics

    "Genetic engineering and genetic manipulation are now a reality. This paper examines the ways in which these developments have encroached on our lives and influenced our attitudes, and looks at their particular implications for disabled people." Ralph also explores the 'quality of life' debate, arguing that people who make the...

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  • The parent and professional alliance program

    This is a really great article about a group of parents who got together because they felt really disempowered by professionals. The parents wanted to share their stories, especially with physicians to help them become better able to provide appropriate health care.

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