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  • Supporting Friendships: One Parent's Reflections

    A mother of a child with Autism, shares the moving story of the friendships formed through his participation on the Science Olympics team.

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  • Lessons Learned About Promoting Friendships

    This article discusses methods to facilitate real friendships between people with and without disability, with emphasis on school-aged students. It is suggested that the focus should be shifted from 'activities' to 'relationships', while being aware that building friendship takes time and effort.

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  • The Tie That Binds

    Aishling writes about her unique friendship with Sue, a 25 year-old woman with autism. Their friendship formed in a high school English class and has been life-long, with Aishling playing the role of support worker and friend.

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  • The Glass-Eyed Bead Game

    This humorous article discusses the policy implementation process as a series of 'games' between players with diverse interests. Each player will seek to avoid scrutiny of their actions, and responsibility and blame for any wrong decisions.

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  • Building Inclusive Capacity at School: A Practical Conversation with Educators

    This article extracts a conversation with the Deputy Principal and senior teacher of a Perth primary school which has implemented a unique model of inclusive education. The key elements of the program's success are partnership and collaboration with parents, a positive school leadership, and positive classroom attitudes.

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  • Escaping the Continuum

    This article reviews a video, which follows the inclusion of a child with disability in a regular classroom. It examines the benefits to not only the child but the whole class.

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  • Should Schools Include Children with Disability

    This article provides ten moral arguments in support of inclusive education. These include the longer-term benefits of an inclusive society, as well as the benefits to students with and without disability, and their teachers.

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  • Academic Progress of Students Across Inclusive and Traditional Settings

    This academic study investigates the impact of inclusion on the progress of students in Grades 2 to 5 with and without disability. Students without disability educated in inclusive settings made significantly greater progress in reading and maths, than did their peers in 'traditional' segregated settings.

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  • Friendships Between Persons With and Without Developmental Disabilities

    Interpersonal connections, friendships and belonging, play important roles in a person's emotional and physical well-being. However, recent studies reveal that persons with developmental disabilities often live with few connections and friendships within unwelcoming communities.

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  • Joscelyn's Journey

    In this video you are introduced to Joscelyn Sweeney, her family, school and friends. Joscelyn is in Year 6 at Lake Albert Public School in Wagga Wagga, NSW. She was the first child with significant intellectual disability to be educated in the regular class at this school.

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