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  • 1996 TASH Keynote Luncheon Speaker

    Justin Dart would have been a very powerful speaker to listen to. This transcript of his speech sets out clearly defined guidelines of ways people can achieve self-determination, productivity and quality of life. Dart acknowledges that US public policy doesn't meet the needs of people with a disability.

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  • Everyone Belongs: School Inclusion and Social Relationships in Italy

    This article details four elements which have been found to be crucial to including all students in regular public education in Italy. Dr. Raffaels Tortora is quoted as saying: "Italy has become a laboratory for the rest of the world. Other nations send representatives to observe our schools".

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  • Pursuing Self Determination

    The move towards self determination has seen people with a disability, supported by family and friends, working with professionals to determine their own futures. It has seen people with a disability have control over how funding is spent, with reliance on community support systems rather than service delivery systems.

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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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