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  • Inclusion vs. exclusion - Society is at a turning point

    This short article is a brief but succinct analysis of two opposing trends - inclusion and exclusion. The author argues that this has become a debate between people who believe in exclusivity and those who believe in inclusion. He highlights this by presenting the assumptions of both factions.

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  • Every moment counts for something

    This brief article describes how a family held true to their values of home and family, and brought their son and daughter home from institutions. Support was provided by family, friends, the community and professional agencies.

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  • Labour and community: New coalitions for change

    The author is a union leader and his article calls for a more egalitarian economic agenda plus a social agenda concerned with the distribution of wealth. This is part of creating a caring community in which discrimination on any basis is not countenanced.

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  • The neighbours aren't nice with me - consumers' comments on independent living

    This paper looks at some of the problems people experience when they are living independently. The study showed that problems are often associated with the area being lived in rather than with receiving poor support. Keyword: Accommodation

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  • When "safe" is no longer enough

    This short article discusses what is, on the face of it, "safe" for people who have disabilities and what is right.

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  • Must moving out mean moving on?

    A brief but powerful paper containing some insights into the history of institutions and the gradual closures of such places.

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  • Eating for enjoyment

    This group of articles describes practices which are not devaluing when assisting people with high support needs to manage their meals. Keyword: Individualisation

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  • Inclusion! The bigger picture

    This article describes the many aspects of inclusion and argues that communities of diversity are better and more productive places in which to live and learn, and those that reject diversity put us all at risk.

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  • Employment of persons with dual sensory impairment: Strategies for inclusion

    This paper describes several strategies used to ensure the inclusion of people with dual sensory impairments and other multiple disabilities in integrated community employment. It discusses job restructuring, the use of natural supports and volunteerism.

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  • Towards inclusiveness

    This story tells of one of their daughter's journey towards a life of inclusion. It concentrates on Shawntell's giftedness, whereas professionals and those around her saw, and often still see, only a severe and profound disability.

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