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Unlikely Alliances: Friendship and people with developmental disabilities

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This is a very rich and potent paper by the O'Brien's. Using a concept of friendship that contains 4 elements - attraction, embodiment, power and community - they then relate these specifically to the dynamics of friendship that involve people with disabilities (exposing many myths in the process). This particular focus is chosen because it sets friendship in the context of building a more just community, and also because the social construction of disability can make friendships particularly difficult for people with disabilities. There are some beautiful stories in this paper which expose the intricate, subtle and varied natures of friendships that involve people with disabilities.,This article can also be found on our book shelves (File No. 3101). See also File No.'s 10643 and 3123. Keyword: Friendship. Searchword: Community Development

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O'Brien, John and Connie Lyle
Responsive Systems Associates Inc.,
Publication Date
1 January 1993
United States

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