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  • Supports for Community Living: A case study

    This case study looks at ways of building on and strengthening natural community supports. It focuses on Melvin White, an elderly man with severe disabilities, and his support worker, Lori Solemo. In a shift away from the current paradigm of 'program' to a paradigm of 'support', Lori provides more than...

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  • Inclusion of Older Adults with Mental Retardation in Leisure Opportunities

    Including aging people with intellectual disability in community leisure options can bring about increased opportunities and personal empowerment. The authors identify six considerations that can impede the inclusion of aging people with intellectual disability in community leisure activities: changes in health status and social networks; limited access to community leisure...

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  • Merging Interests: Aging and Persons with and without developmental disabilities

    "Today, institutionalisation as an elderly person increases for us all as we age, not just for persons with developmental disabilities. The struggle to sustain a sense of worth... results in a merging of interests of both groups in old age".

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  • One Family's Viewpoint on Human Services

    Matthew Ellis is a young man with high support needs. In this interview, his mother Judy, sister Libby, and brother James talk openly about the influences in their thinking over the years that have encouraged them - and others - to think differently about Matthew and discover what his real...

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  • Tool Kit for Advocacy: a human rights framework for persons with disabilities

    The title says it all! This is an excellent tool kit for families, people with disabilities and all those wanting to create change for people with disabilities. The tool kit came out of a workshop - Developing Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities - which was held in Kingston, Jamaica in 1995.

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  • Developing Inclusive School Communities - strategies for parents

    This book offers valuable and practical advice to both parents and teachers who support inclusive education. It draws on the experience of parents and teachers, and is interspersed with personal quotations. The book includes information on a range of curricular adaptations and instruction modifications for the inclusive classroom; ideas for...

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  • Captives of Care

    This is John Roarty's personal account of his struggle for the right of people with disabilities in institutions to be treated as responsible members of the community. When John Roarty entered Weemala ( Royal Rehabilitation Centre) at the age of sixteen, he came face to face with deprivation.

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  • Normalisation and 'Normal' Ageing: the social construction of dependency among older people with learning difficulties

    The authors argue that many service providers are creating additional barriers to the social integration (inclusion) of people with intellectual disabilities through inappropriate age stereotyping and discrimination. They stress that, when working towards the 'five accomplishments' based on normalisation principles, service providers should keep in mind the fact that aging...

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  • The positive impact of children with an intellectual disability on the family

    This paper reports the findings of a qualitative study on the positive impacts of children with an intellectual disability on their families. The study identified nine core themes: source of joy and happiness; increased sense of purpose and priorities; expanded personal and social networks and community involvement; increased spirituality; source...

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  • On Campus, A Canadian case study: people with an intellectual disability on campus

    The On Campus program at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada is a small, flexible program which provides adults with an intellectual disability with the opportunity to be part of the university. The focus of the program is on social integration and inclusion.

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