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  • Inclusion is not a place, it's a feeling

    A mother writes of her pride at her son Troy's graduation from a mainstream school. Troy's moving graduation speech is included. He explains that the law may demand inclusion, but it is his friends who make him a part of the community and help him overcome his disability (Downs Syndrome).

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  • Personal assistance -what it is and what it is not

    Drawing on personal experience, the author discusses the importance of empowerment in personal assistance. The relationship between the assistant and the assisted should be honest, open and respectful; each should be suited to the other. Providing the assisted person with the funds to manage and control their support is preferable...

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  • Being done "(un)to" or not!!!

    This inspirational paper traces Mike's journey and quest for independence. After voluntarily admitting himself to an institution, he participated in the 'Demonstration Project', a trial of a supported accommodation program for people with disability, which encourages self-management of support needs. Mike was a founder of Lifestyle Options Inc.

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  • Some personal reflections in the bringing about change more authentically 'with' people who require services

    This paper discusses the 'person by person' project in Melbourne which works to empower families to create a vision for their children based on each individual's unique talents and abilities. Professionals should be creative and flexible, trying to develop 'right' relationships for the individual at the interactional and structural levels.

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  • The Erosion of Individualised Funding in Alberta

    Individualised funding enables people with disability and their families to have control over the purchase of their own supports, thus gaining autonomy. This article reports on the erosion of individualised funding in Alberta, Canada which had been considered a world leader in this area.

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  • Definately a nice story

    A father tells of the sense of belonging felt by his son when he was included in a neighbourhood basketball game.

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  • Noble justice?

    This editorial discusses the inherent injustice in Robert Latimer's reduced sentence for the murder of his daughter, Tracey who had an intellectual disability. (in Canada, 1994) The judge's acceptance that the murder was committed out of 'love' sends out a distressing message about the devaluation of people with disability.

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  • Apartheid or Inclusion: A Moral Question?

    This article, directed at teachers, explores the injustice of segregated education. After briefly recounting the history of segregation, the author asks teachers to recognize the educational and moral benefits of inclusive education and to make their classroom welcoming to all students.

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  • Presentation to the First National Post Secondary Conference June 25th 2001

    Rashaad Sayeed, a first-year college student, reflects on her positive experiences of inclusive education. She attributes her success to 'the push' from her family, support of long-term friends and hard work. An inclusive community can ensure that people with disability are on the 'inside' rather than on the 'outside looking in'.

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  • Conceptualising a Coherent Funding Model to Support School Communities to Build Inclusive Capabilities

    This article highlights a model of inclusive education funding which connects funding to the school rather than the individual child. Tagging the funding to the child encourages schools to label the child as the 'problem' and to emphasise the severity of their disability.

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