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  • Obtaining evidence from people with an intellectual disability - the right to be heard

    This paper argues that the protection and enhancement of the rights of people with intellectual disabilities ought increasingly to engage them with society's systems of justice. it explores our systems of justice and how they can be put to the test of ensuring fair participation by people with disabilities.

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  • Providing contraceptive choices for the intellectually handicapped client

    Most people with disabilities are able to make informed and considered choices regarding the control of their fertility if they are provided with adequate information and counselling presented in an appropriate manner. This article attempts to address some of the issues that may be raised for the clinician or the...

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  • Medical consent and intellectual handicap- who decides?

    This paper looks at issues of contraception and sterilisation which raise the sensitive issue of sexual freedom and expression, the right to procreate and the right to self determination for people with disabilities. It describes historical aspects of legal interventions which have occurred for people with disabilities and how the...

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  • The family challenge

    This brief article lists a series of principles relating to family issues, such as "Family Support - Families do not and can not do their work of nurturance as a privatised unit. They need support from the rest of society and can not 'live alone'".

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  • A Bibliophile Ponders Librarians and the Changing Needs of Victorians with Disabilities

    Changes in information services have required libraries to become information service centres and librarians to become more knowledgeable about disability issues. This paper outlines some of the innovation in Victorian disability policy and examines certain elements which might support librarians in their developing a personal philosophy for working with disabled...

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  • Fertility management - ongoing issues

    This article looks at issues of fertility management for people with an intellectual disability. It describes cases in the UK and Australia where, for example, sterilisation was allowed by the courts. It describes legislation or legal advice provided in various Australian states relating to fertility management. Keywords: Legal, Ethics

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  • Women defend rights of disabled daughters

    This news article reports the views of parents with daughters who have intellectual disabilities on hysterectomies as a means of menstrual management. These parents, along with Annie McDonald, feel that parents should not be able to make decisions affecting the liberty of their children with intellectual disabilities when those decisions...

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  • Disability and ethnicity: a double disadvantage

    This article suggests reasons for marginalisation of people with disabilities and their families from ethnic communities. Using case examples it discusses why it is imperative that adequate thought be given for clients who derive from non English speaking backgrounds - "To deny ethnicity as a factor is to deny a...

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  • A parent's view

    This article was presented at a conference in Victoria on sterilisation entitled "My Body, My Mind, My Choice". It is written by a parent who argues that issues of menstruation, for example, should be looked at objectively - it need not be a crisis, it can not be seen as...

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  • The supportive school environment

    This one page information sheet uses a diagram to show three levels of provisions schools can make to develop positive behaviour in students. It shows positive and preventative measures on one level, problem solving on another, and retrieval and remediation measures on a third level.

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