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  • A grandparent's view

    A grandparent relates how she came to terms with the news that her grandchild, born in another country, has Down Syndrome. She advises other grandparents to obtain up-to-date written information and to talk to others who are familiar with Down Syndrome.

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  • Unexpected death of an infant sibling

    This report focuses on the responses of 35 brothers and sisters of babies who died of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Most of the children were obviously affected - the family unit and their role in it has changed, and their security was threatened.

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  • How to help after the death of a child

    This paper looks at how people react to the news of a baby dying around its time of birth by a woman whose son was stillborn and who now leads a support group for other parents.

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  • Family has love, security: Bias is still their biggest 'handicap'

    This brief newspaper article is about a Sydney couple who both have cerebral palsy and are the subjects of a poster about peoples' attitudes. The Morgans have two children and they candidly discuss the discrimination they and their children face, especially from older people rather than their own children's friends.

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  • Focus on California Research Institute (CRI)

    Presents the results of five years of research in to the placement of children with disabilities into regular schools. The findings are very strongly in support of the positive outcomes of integration. Amongst other findings was a significant one which suggested that parents rate the severity of their child's disability...

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  • Racial hygiene, active euthanasia and Julius Hallervorden

    This article describes a euthanasia programme which took place in Germany in the 1930s. This article serves as a timely reminder of how easily such a situation can be put in place with the tacit agreement of quite ordinary people of seemingly moderate persuasion.

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  • Perspectives on parents in advocacy

    Cheryl Simpson, the parent of a teenager with disability describes the three traditional views that she encountered with the birth of her child. These are: the Medical View, the Miracle Cure View and the Tragic View.

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  • Families making changes

    In this article, an Australian mother writes about her twin daughters who have intellectual disability and high support needs. She describes the impact on the family's life of the individualised funding that has enabled her daughters to have their own attendant carers.

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  • Learning messages

    A list of points drawn up by the International League of Societies for Persons with Mental Handicaps to mark International Year of the Family. They all relate to issues of justice and equality for people with disabilities and their families, with an emphasis on inclusion in the community. Keyword: Inclusion

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  • Mum or supermum?

    Deborah Fullwood, parent and former occupational therapist, discusses the difficulties of being a family with a disabled child in a society that values health, wholeness and "normality". She presents her views on behalf on many health care receivers and looks at the stresses families are subjected to apart from the...

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