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  • Examples of Some Successful Strategies in Empowering Those Who Utilize Services

    "We live in an era when the lives of countless persons are shaped by bureaucratic, professionalised human services. The characteristics of these modern service organisations can often have the effect of disempowering those who rely on 'services' for assistance." In this article, Kendrick offers some of the factors that contribute...

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  • Death of the Disability Services Act

    In this forceful article, Jim McMenamin laments the lack of continuing commitment on the part of government to the Disability Services Act and Commonwealth/State Disability Agreement. He draws attention to the fact that people with disability are still oppressed and voices the belief that, if change is to be effected,...

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  • Advocacy and the Challenging of Authority

    Kendrick addresses the fact that the role of advocate comes more naturally to some than others, particularly given that our attitudes towards authority are inevitably shaped by our family and culture. He stresses that if advocacy is to take place, there needs to be a willingness to challenge authority if...

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  • Reducing the Fears and Inhibitions concerning Personal Advocacy

    In this informative article, Kendrick stresses that the decision as to how to undertake advocacy cannot just revolve around assessing the risk and gains to be made but must take into account who we are as people and the feelings (eg. fear, passion, outrage) that are likely to influence us.

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  • Inclusion & Universal Cooperation

    Speaking as a person with disability, Berman Bieler warns that constant vigil is required in order to achieve an inclusive society. This future requires the growth of human and personal development, tolerance, acceptance, solidarity and co-operation. She says

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  • Jacqui's Story - and how Asking opened up Community Involvement

    Gina Callaghan explains how she went about discovering what activities might interest Jacqui, a young woman with disability. She describes the process of linking Jacqui to other people in the community, listing points to consider when introducing a person with disability to a group.

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  • Arguing about Genetics and Disability

    This article presents a dialogue between two hypothetical characters in order to bring out some of the main arguments against prenatal screening and highlight some of the problems with these arguments. The author's own views are a composite of both characters' position. Keyword: Ethics

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  • Bio-gene Technology and the Disabled: The Unheard Voice

    With bio/gene technology research developing at breathtaking speed, we need to ask whether this knowledge will be used for the good of human kind. Wolbring argues for a society which supports human diversity. He makes it clear people with disability must be given the opportunity to be heard in this...

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  • Activism and life learning

    Diana Quin understands what it is like to have a physical disability and at the same time come from a non-english speaking backgound. In this short article she shares some of her experiences, including her struggle to go to university.

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  • In Search of the Promised Land: The Collected Papers of Burton Blatt

    Burton Blatt devoted his life to highlighting the nature and conditions of human abuse. He was a teacher, scholar, author and, above all, a passionate advocate for people with intellectual disability. The papers in this collection are in 4 parts: Part 1 looks at institutional life and its impact on...

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