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  • Patterns and trends in public services to families with a mentally retarded member

    This article discusses the fact that while most people with disabilities spend much of their lives with their natural families, little attention has been given in the past by governments, agencies and researchers to the long term needs of families.

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  • Parent Advocacy

    This brief information sheet provides a definition of parent advocacy and what it is not, and some of the things a parent advocacy group can do. Addresses of two Queensland and New South Wales advocacy groups are given. Keyword: Advocacy

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  • Ensuring informed choice by consumers in an Individual Supported Jobs Service

    This paper, presented by Jane Baxter at an Open Employment Forum In Brisbane, discusses the procedures used by Workscope, an open employment agency for people who have high support needs. Baxter emphasises the issue of choice for the people who used their service, and explains that they borrowed heavily from...

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  • Effective school to work transition

    Rosemary Lawn, Managing Director of a Perth supported employment agency, discusses effective school to work transition for people who have high support needs. She presents thoughts by Barbara Wilcox, an American professor who visited Western Australia to help people really look at the issue of transition.

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  • Notes taken on a speech given by Wendy Richardson at the Citizen Advocacy A.G.M.

    These notes were taken by Judy Ellis, a parent leader who attended the Citizen Advocacy Annual General Meeting where Wendy Richardson spoke as a parent and how she sees the role of citizen advocacy in the context of family. Keyword: Advocacy

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  • Community management: A working model

    This paper examines the correct practices of community management - it acknowledges some of the criticisms of community management but also recognises from first hand experience where it has worked. The authors argue that community management is in itself a social issue and, form that premise, they offer a developmental...

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  • Building and mobilising informal family support networks

    This article details Project SHaRE (Source of Help Received and Exchanged) which was conceived in response to work with poor families and families with disabled members who had needs that went continually unmet. The project is based on 11 characteristics around community which should strengthen family functioning e.g.

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  • A policy analysis of family support for families with members with developmental disabilities

    This is a draft of a policy analysis of family support in the context of disability policy. It comprehensively focuses on the characteristics of family support programs, the goals, values and principles of family support, historical and policy contexts and barriers.

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  • Sharing the caring: Re-thinking current policies

    This paper argues that we have constructed a society in which the main burden of care has been placed on women and the burden of income-earning on men. This is only one way of handling these key tasks and since that structure is changing so must the nature of caring itself.

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  • Parental perceptions of physicians' communication in the informing process

    This study examines how parents felt about the way in which physicians informed them of their child's disability. The results are generally positive but this may be due to the passage of time and/or other factors.

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