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  • Finding a home for Fred

    This is a story of what advocacy is really about; it is a story about new ways of 'thinking' and 'doing'. Fred's advocate and others who knew him wanted truly to build a new life for him in his move from an institution where he had been living for 30 years.

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  • Every mother has dreams for her children

    This mother talks about what often happens when a child is born with a disability; "dreams collapse in an abyss of the unknown and...sink beneath a list of limitations and negative statements about the child's potential".

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  • Friendships and Community Connections between People with and without Developmental Disabilities

    True community inclusion is much more than placing an individual with a disability in a community setting, it also means belonging and being in close friendships with other community members without disabilities. This book gleans principles from successful experiences to help others build relationships of their own through natural social...

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  • Violence and Abuse in the Lives of People with Disabilities

    Each year hundreds of thousands of individuals with disabilities become victims of neglect, sexual abuse, and physical violence. Abuse is undeniably one of the gravest social issues. Why is the abuse of individuals with disabilities so prevalent, and how can it be prevented? This extraordinary, passionate and urgent reference addresses...

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  • Disability is not Measles; New Research Paradigms in Disability

    What does most research in the field of disability look like? It looks a great deal like the research into measles. The goal is prevention. Cures are sought. However, disability is not a medical condition that needs to be eliminated from the population.

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  • Learning from wider advocacy initiatives

    This is a report by a parent on three talks given at the Access '93 Inclusion in Life conference. Representatives from Community Aid Abroad, the Australian Conservation Foundation and a former Senator all gave their own perspectives on the process of lobbying and how to make it effective.

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  • Parents Perspective

    This mother writes passionately of her son's attendance at his local pre-school and how she wants this to be possible for all children (in this sense, inclusion is not just about 'disability', but about 'diversity'). She writes about what she wants; "I want him to learn to function in the...

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  • The importance of values in the study of culturally diverse families

    An interesting resource which focuses on beliefs and values, and the effects these have on families who come from a different cultural background. Generally this article blows the myth that all research can be and is done within an objective, valueless framework. Specifically, the article is divided into three 'discussions'.

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  • Family Diversity: Current approaches to understanding family diversity

    This article is actually an overview of a special issue of Family Relations (see File No. 10562) but it also provides a number of important aspects about family diversity that are important for researchers and professionals dealing with families.

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  • Young adults and friendship

    An excellent article which looks at the results of a study of 'friendship' among 138, 23 year olds which reveals the dynamics and intricacies (as much as is possible) of friendships that develop naturally. Knowledge about different elements of 'ordinary lives' can assist in helping people with disability to lead...

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