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  • Synopsis of “Reply to Levitas et al"

    This article provides a critique of Wolfensberger’s assertion that prescription psychoactive drugs are health and life destroying for socially devalued people.  

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  • Reply To Levitas, McCandleless, Elenewski and Sobel

    In an article in the February 1994 issue of Mental Retardation, Wolfensberger briefly remarked on the neurotoxic, and health-and life-destroying, effects of prescription psychoactive drugs. In the October 1994 issue, Levitas et al. strongly questioned that assertion, at least as long as the drugs are not used “indiscriminately,” and questioned...

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  • Co-operative Learning in Inclusive Classrooms: Learning to Become a Community

    In inclusive schoolrooms, striking a balance between meeting the unique needs of students with disabilities and involving them in co-operative learning activities with their peers is a challenge to many teachers. This eloquent article deals with the issue of curriculum adaptation in practical, hands-on terms and cites several interesting examples.

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  • The "Butwhatabout" Kids!

    We have all heard about them - the 'yes-but' and 'whadabout' kids - who seem to challenge some teachers too much to be considered for inclusive schooling. This article states that the 'yes-but' excuse really translates to "I don't want to do it" or "I'm not willing to figure out...

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  • Securing an inclusive placement: you are not alone

    After a brief description of what inclusion means ("a child with a disability, like any other child of about the same age, attending the neighbourhood school as a full member of a regular classroom"), the authors present advice to parents seeking to get a placement at their local school.

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  • Like me

    This is a really touching, simple poem written by a child sharing her feelings about a new disabled boy at school. Initially the disabled child is seen as very different, almost alien: "...He runs in a funnyish jerkyish way, And he never comes first in a race....he's nothing at all...

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  • A Preliminary Investigation of IEP Quality and Content Associated with Placement in General Education Versus Special Education Classes

    An analysis was conducted of the quality and curriculum content of the individualised education programs (IEPs) written by 11 teachers for 22 students with severe disabilities who attended a segregated special class program (2 students per teacher).

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  • The Inclusion Revolution

    This informative newsletter is composed entirely of material relating to inclusion. From an American perspective , it defines terms like 'mainstreaming' and 'inclusion',and examines the question of whether US Federal law requires inclusion. It also comments on many commonly raised issues and questions.

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  • Citizen Advocacy for the Handicapped, Impaired and Disadvantaged: An Overview

    Wolf Wolfensberger is Director of the Training Institute for Human Service Planning, Leadership and Change Agentry at Syracuse University. He is world's foremost developer of Social Role Valorisation and is the founder of citizen advocacy. He describes the generally accepted parenting role which exercises both 'emotional' and 'instrumental' functions.

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  • Self advocates as board members: Guidelines and strategies for implementation by human service organisations

    "One of the most promising roles which people with disabilities can assume is that of a self advocate member of an agency's board of directors." This article describes the two activities which are important when people with disabilities assume board membership status - the strategies of regular board members and...

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