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  • Statement on therapy with children

    This is a really great short article on the ways that workers (and therapists in particular) can work with parents and within their own service agencies to facilitate the inclusion of children with disabilities in the ordinary life of the community. Keyword: Professionals

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  • The Disability Blanket

    This article is an insider's view about what happens to people when services and the professionals who work in them come to dominate people's lives. For example he writes, "..under the disability blanket everything you do must be part of a 'program' rather than just living your life." For Michael...

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  • Citizenship and culture: the role of disabled people in Navajo society

    The authors completed a study of thirty four Navajo extended families, with a member with a disability. The disabilities diagnosed were all severe. Their findings indicated a very different perception of disability to a western one. Most importantly perhaps, the manifestation of a disability (e.g.

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  • A sense of belonging: Integration in recreation and leisure-time activities

    The major barriers to participation of people in community activities is not funding, but attitudinal barriers. These barriers mean that funding becomes a problem because people are not prepared to think creatively and flexibly. Within an inclusive system that values such creativity and flexibility, people's roles become different, but in...

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  • Contradictions in caring

    The author presents a fairly academic article which explores the situation of women with learning difficulties in the seemingly contradictory roles of both dependent and carer. Walmsley, however, argues convincingly that these two roles are not contradictory but rather the two roles should be seen as being on a continuum.

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  • Choices are nice but not easy

    This paper is the product of the Advancing Choice Project which has been looking into the way people with severe disabilities make choices. The paper is aimed at care givers and support workers with the object of increasing their awareness as to how they can facilitate improved decision making for...

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  • Beyond the fringe

    The author places disability in an Aboriginal context. An understanding of the special situation of being Aboriginal have to be acknowledged before looking at disability. These issues are the fight for survival, coping with personal trauma in oneself and one's family, poverty and having a poor standard of living and...

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  • Difference and defiance

    This editorial to a New Internationalist special on disability gives a brief introduction to the issue of disability cross culturally. The author cites a positive example of inclusive schooling in Zanzibar and quotes a teacher who makes the simple but profound statement, "They make the children ask themselves 'Why are...

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  • The struggle for citizenship

    Barton argues that people with disabilities are being denied their human rights and the rights of citizenship. This is an outcome of their being denied a voice except on particular issues which affect them. Barton maintains that disability is a political and social category and like other minorities its members...

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  • The eye of the beholder

    The author begins by describing the lives of two boys with disabilities in India, one from a poor family with a negative experience of his disability and one from a rich family with a positive one.

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