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  • Disability and the family: Life-style not life-sentence

    This article focuses on the belief that persons with disabilities contribute positively to their families, their communities, and society. Traditionally our society has focused on the burdens families face when one of their members has a disability - here we learn a little about the strengthening effects disability has.

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  • Values and principles behind family focused services

    This short, family-affirming paper lists the values and principles which should be behind family focused services. It supports the uniqueness of families and that they should be the ultimate decision makers with respect to themselves and their child or adult with a disability. Keyword: Professionals

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  • New directions for parents, families and professionals

    Robert Perske is an ally of people with disabilities in the U.S.A. A selection of his writings were used for a series of public meetings held by the Australian Association for the Mentally Retarded in 1983.

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  • How did I get this tough? Fighting for your child's rights

    The author of this short story is a parent who began her advocacy efforts on behalf of her son from the time he was born. The necessity of defending his needs made her more assertive and she explains how parents also need to learn when to speak up and when...

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  • Julie and me

    Christina Coombs tells the story of becoming a citizen advocate and how she and the person she advocated for built their relationship. Keyword: Advocacy

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  • And the walls come tumbling down

    Against the historical background of institutions, the author adds an interesting perspective to the debate on deinstitutionalisation. He maintains that the community needs to create networks which will share the responsibilities for inclusion rather than pouring resources into paid professional services which he believes can't deliver. Keyword: Community Development

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  • Building and mobilising informal family support network

    This article by a family support agency (STAR) in Victoria says that it is not hard to find enthusiastic people who will provide a foster home and family for a range of people with disabilities. It lists the way to go about finding such families, beginning with training staff and...

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  • Great expectations....Disability can inspire them

    This short article describes the four qualities of "Great Expectations" - vision, hope, determination and revision. It shows how these great expectations create real benefits for communities and how they cause mixed emotions for families. Keyword: Families

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  • Report on workshops: Extra costs of disability

    In 1987 the Office of Disability invited people with disabilities, their advocates and families to participate in meetings held in four Australian States in order to obtain their ideas about the range of costs issues which affect their day-to-day lives, and the best way to gain this information.

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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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