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  • We need to be more creative with our resources

    The authors of this paper both work at the Victorian Ethnic Affairs Commission and were involved in a study investigating the needs of people from non English speaking backgrounds (NESB) with intellectual disabilities in relation to services and programs. They present their finding in this paper which basically indicate that...

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  • Brokerage: Individual and family empowerment

    This paper gives a brief overview of the concept of brokerage and its possible applications. A couple of examples of situations where brokerage are described and a brief appraisal of some of the strengths and weaknesses. Keyword: Individualisation

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  • The influence of the socioeconomic characteristics of disabled people on their employment status and income

    A research article written by a white man with a disability looking at unemployment amongst people with disabilities in an effort to access whether variables such as class, race and gender have an impact on unemployment amongst this group of people.

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  • Gender patterns in friendship

    This article explores the features of friendships between women and those between men and compares them. These features are explored in the context of friendship and disability. Studies referred to have found that able bodied women are more likely to form friendships with people with disabilities because the attributes of...

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  • Remembering where our loyalties lie

    This brief article summarises where an advocate must place their loyalty and lists some people or groups who may be involved with the person they are an advocate for, but for whom they do not owe loyalty. Keyword: Advocacy

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  • What if.......? A Plea to Professionals for Consideration of the Risk-Benefit Ration of Facilitated Communication

    An article which raises some of the controversies surrounding facilitated communication (FC). These involve the potential implications of this technology for people with disabilities, their family members, workers and carers. Apart from the question of whether FC produces valid communication there are the philosophical issues of having access to such...

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  • When values come from policy instead of people's lives

    A story of how a person who had developed a strong sense of values was able to support and enhance the life of a man with very high support needs in the community. The man had moved out of an institution and service staff felt unable to provide this support.

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  • Building a community to suit your dreams

    A short article on the issue of co-housing as a way of providing some alternatives to those seeking to build "villages" for people with disabilities. The concept of co-housing includes having a range of people with maybe one or two families and people with a disability. Keyword: Accommodation

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  • Clinical assessment of psychiatric symptoms in mentally retarded individuals

    This is a medical model psychology article which very clearly and humanely points out major areas of neglect in mental health care for people with intellectual disability. Keyword: Health

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  • Community workshops challenge traditional approaches

    This article describes workshops for professionals, advocates (self and otherwise) and family members held across the Canadian province of British Colombia who were dedicated to the vision of extending "ordinary considerations" for people with disabilities in the community (if the goal is to lead ordinary lives).

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