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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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  • Ensuring Excellence

    Errol Cocks explores theories around the workings of bureaucracy and service provision in the lives of people with disabilities, arguing that services cannot by themselves ensure excellence in the lives of people with disabilities. The general theme running through the five reasons given is that the approach of bureaucracy is...

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  • Does she boil eggs? Towards a feminist model of disability

    "Even if we can't lift an egg (it is assumed that) we can boil an egg". This quote is used to encapsulate the discrimination which women with disabilities experience as both people with physical and intellectual disabilities and as women.

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  • When words get in the way: has terminology gone too far?

    This is an article which discusses the negative effects of politically correct language; that it can end up obscuring a person's condition, that it can conceal the reality of disability, and most importantly it trivialises the argument that appropriate terminology is extremely important in helping to shape attitudes and promote...

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