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  • Strategies and barriers in facilitating natural supports for employment of adults with severe disabilities

    This qualitative study addresses the role of human service providers in facilitating natural sources of employment support and describes the strategies currently in use in 33 schools and adult service agencies in Massachusetts. Individuals in the organisations were asked specific questions on strategies and barriers to facilitation of natural support resources.

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  • Community services for adults with disabilities: Policy changes in the emerging support paradigm

    The authors acknowledge that there are problems with existing program models for people with disabilities and propose they be replaced with models based on flexible, individualised support. A support model aims to support individuals in chosen community settings.

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  • Free to Choose: An Introduction to Service Brokerage

    Service brokerage grew out of parents' dissatisfaction with the traditional approaches to responding to the needs of people with disabilities and their families. It allows for funding to be allocated to the individual and to be used flexibly according to that person's needs, assisted by a broker and the individual's...

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  • Dreams turn to dust when we set up yet another 'service'

    In this article, Jim Betteridge reminds us how easy it is to keep thinking in terms of 'services' and not individual wishes - i.e. we create the project and then try to find 'clients' to place in it.

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  • Giving people choice requires more than listening

    This short article stresses that while we may assert the rights of people with disability and commit ourselves to promoting choice, participation and real relationships, we need to work harder at understanding people who do not use language as a tool of communication.

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  • Conflict resolution

    This is a summary of a Family Advocacy workshop for families led by Grace Leotta in November 1993, and to which families attending contributed. The negative features of conflict are identified and ways of minimising conflict and turning it into something positive are discussed. Keyword: Community development

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  • Supported Living: What's the Difference?

    Supported living needs to be flexible if it is to meet the needs of individuals. For most service providers, this means a change in thinking and practice. John O'Brien lists some of the experiences of a group of leaders in pioneering supported living which have challenged them to look for...

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  • Lift off

    A brief story about a mother's fight against an education bureaucracy, and her advocacy on behalf of her son, to install a lift in the school so that he could receive the education he had a right to and alongside the other children at his school.

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  • Public schools welcome students with disabilities as full members

    A very positive article written in a conversational tone, detailing the benefits of inclusion. The authors use some great quotes by parents, teachers and students, as well as stories about particular students. They also discuss how individual education plans (IEPs) can be transformed for the regular school and, in fact,...

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  • Full inclusion at Helen Hansen Elementary School*

    * Elementary = K-Yr. 5. This is a great article by a principal detailing a systemic and personal shift from a segregated primary school to an inclusive one. The principal details his fears but also his underlying belief that children with disabilities deserved an inclusive and appropriate education.

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