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  • 1) The importance of having friends; 2) I have learned a lot.

    In the first article, Palmer comments on what a visiting Canadian academic (Dr. Lutfiyya) has to say about friendship. Lutfiyya spoke about the need to facilitate friendships for many people who have historically been denied those connections we take for granted.

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  • "I am intelligent": The social construction of mental retardation

    The central argument of this article is that intellectual disability is not simply an objective, discoverable 'truth' that simply exists in the world. Rather, intellectual disability is a socially constructed phenomena that cannot exist outside of its particular cultural backdrop (for example, see the article regarding the way Navajo peoples...

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  • Portraits of inclusion

    This is a brief description of a program called 'On Campus' which provides eleven students with the opportunity to attend University. The article goes on to discuss the experiences of 5 of these students. Such a program is really exciting and new; inclusive education has been widely discussed (but less...

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  • Faith and determination: Inclusive education benefits everyone

    Another great story by the mother of a young girl who began attending her local school after 2 years at a special school. This is a story about the inclusion of someone who has very high support needs (Myth: inclusive education only works for children with so called 'mild' disabilities),...

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  • Family supports for children with severe disabilities and chronic illnesses in Maryland

    The author provides inspirational examples of how service provision for children who have high support needs can be provided in the family home, be adaptable to family needs and satisfy the needs of the child without being patronising, arrogant and flexible.

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  • Raise the Opportunities: A resource booklet to promote the inclusion of children with disabilities or disorders in recreational activities

    "This booklet aims to encourage people involved in social, sporting and recreational activities for school aged children to consider how people with disabilities or disorders may participate in their program. There is no one way which is the 'right' way, and this booklet provides examples about how inclusion can occur,...

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  • A Place Where All Kids Can and Will Learn

    Forest Grove School District in Oregon (USA) is one of a few entire education districts that have moved from a traditional system based upon segregated special schools and units into a system which is well on its way to including and teaching all children in regular classrooms. What is interesting...

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  • The importance of child care professionals in placement decisions for preschoolers with special needs

    This article outlines many of the factors to take into consideration when deciding what child care facility would be best for a child who has a disability. The article focuses on the integral part that child care professionals can play in this placement decision - but only in collaboration with...

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  • Bursting bubbles: Marrying general and special education reforms

    Ferguson begins this article with what she describes as 2 "small slice(s) of teaching life" which beautifully capture what Inclusion really means. On page two she analyses these two illustrations and in the process redefines inclusive education, moving from seeing it as a technical process aimed at students with disabilities,...

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  • Parent Power

    Brandon argues that although parents and families can be possible sources of oppression in the lives of their family member with a disability, he still believes that they will be the major focus for positive change in their family members' lives.

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