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  • Invisible victims: sexual assault of people with an intellectual disability

    People with intellectual disability are particularly vulnerable to sexual assault. This is mainly due to a false set of assumptions about 'intellectual disability' but also about sexuality and people with an intellectual disability. This has led to inadequate education for people about their own sexual feelings, their rights to choose...

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  • A home to call my own: individualising a community lifestyle for Eric

    This is an inspiring story of what is possible when a person with developmental disability and challenging behaviour is enabled to make choices in their life. With the assistance of Karen Berkman and a support circle, Eric moved from a restrictive institutional environment to a life in his community where...

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  • Including Children Who Challenge Us Most

    This paper is an outcome of a forum on inclusive education. After a brief introduction the bulk of the paper consists of a catalogue of the issues involved in inclusion put into alphabetical order. The paper ends with a list of recommendations which evolved during the two day forum.

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  • Finding Friends

    A short account by Patricia, the mother of Jane who has a disability, describes how she assisted her daughter with coping with a difficult period in her life. In the midst of other life changes Jane had to fit into a new neighbourhood.

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  • Living by your value base

    This brief article comprises a heart felt appeal by the author to all those working in human services to really evaluate the value base of their relationships with people using the service, as well as colleagues.

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  • Down stairs that are never your own

    A paper which discusses the concept of 'home' and its meaning in society. O'Brien shows vividly that the concept has deep emotional resonance and significance. During the course of the paper it becomes abundantly clear that residential services for people with disabilities fail dismally in fulfilling the human needs that...

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  • Race and disability: Just a double oppression?

    This paper looks at the situation of black people with disabilities (used by the author to mean all non white peoples) living in Britain. The author argues that rather than experiencing what is often referred to as a "double oppression", people with this identity respond to their experiences with an...

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  • Natural Supports: Reconceptualising Job Coach Roles

    This article describes strategies used by agency personnel to facilitate the successful settling in of people with disabilities in the workplace. The authors give four examples of people with disabilities and their different work scenarios. Sensitive and imaginative strategies are used by agency personnel to forestall problems with the people...

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  • Ethnic Minorities

    This section is a very small part of the document "The Special Needs of the Under 5s and their Families". It gives a very good example of effective cross cultural communication of two workers working with an Asian family in London in which there is a child with Down Syndrome.

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  • The Lives of Six Women

    A report of a study on six women with intellectual disabilities who moved from institutions into the community in 1985-87. The writers were involved in the process of integrating these women into the community. The bulk of the article focuses on these women's past lives before they were institutionalised.

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