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  • Washington DC: A model city for accessibility

    Barrie describes the most "wheelchair - friendly city" in the US - from buildings to public transport. The author was, however, a tourist and does not pass comment on how accessible to city is for those who are permanent residents (and as such would use more than tourist attractions).

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  • A look at barrier-free design

    The authors give an excellent definition of barrier-free design, arguing that essentially it is a way of thinking and then acting in accordance. It is an approach to design which recognises that a range of people make up society and so it strives to make the built environment usable by...

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  • The writing is on the wall: Understanding and addressing social policy reform in Nova Scotia

    This Canadian parent gives a clear definition of the term 'public policy' and argues that because it affects all aspects of families' daily lives, families must therefore link together and form supportive networks in their advocacy efforts to influence and change public policy.

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  • How to write a successful news release

    Six seconds....this is how long (on average) a news release has to succeed when it arrives on the editor's desk. With this knowledge, the author provides some handy hints on how to use this six seconds to your advantage. Keyword: Community development. Searchword: Advocacy

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  • There is no such thing as special education - only education

    This article adds weight to the argument that parents could gain a lot by opening stating that their desire for and work towards inclusion education was part of a much broader scheme of educational reform. It is a clearly written and easily understood article that discusses general problems in the...

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  • Working together, sharing and helping each other: Co-operative learning in a first grade class that includes students with disabilities

    This booklet would be an excellent resource for teachers wanting to learn more about co-operative learning and then implement it in their classroom. It explains the 5 basic elements involved in one model of co-operative learning and then gives extensive examples of actual lesson plans to illustrate these basic elements.

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  • Promises to keep: Participatory research and the meaning of adulthood for persons with disabilities

    This is a short talk given at the 1994 TASH Conference concerning a research project about the meaning of adulthood for persons with significant disabilities. What is unique about this project is that it involves individuals with disabilities as co-researchers at all phases of the project.

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  • Dreams and visions

    This is a great short piece on the importance of having dreams and visions of what could be, should be, and can be in the lives of a family member with a disability. While having a vision for the future is not an answer to all, it is an important...

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  • Parent groups: healthy and strong or going, going, gone?

    The importance of this article lies in its information for already existing parent groups and the questions that are most often raised about the group's effectiveness and work - for example "Why has the group's emphasis changed?", "Why does all the work fall to a few people?".

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  • A Parent's Guide to Integrated Education

    "There are suggestions and information in this guide that will be useful to parents who are working towards full integration (inclusion) for their son or daughter....(it ) can help parents at various stages in their efforts to create and encourage integrated education for their son or daughter.

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