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  • Celebrating Achievements Anything is Possible... Telling Dave's Story

    Allison and Paul Ouellette tell the story of their son who has achieved so much in the face of adversity despite his many disabilities. Through much struggle and much opposition of opinion from professionals, the Ouellette family managed to support David to live his life.

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  • In Support of Families and their children: All children belong with families and families need support to thrive

    This handout explores the concept of permanency - the need and right of all children to form nurturing relationships as members of a family. Family support services for children with disability should embrace the permanency perspective, which focuses on the development of relationships and a sense of belonging, rather than...

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  • What does an inclusive program look like?

    A question and answer fact sheet on inclusive early childhood programs demonstrating that all children will benefit from an inclusive play environment and staff will improve their ability to respond to each child's individual needs. The role of parents in building partnerships with staff is emphasised.

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  • Typical child has special needs

    A mother of a child without a disability writes about her decision to send her son to an inclusive preschool. She believes this environment helps her son develop a respect for and understanding of difference and helps to break down society's prejudice towards people with disabilities.

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  • Making friends within inclusive community recreation programs

    This article presents strategies for promoting friendships between people with and without disability as they jointly participate in inclusive community recreation programs. With recreation programs in a constant state of change, the 'zero exclusion' approach is favoured.

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  • Unspeakable conversations

    Harriet McBryde Johnson is a person with severe physical disability who works as a disability lawyer and advocate. She describes a meeting and debate with philosopher Peter Singer, which allows both parties to gain insights into each other's position. A thought provoking article written with wit and insight.

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  • What do you want to be when you grow up? The importance of life-long learning

    A mother shares insights into the importance of life-long learning for children with developmental disability. She discusses the importance of family-centered early intervention and respite services, as well as a community that encourages participation of all members.

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  • From management to partnership: the change in relationships required by parents for quality service

    This paper discusses the relationship between parents and professionals in relation to making decisions about their children. Traditionally, parents have been treated as the 'junior partner' in the relationship, being manipulated by a system that offers them false empowerment.

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  • No, we did not know beforehand

    A first-time mother shares her experience of discovering her son Bryce had Down Syndrome. Two years later, with the support of family and friends, she has learnt to look at the person, not the disability.

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  • Inclusion is not a place, it's a feeling

    A mother writes of her pride at her son Troy's graduation from a mainstream school. Troy's moving graduation speech is included. He explains that the law may demand inclusion, but it is his friends who make him a part of the community and help him overcome his disability (Downs Syndrome).

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