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  • Linda's Story

    Linda's Story is an inspiring account of the life her son Jacob who is 10 years old, and how his life is so typical of many children of the same age. Jacob has severe disabilities but after a year of special school and deterioration in his behaviour, Linda decided mainstream...

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  • What is "Permanency"?

    Permanency is about family membership, and is based on the belief that all children belong with families - and that families need support to survive. This short article outlines the ideas on which permanency planning is based, as well as identifying the ways of assuring families for all children.

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  • The Salamanca Statement

    making adaptions to the curriculum

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  • Culture of Death

    Wesley J. Smith shares his findings on modern bioethics in this highly readable book after a teenage boy named Christopher was left to die after he acquired a disability in a car accident. Smith goes behind-the-scenes of the American healthcare system to show how 'the sanctity of life' is being...

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  • A Matter of Life and Death

    All people need to have some control over their own lives, to have some form of independence. Belinda, who has high support needs, wanted the chance to lead an independent life so much that she went on a hunger strike.

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  • Negotiating Supports - One Family's Experience

    People with disability want to have the same opportunities as their able-bodied peers. They do not want live with another person because of a shared label. An organisation called Homes West offered Sarah and her family the opportunity to have full control over where Sarah lived and who supported her,...

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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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