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  • Dreaming the Dream. Inclusion: an issue of social justice

    This booklet uses simple language to describe the process of systemic advocacy and community empowerment. Inclusion is viewed as a realizable dream, as communities bond through shared goals. Cartoon illustrations make the booklet accessible to all reading abilities.

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  • When Kids Belong: Spporting Children with Complex Medical Needs - At Home and in the Community

    This Report discusses the 'health planning' needs of families where children have complex medical needs. The social and policy trends that affect children with complex medical needs and their families are examined. These trends include shifting definitions of disability and philosophies of care.,,The Report discusses specific health planning issues and...

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  • Social Role Valorization and, or Versus, "Empowerment"

    This philosophical article comments on the differences between the ideologies of empowerment and Social Role Valorization (SRV). In contrast to empowerment, SRV is not prescriptive, instead, offering a plan of action for what one would do if they wanted the devalued to occupy socially valued roles.

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  • Discerning Actual Levels of Substantive Empowerment

    This short article distinguishes between various levels of empowerment, which depends on the amount of substantive decisions a person makes about their service. The level of empowerment ranges from no substantive input, to consultation, to decisive input on all key decisions.

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  • An "If This, Then That" Formulation of Decisions related to Social Role Valorization As a Better Way of Interpreting It to People

    This article presents the main ideas of Social Role Valorization (SRV) as a series of propositions with consequences (e.g. if one wants to avoid devalued people being seen and treated as menaces, then one must avoid attaching menacing imagery to them or congregating them in a frightening way).

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  • There's small choice in rotten apples

    This Report, commissioned by the advocacy group Queensland Parents for People with a Disability (QPPD), examines the issue of educational choice for parents of children with disability. Through surveys and focus groups, parents were asked about their aims for their child's schooling, constraints which had been placed on their choice...

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  • Transition to Adulthood for Students with Severe Intellectual Disabilties: Shifting Toward Person-Family Interdependent Planning

    This article discusses the most appropriate way to foster self-determination for young adults with intellectual disability during the stressful period of transition between high school and adulthood. It is suggested that in this life period, the individual and the family are interdependent, and services should respond to this reality by...

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  • Supporting Friendships: One Parent's Reflections

    A mother of a child with Autism, shares the moving story of the friendships formed through his participation on the Science Olympics team. She offers practical tips for developing friendships, including that they should be based on common interests, be initiated by the person with disability rather than an intermediary,...

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  • Lessons Learned About Promoting Friendships

    This article discusses methods to facilitate real friendships between people with and without disability, with emphasis on school-aged students. It is suggested that the focus should be shifted from 'activities' to 'relationships', while being aware that building friendship takes time and effort.

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  • The Tie That Binds

    Aishling writes about her unique friendship with Sue, a 25 year-old woman with autism. Their friendship formed in a high school English class and has been life-long, with Aishling playing the role of support worker and friend.

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