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  • Relationship counselling for people with an intellectual disability

    This is an easy to read short article of benefit to any friend, relative, advocate or caregiver of a person with a disability. Using a relationship the author had with another woman, she illustrates a model which defines 4 levels of intervention for handling sexual and relationship issues and problems....

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  • The making of a dad

    This article maps two journeys of a father and son: a bush walk and the story of what a father has learned from his son with Down Syndrome. Both journeys feed into and represent one another. What is interesting about the article is the issues it raises about parental roles.

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  • The desire for inclusion in Wichita, Kansas

    This is an article which discusses the philosophy and emerging practices of inclusive education, and then how these have come to fruition in the school district of Wichita (USA). The author makes a number of really great points.

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  • 1) The importance of having friends; 2) I have learned a lot.

    In the first article, Palmer comments on what a visiting Canadian academic (Dr. Lutfiyya) has to say about friendship. Lutfiyya spoke about the need to facilitate friendships for many people who have historically been denied those connections we take for granted.

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  • "I am intelligent": The social construction of mental retardation

    The central argument of this article is that intellectual disability is not simply an objective, discoverable 'truth' that simply exists in the world. Rather, intellectual disability is a socially constructed phenomena that cannot exist outside of its particular cultural backdrop (for example, see the article regarding the way Navajo peoples...

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  • Portraits of inclusion

    This is a brief description of a program called 'On Campus' which provides eleven students with the opportunity to attend University. The article goes on to discuss the experiences of 5 of these students. Such a program is really exciting and new; inclusive education has been widely discussed (but less...

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  • Faith and determination: Inclusive education benefits everyone

    Another great story by the mother of a young girl who began attending her local school after 2 years at a special school. This is a story about the inclusion of someone who has very high support needs (Myth: inclusive education only works for children with so called 'mild' disabilities),...

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  • Family supports for children with severe disabilities and chronic illnesses in Maryland

    The author provides inspirational examples of how service provision for children who have high support needs can be provided in the family home, be adaptable to family needs and satisfy the needs of the child without being patronising, arrogant and flexible.

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  • Raise the Opportunities: A resource booklet to promote the inclusion of children with disabilities or disorders in recreational activities

    "This booklet aims to encourage people involved in social, sporting and recreational activities for school aged children to consider how people with disabilities or disorders may participate in their program. There is no one way which is the 'right' way, and this booklet provides examples about how inclusion can occur,...

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  • A Place Where All Kids Can and Will Learn

    Forest Grove School District in Oregon (USA) is one of a few entire education districts that have moved from a traditional system based upon segregated special schools and units into a system which is well on its way to including and teaching all children in regular classrooms. What is interesting...

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