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  • Families and Disability: Occasional Papers Series No. 10

    This paper is valuable in gaining an understanding of issues in the lives of families worldwide where there is a member with a disability, although the authors stress that every family is unique. The paper includes a section on disability and discrimination, citing additional factors which lead to discrimination (such...

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  • Ready Willing and Able

    This article was written for parents who are seeking an inclusive education for their child. The author stresses the importance of families choosing the school carefully, developing good communication with school staff and preparing their child for school.

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  • Staffing a Changing World,

    Jenny Gupta's experiences have shown that for care management to be effective, it relies on people who share a values base, and combine imagination, tenacity, realism and financial acumen.In this article Jenny Gupta uses the experience of three people with disabilities to show how assessment and care management can work...

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  • Ways to decrease multicultural communication barriers in Family Support Context

    This short article, which consists of extracts from an article "From self to other: communication across cultures", sets out in point form practical suggestions for decreasing language barriers and for avoiding stereotyping when working with families from different cultures and communities. It also suggests alternative ways that families can be supported.

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  • Just some of What Advocates have done during 1995/6 for people with disabilities in Ryde/Hunters Hill

    This is a one-page overview of the wide range of support to individuals with intellectual disability given by citizen advocates in the Ryde-Hunters Hill region of Sydney in 1995/6. Keyword: Advocacy

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  • If they could see him now ...

    A mother tells of her son Mark's move from sheltered employment to employment in an independent supported job in one of Sydney's prestigious hotels. She contrasts the changes it has meant for Mark, including improved self esteem and language, more comfortable and friendly work environment and real wage.

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  • The Natural Authority of Families

    Michael Kendrick briefly describes some of the strengths that give authority to families when they are acting in the interests of their family member. Kendrick recognises that where families are confident that their views should be taken into consideration, they are in a better position to become more effective advocates...

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  • Supportive, Repressive or Just Plain Irrelevant? Urban design and housing debates and intellectual disability

    John Byrne is Director of Special Projects in the Qld Dept of Housing, Local Government and Planning. He is also the parent of a son who has intellectual disability. This paper challenges us to look carefully at urban design and its impact on the lives of individuals, particularly those with disabilities.

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  • Gino, his parents and his grandparents

    Gino is four years old and has physical disabilities. This article describes how an extended family has come together, driven by cultural values, to participate in Gino's care and develoment. This has seen Gino's mother work full time to support the family financially, while Gino's father Franco (who has the...

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  • A Plea to Government Funders: A story of hope and expectations

    A parent describes her 24 yr old daughter, who enjoys a full and varied life despite significant disabilities. The parent also talks of the concerns which led to her daughter's move away from a day service to individualised support.

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