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  • Independence and group home living: Is there such a thing?

    Written by a former resident of a group home, the author describes how he managed to get out and live in a flat with one other person (although he does make the point that although he gets on well with his flatmate he was never really given a choice about...

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  • An interview with Linda Till

    Linda Till, the mother of Becky a young woman with disabilities, describes her experiences of advocating on Becky's behalf, firstly to get her out of the nursing home in which she resided and secondly to get her included in the local school.

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  • The Aboriginal community - fostering links with the community welfare sector

    A really powerful article concerning Aboriginal people and the mainstream community welfare system. The author argues that the recent Native Title decisions should extend far beyond the issue of land to a recognition of other indigenous rights, such as the right to have a different system of child and family welfare.

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  • In your entourage

    The most important point that this article makes is how understanding of 'advocacy' has changed in the last two decades or so. Richler uses the work of the Canadian Association for Community Living to illustrate this.

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  • Queensland employment service: a good act to follow

    Employment training initiatives devised by the Queensland Spastic Welfare League get high praise from the federal government and this author for their leading edge work in placing people with disabilities in real jobs. Keyword: Employment

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  • New Resource: Taking Action on Education – All students learning together

    New Resource: Taking Action on Education – All students learning together

    Family Advocacy strongly believes in the importance of an inclusive education for children with disability preparing them on the pathway for an inclusive life. For families pursuing inclusion at school this booklet Taking Action on Education – All students learning together, aims to assist families in a practical way with their advocacy...

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  • Brendan's story

    Another story by a parent about the decision that their son would "live his life to the full" starting with his education at both pre and school age levels. The parent talks about the way that many professionals see only deficiency rather than ability, and says that parents must not...

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  • The road less travelled....in search of positive inclusion of children in local, home schools

    Darrell Wills presents some interesting thoughts about the possible detriments of using legal strategies to include children in their local schools. His central argument is that while legislation is important for safeguarding a whole number of things, inclusion cannot be forced through legislation if teachers, principals and other professionals are...

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  • Sexual abuse and intellectual disability: Creating a context for change

    In an extremely forthright article, Horsley asks the rhetorical questions "How has violence remained so acceptable and so entrenched in the lives of most disabled people?" and "Why has the legal system and government services continued to fail people with disabilities?".

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  • If only I'd known

    This is an excellent story by an older parent. She talks about what she and her partner went through 20 or more years ago when they first discovered their child had a disability. It was quite different to what happens now.

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