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  • Family Governed Flexible Family Support: The Massachusetts Small Project Example

    Considerable interest exists in the strategy of supporting grass roots family governed family support projects that has occurred within the state of Massachusetts. This strategy was developed extensively during the 1990s and continues in the present.

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  • The Role Of Personal Integrity In Upholding "Right Relationship" In Organisations

    Choosing the right pathway begins with the recognition that there needs to be a fundamentally respectful and ethical relationship between services and the people they assist, i.e. "right relationship". Secondly, it requires that such individuals recognise that they can personally embody right relationship ethics in how they relate to people,...

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  • Some Broad Strategies to Shield People from Invasive Bureaucracy

    Recognising that services themselves struggle with Technocratic Managerialism, Michael Kendrick offers some broad strategies to organisations and workers who can become effective buffers against impersonal bureaucratic processes that intrude into the lives of the people they support.,,The strategies presented here are not intended to be a detailed plan for tackling...

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  • "When People Matter More Than Systems"

    We are at a point in our history where there is considerable interest in whether it is possible to do a better job of responding to people as individuals. This paper explores what this might mean based on the experience of people and systems that have been successful in doing so.

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  • Some Initial Thoughts On Establishing "Right Relationship" Between Staff, Professionals, Service Organisations and the People They Assist

    Perhaps the most common complaint one hears from the experiences of people who find they must rely on formal human services is that they do not feel particularly well treated. Sometimes this takes the form of decidedly overt and obnoxious conduct on the part of someone, but more often it...

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  • Surviving the transition to high school

    This article provides tips on how to help your kid have a successful transition to high school. Samantha Hornery gives some ideas for your child to become more organised, how to design a good study area, or how to prepare for the first day.

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  • The Art of Asking

    In this article, Ric Thompson explains why, when it comes to asking members of the community to stand alongside and with individuals with a disability and their families we enter a period of silence and apprehension.

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  • You Know She's Going To College

    This short article describes a real situation of a parent confronting a high school meeting in which they recommend the "functional skills classroom" for her daughter, a student with disability who has been fully included from pre-school.

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  • My Life Beyond The Walls

    Tom Ferguson, who has a disability, lived in institutions until his adulthood. In his article "My life beyond the walls" he describes how life in institutions was for him and how his life completely changed when he moved into his own unit.

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  • Promoting Friendship through Best Buddies: A National Survey of College Program Participants

    A survey conducted in the United States reveals how the Best Buddies College Program -designed to enhance the lives of college students with intellectual disability- proved to be a success. The vast majority of participants reported enjoying their experience and engaging in friendship activities that were mutually beneficial to those...

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