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  • Patterns and episodes of positive valuation

    In this article, Wolf Wolfensberger (Director of the Training Institute at Syracuse University, one of the world's foremost developers of Social Role Valorisation and is the founder of citizen advocacy) notes that in contemporary society many non disabled people see those who do have disabilities in a negative light but...

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  • Submission by Queensland Parents of People with a Disability Inc. on Educational Provision for Students with Disabilities

    This paper is a copy of a submission detailing the beliefs of the organisation and the changes it wants in policies, practices and schools. Keywords: Education, Inclusion, School Age

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  • Knowing about knowing: Margin notes on disability research

    This is an excellent article for professionals involved in research around issues that affect the lives of people with disabilities. It is an article that plainly presents what research should be about - that is, it is an article concerned with ethical professional practice.

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  • "You will only learn what you already know": Proceedings, Literacy and Inclusion Conference

    This booklet contains two keynote speeches by John McKnight and Judith Snow. The last 'chapter' is a summary of McKnight's speech. McKnight gives a broad overview of the differences between, and definitions of, 'communities' and 'service systems'. Snow illustrates these differences perfectly through her own personal story.

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  • "Marion" case - Family Law Court decision on sterilisation

    This group of papers includes letters, press releases and newspaper items pertaining to the 1990 "Marion" case in which the Family Law Court of NSW allowed the involuntary sterilisation of a teenage girl, and 2 years later its decision that only the authorisation of the Family Court can make such...

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  • Integrated employment

    These notes were taken by Wendy McGlynn, a parent who attended a seminar by Bruce Uditsky (an educator who has worked extensively with families, individuals with disabilities and organisations). Uditsky argues that enclaves and mobile work crews are merely extensions of sheltered workshops and he provides a definition of integrated...

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  • Community Integration in Vermont

    This booklet describes the development of a model for providing excellent educational practices for all learners with severe disabilities within their own local schools. The Centre for Developmental Disabilities at the University of Vermont played a significant role in the development of this model and explains the challenges involved in...

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  • Families and empowerment: a new dynamic in deinstitutionalisation

    This paper describes the experiences of Canadian families who were provoked into action with the closure of the institution their son or daughter had been living in. For many families, this was the beginning of a process of empowerment after years of resigning themselves to the knowledge they were unable...

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  • Preschool for the handicapped child

    While this article is more than 10 years old, it is a highly informative paper for parents because it lists some of the issues to be aware of and questions to ask when considering pre-school enrolment for children who have a disability.

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  • The ideal human service for a societally devalued group

    Wolfensberger (the Director of the Training Institute for Human Service Planning, Leadership and Change Agentry at Syracuse University, the developer of Social Role Valorisation and the founder of citizen advocacy) writes this scathing attack on community attitudes and barriers towards people who have intellectual disabilities, to raise questions about why...

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