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  • Family-Centered Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs

    Recognising that the family is the constant in a child's life, this book identifies and explains 8 key elements of family-centred care for children with disabilities, particularly where they have health care needs. It also identifies what is needed to make effective family-centred care a reality.

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  • Under What Circumstances Might Small Agencies Last?

    In this article, Ross Womersley suggests some important factors as to why small agencies are likely to last, despite pressures such as the tendering process. Womersley draws attention to the typical drawbacks of larger organisations. He argues that while being small does not automatically protect an organisation from becoming highly...

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  • The conflict of interest issue, in the context of independent advocacy

    This article draws together writings and teachings of Wolf Wolfensberger around the issue of conflict of interest in the context of independent advocacy. [Dr Wolfensberger founded Citizen Advocacy, leading to one of the quotations referring to 'proteges' (a protege is a person with intellectual disability who has been matched with...

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  • Employee: a potent role

    In this short article, Tara Woollett offers some helpful principles for facilitating the development of workplace relationships that are likely to support the valued role of being an employee. The article illustrates the difference between mere physical presence in a job and inclusion: inclusion embraces valued social participation.

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  • Inclusive Education: A Personal Journey

    In this frank and informative article, Sandra Seymour speaks about what led her to a total commitment to inclusive education, not just for her son but for all children. She warns that proposed legislation places inclusive education at risk and that parents need to be aware of the hurdles facing...

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  • Examples of Some Successful Strategies in Empowering Those Who Utilize Services

    "We live in an era when the lives of countless persons are shaped by bureaucratic, professionalised human services. The characteristics of these modern service organisations can often have the effect of disempowering those who rely on 'services' for assistance." In this article, Kendrick offers some of the factors that contribute...

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  • Death of the Disability Services Act

    In this forceful article, Jim McMenamin laments the lack of continuing commitment on the part of government to the Disability Services Act and Commonwealth/State Disability Agreement. He draws attention to the fact that people with disability are still oppressed and voices the belief that, if change is to be effected,...

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  • Advocacy and the Challenging of Authority

    Kendrick addresses the fact that the role of advocate comes more naturally to some than others, particularly given that our attitudes towards authority are inevitably shaped by our family and culture. He stresses that if advocacy is to take place, there needs to be a willingness to challenge authority if...

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  • Reducing the Fears and Inhibitions concerning Personal Advocacy

    In this informative article, Kendrick stresses that the decision as to how to undertake advocacy cannot just revolve around assessing the risk and gains to be made but must take into account who we are as people and the feelings (eg. fear, passion, outrage) that are likely to influence us.

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  • Inclusion & Universal Cooperation

    Speaking as a person with disability, Berman Bieler warns that constant vigil is required in order to achieve an inclusive society. This future requires the growth of human and personal development, tolerance, acceptance, solidarity and co-operation. She says

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