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  • Social Role Valorization is too conservative. No. It is too radical.

    In this article, Wolfensberger addresses criticisms from the right and left of the spectrum. He stresses that the theories of normalization and of Social Role Valorisation (SRV) capitalise upon cultural values and the need to change at least some of those values.

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  • Disabled People, Service Users, User Involvement and Representation

    While service providers' main focus on consumers is service/consumer related, consumers' interests are broader: they are concerned with rights, empowerment and appropriate support to meet people's needs. This article considers why people with disability are under-represented in the running of services and the implications of that.

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  • What makes people with developmental disabilities vulnerable?

    This article helps us understand why advocacy is - and will always be - important in the lives of people with developmental disability. While people with developmental disability share the same vulnerabilities as everyone else in our society, they have even less power to deal with them.

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  • Promoting long-term relationships between individuals with mental retardation and people in their community: an agency self-evaluation

    This article is the outcome of research into a community programme established in 1985. The programme recruits volunteers and matches them on a one-to-one basis with people with varying degrees of intellectual disability. The study involved written feedback from 25 trained volunteers who had been a companion to someone with...

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  • Self-Advocacy: Speaking for Yourself

    Two self-advocacy co-ordinators define self-advocacy and explain why it is needed. They emphasise that there is strength in joining with others. Self advocacy groups teach people skills in how to speak out. In addition, when people speak as a group they are more likely to be heard.

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  • The missing dimension of Citizen for people with disabilities

    Reading this overview of life for people with disability in Australia in the 1990's, it is clear that they are a long way from being considered as citizens. It is also clear that continuing advocacy is needed if people with disability are to have access to, and be included in,...

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  • Pride & prejudice

    Pride in identity is a crucial part of any human rights movement. Parsons asserts that the disability movement has not yet achieved 'disability pride'. He argues strongly that the disability movement needs to find a way of challenging existing social values by asserting pride not just in their own identity,...

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  • The new reproductive technologies and people with a disability

    New reproductive technologies have brought about a situation where people may be encouraged to 'pick and choose', pressured to abort, or allowed to die at birth. Rabel discusses the ramifications of this way of thinking, quoting Alison Davis as saying

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  • Equal Chances

    This Australian video shows children with cerebral palsy participating in regular school life with their peers and teachers. It discusses the causes and types of cerebral palsy and demonstrates how teachers and therapists work together to achieve positive outcomes.

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  • Has Person-Centered Planning Become the Alchemy of Developmental Disabilities? A Response to O'Brien, O'Brien, and Mount

    In this article Holburn and Vietze discuss some of the concerns raised by O'Brien, O'Brien & Mount regarding the implementation of person-centred planning, including the evaluation process. They also discuss the difficulties of an organisation remaining true to the person-centred planning process and suggest that organisational flexibility is the key...

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