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  • Mum or supermum?

    Deborah Fullwood, parent and former occupational therapist, discusses the difficulties of being a family with a disabled child in a society that values health, wholeness and "normality". She presents her views on behalf on many health care receivers and looks at the stresses families are subjected to apart from the...

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  • Towards dignity and self determination

    Brian Salisbury was previously a broker with the Community Living Society in Vancouver, British Colombia. He describes service brokerage as the individual's need for a technical extension to develop a vision of a dignified and self determining life in the community.

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  • Evaluating support: An ongoing review

    Describes the work of Focus, an organisation in Canberra which supports about one hundred people with intellectual disabilities in their housing and other needs. The aim is to facilitate their involvement in the community. The organisation has been examining itself critically as a result of a visit from Michael Kendrick...

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  • After school what next?

    This article describes the Post School Options Program for school leavers who have disabilities, initiated in Australia in 1990. The program is designed to assist young school leavers access appropriate employment and community services of their choice.

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  • Do we really want parents to be less protective?

    Written by a professional to other professionals from a professional's point of view, this is nevertheless a very illuminating article in that it deals with a common attitude that professionals have towards parents of children with disabilities.

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  • The legal trends - implications for menstruation/fertility management for young women who have an intellectual disability

    Discusses some recent court decisions concerning applications for hysterectomies to be carried out on young women with intellectual disabilities. Usually the application is made by the parents but the article is not concerned with the ethics of this.

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  • Demystifying conflict of interest - a guide for service providers

    Begins by giving some examples of situations where members of staff who work with people with disabilities can easily compromise their work role by introducing their private lives into situations with residents/clients. The article describes why this is an unsatisfactory way to go about things and gives a list of...

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  • A road to economic independence

    These are two article on self directed employment. The first describes real situations where people with disabilities are taking control of their own employment situation. Examples are described in both economically developed and developing countries. The second article presents the result of a study looking at self directed employment.

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  • The MDA Labor Day telethon

    A collection of articles which criticise an annual telethon held by the Muscular Dystrophy Association and relates the experiences of several critics of the MDA who have been discredited and silenced. Also gives a very articulate critique of the telethon mentality and presents the argument that this strategy serves to...

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  • US experiments arise moral and legal spectre of Nazi death camps

    An article which describes some of the 800 experiments which were carried out on ordinary citizens in America thirty years ago. The journalist compares the experiment with those that were carried out by the Nazis. Investigations have indicated that the experiments were carried out in a highly unethical manner and...

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