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  • Friendship: Do those in authority think it really matters?

    A description of a close friendship between two people who attended the same day centre. The friendship was under threat because of bureaucratic considerations and this article is written by a person who became involved in trying to safeguard the friendship.

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  • The Needs of People with Disabilities; the Needs of their Parents - are they different?

    This article draws on Erick Leipold's keynote address to Disabled Peoples International (DPI) National Assembly. Leipoldt spoke about the need for parents to allow their child with a disability to be given opportunities to grow and develop as individuals rather than be held back and over-protected.

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  • Disabling or enabling?

    The authors trace a brief history of education policy in Australia which has contributed to the present climate in which inclusion as possible. The authors go on to illustrate, however, how exclusionary practices can persist in spite of policy changes and argue that this occurs because of attitudinal reasons.

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  • Social reform through empowerment

    Dulcie McCallum, the Ombudswoman for British Colombia (Canada,) analyses two historical processes that have taken place in most Western political systems: firstly, the historical development of service and other systems by governments. The problem has been that governments did not (and do not) take everyone's interests into account when these...

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  • Thoughts on influencing governments

    Having studied the interaction of governments and advocates in Canada over the past few years, William Young writes some brief thoughts about the ways in which people have achieved change within their own communities and regions.

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  • I am because we are

    A father writes passionately of the effect that new guardianship legislation in the USA will have on his daughter and many other people with intellectual disabilities. He argues that the legislation is extremely constrictive because it so narrowly measures and defines a person's decision making ability - perpetuating the myth...

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  • Eugenics Bill - China: Eugenics is not a cure

    The first of these articles is a description of the disturbing eugenics bill submitted this year to the Chinese parliament whereby the state will use abortion and sterilisation "to avoid new births of inferior quality and heighten the standards of the whole population".

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  • Making the program work: Professional skills and family concerns. Understanding ethnic differences: Responding to the family and child with appropriate expectations

    This is a very valuable article on a subject not discussed very often - disability issues in different cultures. Hinley describes some of the cultural differences which may have important implications for professionals/workers/advocates working with families in which there is a child with a disability and attitudes towards professionals.

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  • Discrimination against women with disabilities

    Cooper, a woman with disabilities and a feminist, presents the argument that women with disabilities are not protected by either the Sex Discrimination Act or the Disability Discrimination Act. She begins by stating that certain women have always been set apart and stigmatised; once it was "lore learned women" branded...

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  • Influencing change through political action

    This article describes the work of the Canadian Association for Community Living which is a Canadian advocacy organisation. The author begins by defining one of their political strategies as political action and asserting that a thorough understanding of the dynamics of political relations is necessary for this to happen effectively.

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