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  • Challenging Integration: A Critique of Disability Policy

    This paper analyses the way in which the notions of 'integration' and 'normalisation' have been incorporated into disability policy to the potential political and economic benefit of government, and to the possible detriment of a significant number of people who have disabilities.

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  • Improving consumer participation

    AMIDA, a community based accommodation support organisation in Victoria, prepared this article as the result of its research into the effectiveness of consumer participation. In identifying the views of consumers they used methods other than written material which are a helpful guide to anyone preparing workshops for people who have disabilities.

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  • Full marks for attendants

    The article describes an attendant care scheme based on individualised consumer control and worker participation. The author, an attendant of the Disability Attendant Study Incorporated in Victoria, maintains that attendant care is the key to de-institutionalisation and gives people with disabilities greater control over their lives and time.

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  • Quality lifestyles: Finding out what people really want

    This article looks at the ineffective ways in which information has historically been collected from people with a disability and their families. Five issues raised by people with disabilities and their families in Queensland are discussed with the conclusion being that change needs to be based upon reliable information from...

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  • Issues paper on consumer focused funding approach and individual needs analysis

    ACROD NSW published this paper in 1992 to raise issues about the Consumer Focused Funding Approach (CFFA), touted as empowering individuals. ACROD states that empowerment of individuals is a principle in itself and does not necessarily equate with the CFFA. The paper stresses that CFFA is not brokerage.

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  • Service brokerage - another magic bullet

    This paper is the result of an international teleconference on Service Brokerage and the questions which arose about various issues. Brokerage is a process which sees parties either buying or selling services having been brought together through a broker.

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  • Brokerage

    These notes were taken by Wendy McGlynn, a parent who attended a seminar in 1991 on Brokerage by Michael Kendrick (Director of the Institute for leadership and Community Development, Massachusetts). They list 12 points which Kendrick cited as difficulties with the service brokerage system. Keyword: Individualisation

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  • In pursuit of the Holy Grail

    The author wrote this article in 1990 after encountering bitter debates in Canada about what constitutes real brokerage. He argues that 'pure brokerage' probably does not (and cannot) exist - pure individualised funding, no vested interests, simple elements which are probably beyond our powers.

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  • Living in the real world

    This article describes the struggle of June Maelzer, an English woman who has cerebral palsy and needs 24 hour care, to live independently with real freedom, choice and self-respect. Her first flat was the result of help from friends and a precarious support system.

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  • The dignity of risk

    Robert Perske is an ally of people with disabilities in the U.S.A. He and his wife, Martha, collaborated on two major reports to U.S. presidents; one to President Carter and one to President Nixon. In this article he writes from the basis that we overprotect people who have disabilities and...

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