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  • Community Connections: A resource guide for all people who support the full inclusion of individuals with disabilities

    This is a very practical training guide for all people who provide support to individuals with disabilities in making connections in their community. It is clearly laid out with strategies, questions and activity sheets designed to increase the user's understanding of how to go about including people with disabilities more fully.

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  • Expanding Supported Employment Opportunities for Persons with Severe Disabilities

    After over a decade of research most empirical evidence indicates that the majority of individuals with severe disabilities who need relatively permanent employment services fare better in supported employment than in sheltered work or other types of services.

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  • Fostering cultural awareness

    Robina Shah argues that the term 'culture', should not be used in isolation from race, religion and language. Professionals need to be more responsive and sensitive to the needs of people for whom culture, race, religion and language are important.

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  • Mainstream or Special School: How do we decide?

    This article looks first at the aims of education and goes on to argue that special schools cannot offer the same benefits as regular schools. It cites research studies that have demonstrated the benefits of full integration (i.e.

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  • At the Crossroads: Supported employment a Decade Later

    Supported employment in the US has clearly established itself as the most effective employment alternative for individuals with disabilities. In this paper, four major challenges in the implementation of supported employment are identified: conversion of day programs to integrated employment; increase of program capacity; expanding consumer choice and self determination...

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  • Head Out on the Highway

    This is the story of Don Cecconi and his son Neil's adventures together on their motorcycle. It's a story of how life for someone with intellectual and physical disabilities can be full and exciting: father and son have now travelled almost 37,000 miles together, offering new opportunities for experiencing life...

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  • Inside Abuse: Inside Australian Institutions

    This article, while not specifically on SRV, highlights the destructive effects of devaluation of people who are negatively perceived to be different. This has led to segregation, particularly through the establishment of institutions. Disturbing examples of abuse in institutions in NSW, Victoria and Queensland are given.The article serves as a...

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  • More on UNESCO's Salamanca Framework for Action

    This article considers statements coming out of the World Conference on Special Needs Education, Access and Quality held in Salamanca (Spain) in June 1994. These statements advocate for inclusive schooling and look at what is required for inclusion to work. Also included are key questions and answers regarding inclusive education.

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  • Dominic, are you Included?

    Sue Tuttle speaks encouragingly of her son Dom's inclusion in a regular class. Dom has significant disabilities and is medically fragile, but this has not stopped Dom from being included by his peers. Sue stresses the value of Dom participating in the classroom program, assisted by the teacher's aide and...

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  • Thoughts about Self-Advocacy

    Michael Kennedy explains the origins of the Self-Advocacy movement and stresses that Self-Advocacy is not just for those who have low support needs. He also stresses the importance of people with disabilities being given the opportunity of participating actively in decisions affecting their lives.

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