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The practice of taking small numbers of patients, under staff escort, either to a ward or to one of the three recreation halls to form the captive audience for musical concerts performed for their benefit, in Queensland mental institutions between 1870 and 1930, is examined.

Health and wellbeing

In the late 1940s, small groups of 'interested parents' and 'concerned citizens' began to gather in community halls, hoping to assuage the 'plight' of their intellectually disabled offspring....

The inclusion of students with vision impairment (VI) into regular classes is typically made possible via a raft of technical accommodations and special educational support. This article reports...

Education

In this article we compare the introduction of individualized budget policies for people with disabilities in Australia and England. Data is drawn from semi-structured interviews undertaken in...

Economic participation

Natural data on the Australian Human Rights Commission's website outlining the complaint cases generated from Disability Discrimination Act, 1992 (DDA) were used to examine the social construction...

Economic participation

This article explains the scope and effect of the Disability Standards for Education 2005 (Cth) (the 'Standards) and considers whether they operate as a legislative sword or shield in respect of...

Education

This paper discusses patterns of interaction between people with and without intellectual disability. It is based on observations at a suburb in Melbourne.

Community and civic participation, Social relationships

Background: Despite a high prevalence of disability, Aboriginal Australians access disability services in Australia less than non-Aboriginal Australians with a disability. The needs of Aboriginal...

THIS STUDY INVESTIGATED EDUCATORS' attitudes towards the inclusion of a child labelled with autism in a mainstream early childhood education and care (ECEC) setting in Australia. The article...

Education

This paper reports the results of a study of felt and enacted stigma among a sample of parents of children with high functioning autism. The results indicate that a majority of the parents...

The effectiveness of sponsorship communications, and thereby the success of corporate sponsorship management, is considerably influenced by the multi-faceted, theoretical concept of congruence. In...

Economic participation

This paper focuses on child protection matters involving parents with a disability. It shows that parents with a disability received very little support and training needed in order to retain or regain care of their children. They were more harshly judged than parents without a disability.

Health and wellbeing, Safety and security

People with mental illness can be profoundly disabled and at risk of social exclusion. Transitional models of supported housing have limited effectiveness in improving community participation.

The trend towards inclusion in mainstream Australian schools has seen the numbers of students with disabilities educated in regular schools grow significantly. This trend has been supported by...

Education

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child acknowledges the right for children to express opinions about issues affecting them and the right to have these views heard (Davis, 1998). There has...

People living with intellectual disabilities have a right to be safe from abuse and neglect and have a right to be included in the decision-making process determining safeguards that will affect...

Education

An increasing number of children are being diagnosed with autism. While much literature exists about autism, a literature review highlighted that research about children and young people diagnosed...

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is one of the most significant initiatives in Australian social policy history. Its complexity has been compounded by a fast-paced introduction and...

Economic participation

Aim: The purpose of this study was to describe qualitatively the experience of parenting for mothers of a child with Down syndrome and to explore what if any was the role of spirituality and...

The current disability policy paradigm operating across all states in Australia is self-direction. This central movement is closely linked to preparations for a National Disability Insurance...

Economic participation

Disability awareness programmes aim to increase knowledge and acceptance of disability. This article seeks to evaluate a disability awareness programme for students aged 9–11 in Australia.

Community and civic participation

The complexities of dating are exacerbated when couples' getting together happens with the support of another person - the disability support worker. This paper explores the experience of Vic, a...

Economic participation

This study was designed to investigate the effects of giving choices on the level of enjoyment experienced by children with severe disabilities in a recreational activity, without compromising...

This research explores if and how having a grandchild with a disability influences grandparents' sense of identity and enactment of the grandparent role. Using qualitative purposive sampling,...

Social relationships

This research explored the perspectives of parents who have enrolled their child with a developmental disability in a mainstream early childhood education service. It asked questions about their...

Education
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