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Complex Support Needs Planning Guides

The UNSW Intellectual Disability Behaviour Support Program's two planning guides have been developed with and for people with cognitive impairment and complex support needs to assist them to engage in making plans.

Conceptual framework for policy and research development with indigenous people with disabilities

No explicitly Indigenous1 conceptual framework to advance research and policy development to assist Indigenous people with disabilities exists. This paper proposes a conceptual framework that...

Continuity or change? Disability policy and the Rudd government

This paper critically reviewed the Rudd Government's disability policy. It identified shifts in the policy and considered whether the policy promoted inclusion of people with disabilities.

Controversial practices in the education of students with high support needs

This paper focuses on controversial practices in schools by teachers. Teachers lacked access to research-based evidence and relied on informal and personal sources of information.

Debates about dedifferentiation: twenty-first century thinking about people with intellectual disabilities as distinct members of the disability group

This article reviews research evidence concerning the advantages and disadvantages of "dedifferentiated" policy and service systems for people with intellectual disabilities, the bulk of which addresses education and health service systems.

Descriptions of community by people with spinal cord injuries: concepts to inform community integration and community rehabilitation

In light of the limited research regarding community integration after spinal cord injury, this study investigated how a large number of adults with spinal cord injury described their local communities.

Development for All 2015-2020: Strategy for strengthening disability-inclusive development in Australia’s aid program

Disability-inclusive development is a priority for Australia’s international engagement. This strategy responds to the agenda set out in DFAT’s development policy, and aims to promote improved quality of life of people with disabilities in developing coun

Development of the Assistance to Participate Scale (APS) for children's play and leisure activities

This paper describes the development and psychometric evaluation of the Assistance to Participate Scale (APS). The APS measures the assistance that a school-aged child with a disability requires to participate in play and leisure activities from the primary carer's perspective.

Disability and mammography screening: intangible barriers to participation

This study sought to investigate intangible or non-physical barriers to participation of women with disability in mammography screening.

Disability and Social Security: Compatible or Not?

This article demonstrates the policy rift between the ‘equality’ and the ‘special needs’ goals as a result of the conceptual tensions between the principles of normalisation and equal treatment, and provision of social security in ways which recognise the specific needs of people with a disability.

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Research to Action Guides

  • A Guide for disability practitioners, schools, employers and young people looking to make the transition from school to employment in Australia....
  • The Culturally Proficient Service Delivery Research to Action Guide has been developed to assist in the provision of accessible, appropriate and effective disab...