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Community support and participation among persons with disabilities. A study in three European countries

This article describes a European project which was aimed at improving the situation of persons with psychiatric or learning disabilities with regard to social participation and citizenship.

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.

Cost of Providing Specialist Disability Services and Communities Services in Queensland

This report focuses on service delivery and organisational expenditure data for 30 service delivery types funded by the Disability Services Queensland (DSQ) and the Department of Communities (DOC). It identified factors influencing service delivery expenditure.

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.

Deinstitutionalisation in Australia part II: Results from a long-term study

This article presents results from a long-term study. The study assessed the benefits of relocation of people with intellectual disabilities to community from mental health institutions. The results show positive outcomes for the study participants.

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 of a measure to assess youth self-reported experiences of activity settings (SEAS)

Owing to a lack of measures by which to capture participation experiences the authors developed a psychometrically sound measure of youth experiences of community/home leisure activity settings....

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.

Disability assistance animals or not? Problems in policy and practice workshop summary and scoping discussion paper

This summary and scoping discussion paper presents the findings of a workshop on the current regulatory approach to assistance animals.

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