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Cognitive impairment in Aboriginal people with heavy episodic patterns of alcohol use

This research determines the impact of long-term and heavy episodic alcohol use on cognitive function in Aboriginal people.

Communication outcomes of children with permanent hearing loss developing speaking and signing concurrently: a review

Children with permanent hearing loss may communicate using either signed or spoken language. This article seeks to determine the extent to which concurrent access to and use of spoken and signed language influences children's development of spoken or signed language.

Comparison of People with ABI Living in Two Accommodation Settings: Shared Supported Accommodation and Residential Aged Care

This article describes the characteristics, support needs and level of community inclusion of people with an acquired brain injury (ABI) living in shared accommodation in Victoria. Furthermore, it compares this group with a group of people with ABI under 50 years old living in residential care.

Concurrent validity of the Functional Independence Measure for Children (WeeFIM) and the Pediatric Evaluation of Disabilities Inventory in children with developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries

This study aimed at determining the concurrent validity of two measures (the Functional Independence Measure of Children and the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory) of functional performance in children with intellectual disability. The two tests measure similar constructs.

Construct validity of the Children's Hand-Skills ability Questionnaire (CHSQ) in children with disabilities: A Rasch analysis

This study further investigated the internal and external construct validity of The Children's Hand-Skill ability Questionnaire (CHSQ).

Contested Housing Landscapes? Social Inclusion, Deinstitutionalisation and Housing Policy in Australia

This paper explores the character and implications of deinstitutionalisation in Australia as a rehousing process. It is based on a recent national research project that has examined the housing futures of people with intellectual disabilities who have been, or will be, deinstitutionalised.

Coping strategies in mothers of school-aged children with intellectual disabilities

The role of the family is crucially important in providing a good education to students with special needs. However, this role is often overlooked. Parents can play a critical role in students' long-term achievement.

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.

Counselling support for people with intellectual disabilities: the use of narrative therapy

This article examined the potential of narrative therapy as a direct intervention for adults with moderate-to-severe intellectual disabilities, autism and/or severe communication limitations. The findings suggest that the therapy can be useful in assisting them.

Culturally and linguistically diverse carers in Australia: Background report

This report presents information about care provided by culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) populations in Australia. It provides a profile of the CALD carers, an overview of their services. It also focuses on resources and relevant policies.

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