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Evaluation of the Sector and Workforce Development

This report is an evaluation of an action research pilot project that intended to determine what is required to support the disability services sector and its workforce in WA to promote the use of Positive Behaviour Support.


This article seeks to determine whether disability workers have the theoretical knowledge to manage challenging behaviour and to investigate the relationship between organisation factors,

exposure to challenging behaviour, and poor psychological well‐being.

Giving the vulnerable a voice in the criminal justice system: The use of intermediaries with individuals with intellectual disability

People with intellectual disability (ID) are significantly over-represented at all levels of the criminal justice system. Disability in intellectual or adaptive functioning can disadvantage their...

Hearing loss and communication disability within the criminal justice system

This report offers an audiological assessment of people with hearing loss in the context of the criminal justice system in Northern Territory, Australia. Moreover, it provides recommendations for the development of appropriate model of service delivery for prisoners with hearing loss.

How to hear me - A resource kit for counsellors and other professionals working with people with intellectual disabilities

This book and accompanying DVD are designed to help build the capacity of mainstream counselling professionals to work with people with intellectual disability in their day-today practice.

I want to live my life : understanding the perspectives of people living in supported accommodation

Community based supported accommodation for people with disabilities has been associated with increases in adaptive behaviour, social participation, quality of life and choice. However, research...

Intellectual disability in the New South Wales inmate population

This paper discusses the implications of a study which used the Hayes Ability Screening Index. to identify inmates at risk for intellectual disability in New South Wales.

Issues in the definition and implementation of 'best practice' for staff delivery of interventions for challenging behaviour

This paper reviews current research on "best practice" for intervention for challenging behaviour in persons with intellectual disability and acquired brain injury and establish the service conditions associated with its effective implementation.

Joint attention, language, social relating, and stereotypical behaviours in children with autistic disorder

This study aimed to investigate the relationships between abilities to initiate and respond to joint attention and symptoms of autism that have, and have not, been theoretically linked to joint attention.

Keeping Children with a Disability Safely in their Families

This article explores which support programme(s) for children with a disability and their families positively influenced outcomes for the child and family, and if significant positive change did occur, which programme elements, strategies and/or techniques contributed to positive client outcomes.

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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...