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'A captive audience': musical concerts in Queensland mental institutions c.1870-c.1930

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.

'A group of parents came together': parent advocacy groups for children with intellectual disabilities in post-World War II Australia

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....

'A really good teaching strategy': Secondary students with vision impairment voice their experiences of inclusive teacher pedagogy

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...

'Any one of us could be among that number': Comparing the Policy Narratives for Individualized Disability Funding in Australia and England

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...

'But I can do the job': Examining disability employment practice through human rights complaint cases

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...

'Disability standards for education 2005' (Cth) : sword or shield for Australian students with disability?

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...

'Do You Think I'm Stupid?': Urban Encounters between People with and without Intellectual Disability

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

'Doing the hard yards': Carer and provider focus group perspectives of accessing Aboriginal childhood disability services

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...

'Embracing everybody': Approaching the inclusive early childhood education of a child labelled with autism from a social relational understanding of disability

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...

'Everybody just freezes. Everybody is just embarrassed': felt and enacted stigma among parents of children with high functioning autism

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...

'Game, Set, Match': An exploration of congruence in Australian disability sport sponsorship

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...

'Good Enough Parenting': Parental disability and child protection

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.

'I didn't like just sittin around all day': Facilitating social and community participation among people with mental illness and high levels of psychiatric disability

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.

'I don't have time to be this busy.' Exploring the concerns of secondary school teachers towards inclusive education

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...

'I value what you have to say'. Seeking the perspective of children with a disability, not just their parents

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...

'I walk from trouble': Exploring safeguards with adults with intellectual disabilities-An Australian qualitative study

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...

'I want to be me' learning from teenagers diagnosed with autism using collaborative, participatory research

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...

'I'm not really sure but I hope it's better': Early thoughts of parents and carers in a regional trial site for the Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme

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...

'It's not what you were expecting, but it's still a beautiful journey': the experience of mothers of children with Down syndrome

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...

'It's your problem, not mine': does competence have anything to do with desire and aspiration to self-direct?

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...

'Just like you': A disability awareness programme for children that enhanced knowledge, attitudes and acceptance: Pilot study findings

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.

'Knowing me, knowing you': Disability support worker as emotional mediator?

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...

'Look Mum, No Hands!': Having Fun and Staying Safe are Not Incompatible Outcomes of Exercising Choice

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...

'My grandchild has a disability': Impact on grandparenting identity, roles and relationships

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,...

'One of the kids' : Parent perceptions of the developmental advantages arising from inclusion in mainstream early childhood education services

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...

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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...