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General Social Survey: Summary Results, Australia, 2014

This is a summary of findings which provides a snapshot of the data collected in the 2014 General Social Survey. The findings present how Australia has progressed on aspects of social capital such as participation, support, feelings of safety and trust.

Grandparenting a child with a disability: an emotional rollercoaster

This research shows that Australian grandparents with a grandchild with a disability pass through several stages of emotional journey. Their emotions entail anger, sadness, grief and pride.

How can clinical ethics guide the management of comorbidities in the child with Rett syndrome?

Rett syndrome is a rare disorder caused by a mutation in the MECP2 gene. Those affected generally have severe functional impairments, and medical comorbidities such as scoliosis and poor growth...

Impact of the learn to play program on play, social competence and language for children aged 5–8 years who attend a specialist school

This study examined the change in the relationship between play, language and social skills of children aged 5–8 years pre and post-participation in the ‘Learn to Play’ program. Children's participation in the programme increased their social and learning skills.

Impact of voice and communication deficits for individuals with cervical spinal cord injury living in the community

Background: Post-spinal cord injury (SCI), individuals may exhibit mild to moderate impairments in aspects of speech influenced by impaired respiratory support. However, limited research has been...

Improving Staff Capacity to Form and Facilitate Relationships for People with Severe Intellectual Disability: ‘It’s a Slow Process’

The aim of this study was to evaluate whether a 'relationships model' intervention would lead to change in the frequency of social interaction, and the nature of relationships between direct support staff and people with severe intellectual disability.

In search of a level playing field -- the constraints and benefits of sport participation for people with intellectual disability

This paper presents the results of a study seeking to examine the experiences of people with intellectual disability in a sporting context.

Inclusive and empowering discourse in an early childhood literacy classroom with Indigenous students

This paper describes a school teacher's strategies that contributed significantly to the academic development of Indigenous students. Good teacher-student relationships and inclusive approach were key to success.

Information, connection and giving back: Peer support outcomes for families following acquired brain injury in South Australia

This study aimed to identify the experiences and outcomes of participation in Families4Families Inc., a peer support network for families following acquired brain injury (ABI) in South Australia.

Issues of active ageing: Perceptions of older people with lifelong intellectual disability

The study aimed to investigate the lived experiences of older people with lifelong intellectual disability and to explore the meaning of active ageing for this group.

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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...