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Inclusion of People with Disabilities

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In this short video, produced by ACT Alliance, explains why the inclusion of people with disabilities is good for everyone.

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NICAN Postcard

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The NICAN Postcard identifies different characteristics experienced by people who are not members of a community and characteristics that arise from community participation through leisure. Its a simple resource that shows the benefits of being part of a community through a leisure activity and what people might experience if they are not active members.

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National Standards for Disability Services

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The National Standards for Disability Services (National Standards) will  help to promote and drive a nationally consistent approach to improving the quality of services. They focus on rights and outcomes for people with disability.

This is the Easy Read version of the resource.

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A Way with Words

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Language plays a critical role in shaping and reflecting our thoughts, beliefs and feelings. It should come as no surprise, then, that the way in which we refer to people affects the way they are seen by others and, indeed, the way in which they feel about themselves. Used over and over again, a convenient phrase is no longer an attempt to describe a person — it becomes a definition.

This resource was developed by the Department of Communities to equip and assist people with the use of acceptable terminologies.

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See Beyond the Disability – Queensland

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The aim of this publication is to promote better understanding and awareness of disability in the community, rather than to provide a definitive guide to disability in Queensland.

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How to Approach or Get Involved in a Community Group or Club

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This resource will give you practical tools to approach and be a part of groups and clubs within your community.

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Inclusion: What is it and How to be Inclusive

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Inclusion is a human right. Inclusive and welcoming communities value the role that people of all abilities play and offer everyone the opportunity to actively participate. This resource is designed to help community groups and clubs work towards being more inclusive.

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How Do I Find Recreation Activities in my Community?

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This resource will give you practical tips on where you can find activities within your community for you to get involved in.

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Questions to Ask Service Providers

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At Australian Inclusion Network we believe that good support means employing smart, capable people who are willing to do whatever it takes to be useful in your life. This resource will help you ask critical questions.

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Person Centred Planning

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This short video, produced by LiveWorkPlay, explains what person centred planning is and how it puts people with disability in the centre of support.

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Inspiration Porn and the Objectification of Disability

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Stella Young is a comedian, disability advocate and Editor of ABC’s Ramp Up website, the online space for news, discussion and opinion about disability in Australia. Born in Stawell in Western Victoria, Stella cut her activist teeth at the age of 14 by conducting an access audit of shops on the local main street. It didn’t take long — it was a pretty short street. Since then she has been active in the disability community in a variety of roles, including membership of the Victorian Disability Advisory Council, Ministerial Advisory Council for the Department of Victorian Communities and Women With Disabilities Victoria.

In her TEDx Talk, she discuss how inspiration porn and the objectification of disability negatively impacts and affects people with disability.

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Sticks and Stones: The Effects of Labelling

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Sticks and Stones is a stark illustration about the impact of negative labelling on people’s lives.

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7 Keys to Citizenship

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Citizenship is about living a good life that we each choose and making contributions to the community, while respecting the rights of others to pursue their own path. In this video, Simon Duffy describes 7 keys to how we can achieve citizenship in practice for everyone.

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Asset Based Community Development (ABCD)

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Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) is an approach to community development, as well as a way of thinking and seeing. This animation explains the basics of ABCD – the principles we choose to work with at Cultural Connections.

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Social Role Valorization Theory

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Social Role Valorization, or SRV for short, is a dynamic set of ideas useful for making positive change in the lives of people disadvantaged because of their status in society. SRV is utilized mainly in service to children and adults with impairments as well as elders, but it can be helpful to uplift the social situation of any person or group.

Read more at socialrolevalorization.com

Four Principles of Social Justice

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What does it mean for a society to be just? Philosophers, politicians, and everyday people have wrestled with this question for as long as society has existed. The term “social justice” first applied only to economic resources. Over time, it has become aligned with human rights. The distribution of resources, how people are treated, and access to services and opportunities all play a role in social justice. Because society is complex, social justice is complex as well. At its most basic, it breaks down into four principles.

Read more at humanrightscareers.com

21 Tips for Promoting Independence in Adults with A Disability

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Have you ever considered how to increase the independence of your loved one? It can be hard to find the time and energy to work on greater independence, but it’s definitely worthwhile.

Accepting the unknowns involved in achieving a more independent lifestyle for a family member with an intellectual disability can be challenging as change can be difficult and scary for everyone.

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The Art of Asking by Ric Thompson

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The successful pursuit, attainment and maintenance of community in the lives of individuals with a disability (and their families) is a major focus of Commonwealth and State governments, many Disability Services and above all, individuals themselves. The vision and accompanying passion is present, yet there appears to be little evidence that matches the vision. This brief paper wishes to share a belief that a major contributing factor to our limited success may rest in our failure to either ask of others and, even more importantly, to be ask prepared.

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Self-Determination Theory and Motivation

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In psychology, self-determination is an important concept that refers to each person’s ability to make choices and manage their own life. This ability plays an important role in psychological health and well-being. Self-determination allows people to feel that they have control over their choices and lives. It also has an impact on motivation—people feel more motivated to take action when they feel that what they do will have an effect on the outcome.

The concept of self-determination has been applied to a wide variety of areas including education, work, parenting, exercise, and health. Research suggests that having high self-determination can fosters success in many different domains of life.

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The Five Accomplishments by John O’Brien and Connie Lyle O’Brien

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John O’Brien’s Five Essential Service Accomplishments were aimed at focusing and guiding staff in their work. The accomplishments describe worthy consequences of supported activities. Each accomplishment supports what is considered to be a vital aspect of human experience which common practice often limits for people with severe disabilities.

Each accomplishment recognises the interdependence that exists between individuals, and challenges and strengthens the relationship between people with disabilities and other community members. The aim was to ensure that a human service programme, focused on community participation, would assist people with severe disabilities to form and maintain the variety of ties and connections that constitute community life.

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