Friday, 28 November 2014

Weekend reading and viewing: 29th - 30th November 2014

A big day for the equal rights of people with intellectual disability
Inclusion Australia, 25th November 2014
Monday, 24th November 2014 has been a big day for standing up for the equal rights of people with intellectual disability.

First, the Senate rejected the Government’s bill to introduce the BSWAT Payment Scheme Bill ... Second, the Australian Law Reform Commission proposes reform to Commonwealth and State laws to ensure that supported decision making is encourage with the right support provided ... Third, ABC 4 Corners exposed sexual abuses of people with disability by carers employed by Yooralla, and a governance culture that was inadequate to protect people with disability from this abuse ...

Can She Feel?
Dave Hingsburger, Rolling Around in My Head, 25th November 2014
Horror, yes. Disgust, yes. Surprise, no. Like many of you, when I heard that in a Los Angeles court an expert testified that a 9 year old girl with an intellectual disability would not experience trauma because, essentially, the less intelligent you are, the less trauma you will experience. Further he stated that, even though this girl was repeatedly assaulted her disability was a 'protective factor' regarding trauma ...

Down Syndrome Bowling Group at SuperStrike Warners Bay
Simon Walker, Newcastle Herald, 24th November 2014
It's never easy moving cities. Finding contacts and friends takes time. Getting familiar with services is a matter of doing the hard yards.And bringing up kids adds another dimension, particularly if they have special needs. But Lisa Taylor knows when to strike, and bowling is right up her alley ...

Why the Film 'Menschen' is Not “Just a Movie"
Mardra Skiora, Medium, 20th November 2014

I suppose everyone has a “button” phrase. Something said to them, even in passing, that hits a nerve. Today I am going to confess mine: “It’s just a movie.” ... No. It’s not. And personally, any movie worth its salt is not just a movie ...

The meaning of Mongol
Uuganaa Ramsay, Ouch (BBC News), 23rd November 2014
Uuganaa Ramsay was raised in Mongolia but now lives in Scotland. She has recently been exploring why her ethnicity is linked to Down's syndrome, a condition diagnosed in her son ...

Journal of Mental Health for Children and Adolescents with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: An Educational Resource, Vol 5, Issue 2, October-November 2014, published by the School-Link Initiative, Childrens Hospital at Westmead.
NDIS Newsletter, November 2014 issue

Poster from Enable Scotland's recently launched anti-bullying campaign:

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