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By Janet Read

Now in its thoroughly up to date moment variation, this obtainable advisor to the legislation affecting disabled childrens and children will allow pros and households to appreciate the laws and practice it expectantly and creatively to enhance the standard of lifetime of young children with disabilities. The authors take an anti-discriminatory and inclusive method that contains mom and dad and youngsters in decision-making and advocacy. They draw on learn at the wishes of disabled young ones, teens and their households to point how the legislation can be utilized to advertise sturdy perform and coverage improvement. additionally they clarify the overlapping criminal obligations of social companies, wellbeing and fitness and schooling, and the way to facilitate co-ordinated perform. Divided into elements, the ebook enhances the criminal details within the first half with an intensive examine part within the moment half. "Disabled young ones and the legislations" is a necessary reference for practitioners, coverage makers, scholars and households.

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A combination of factors related to circumstances and human and practical resources may make balancing the needs of disabled and non-disabled family members a challenging proposition. Trying to be even-handed in meeting the sometimes incompatible needs of different children in the household and making sure that nobody misses out is something that undoubtedly preoccupies many parents and may be a cause of stress (Glendinning 1983; Read 2000). Beresford’s (1995) national survey of 1100 families with a disabled child confirmed the findings of many other studies on the high levels of personal care and assistance being offered by mothers to their severely disabled sons and daughters of all ages.

Gordon et al. (2000b) undertook a reanalysis of the OPCS data and, for some purposes, policy-makers and researchers still regard this analysis as the most robust national data currently available. The Family Fund Trust (FFT) database is one of the most frequently used and highly regarded national sources of information on disabled children and their families. The FFT is a government-funded independent organisation that gives grants and information to those severely disabled children and their families who are relatively disadvantaged financially.

The repeated questioning of such assumptions and arguing for disabled children and their rights to be governed by the same standards as those applied to their non-disabled peers can be seen as a major breakthrough in policy, research and other literature in the last decade (Clements and Read 2003; DH 2000a; Hirst and Baldwin 1994; Morris 1995, 1998a, 1998b, 1998c). Related to this general trend has been a greater focus on policies and practices that create opportunities for the inclusion of children with diverse needs and characteristics in mainstream services and facilities (Booth 1999; Booth et al.

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