Community Resource Unit Inc

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 A good life, an ordinary life: A collection of writings from CRUcial Times (Vol 1)
by Community Resource Unit Inc

This collection of writings comes from the periodical, CRUcial Times, which is published quarterly by Community Resource Unit.
Authors include people with disabilities, family members, service providers, and advocates for change. The magazine-style book is divided into six sections, offering articles that provide some insights into how a person with a disability might be supported to get and enjoy a good life.

The sections are: Through a sense of belonging; Through relationships; through dreams and aspirations; Through collective action; Through struggle; Through good service support.

Published 2001, paperback, 90 pages. $20.00

Community Conversations: A Collection of Writings from CRUcial Times (Vol 2).
by Community Resource Unit Inc

Community Conversations is the second published collection of articles from CRU's periodical, CRUcial Times.

Community Resource Unit believes that it is vitally important for us to keep having conversations with each other - conversations about our beliefs, our hopes and our ideas for enhancing the lives of people with disabilities and others who are vulnerable in our communities.

The articles in this book enrich our sense of community, whether this is through a stronger sense of everyday lives in our neighbourhoods, or by contributing to the strengthening of a community of people who are struggling to achieve better lives for people with disabilities - lives that are meaningful, with strong connections to others. The articles have been written by a variety of contributors including people with disabilities, service workers, parents, scholars and community members. The sections include: being part of a vital community; identity and roles; being in life, not a system; and challenges and strategies for services.

Published 2003, paperback, 94 pages. $20.00

 Relationships & Everyday Lives: People With A Disability And Vital Communities
by Community Resource Unit Inc

This collection expands our thinking about relationships and community, offering examples from the lives of those who have dared to believe that people with disability can experience positive, reciprocal relationships, sustained and developed over time. It will be an important resource for people with disability, their families and all who join the contributors’ vision of lives lived in relationship and community.

Published 2003, paperback, 172 pages. $32.50

Gathering the Wisdom - Changing Realities in the Lives of People with Disabilities
by Community Resource Unit Inc

Published by Community Resource Unit, the book offers a deep insight into some of the changes that have shaped many disability issues in Australia.

The book contains chapters by individuals who have been involved in creating legislation to those affected by it; from those who have received services to those providing them; and from those fighting society's dominant paradigms to those responsible for making change at all levels of society including the closure of large institutions, inclusive school practices, and strengthening the roles of ordinary citizens.

A depth of experience enables this book to explore methods of change. It discusses theory and reality, the struggle and emotions in the lives of people with disabilities, and suggests how a desirable future may become a reality.

Published 1999, paperback, 250 pages. $27.50

 Telling the Untold: Families, Disability &Institutions - stories of banned and unrequited love by Community Resource Unit Inc

Written by Beverley Funnell and published by Community Resource Unit, this book draws on the narratives of families who had sons or daughters, sisters or brothers living in Challinor Centre, a large state-run institution for people with disabilities located in the southeast corner of Queensland. Sections of the book include such topics as:

Recollections of family life; the unrewarding search for support; 'Mother blame'; the impact of institutionalisation on all members of the family; families kept in the background; the role of professionals and the service system; life after the institution; the power of the storyteller; a transformed relationship between parents and professionals; and the characteristics of helpful professional practitioners.

The book is essential reading for those who support people who have left institutions for life in the community and for those whose work is to support families who have sons or daughters with disabilities.

Published 2001, paperback, 110 pages. $20.00

   Like a Sweet Cup of Tea: Shared Lives, Neighbourhoods and Communities
by Community Resource Unit Inc

With the intention of encouraging a stronger movement in favour of authentic community living, and underpinned by a theme of reconciliation, this book provides stories of people with disabilities living ordinary lives, in valued roles, and in love relationships, and explores the ethics and the practices that make this possible

Published 2004, paperback, 187 pages. $32.50

Leisure, Integration and Community (2nd edition) by Peggy Hutchison and Judith McGill

Written by Peggy Hutchison and Judith McGill, and published by Leisurability Publications, this book is an essential reference for all those who seek to support people with disabilities as fully participating members of the community. The authors are highly experienced in supporting people with disabilities to gain access to valued leisure roles that contribute to strong ties to the community. In great detail they describe the process of dramatically changing how individuals with disabilities think about themselves, and are defined by others.

The book provides a wealth of practical material on how to build roles and relationships, and an integrated life in the community for people with disabilities. Easily accessed by readers, this valuable book deals with such topics as:

Leisure and community; leisure connections; life experiences; being seen as a unique individual; good role models; rich learning experiences; friendship as a core element of integration; barriers to friendship; planning for change; creating a vision of a desirable future; parallels between leisure and person-centred approach; ways of understanding community; adopting changing roles; and community as a social network.

Published 1998, paperback, 361 pages. $66.55

 A Good Life for You and Your Relative with a Disability
by Al Etmanski

Parent and author, Al Etmanski, describes what is truly important when contemplating the future of a person with a disability. Full of practical ideas, this 330-page book is positive and inspiring.

Published 2000, paperback, 328 pages. $65.00

Developing Leisure Identities
by Judith McGill

The author, Judith McGill, is an energetic community organizer and educator. Her focus is on helping people to take a clear look at the assumptions behind their day-to-day practices when they are supporting people with disabilities to become actively engaged in the life of their community.

The book is based on the belief that through leisure involvement we gain a stronger sense of who we are, and our sense of belonging is strengthened. It is a resourceful book that covers such topics as: How leisure roles change and evolve throughout life; exploring a leisure identity; developing visual maps of the role and identity; role of family, friend and support worker; leisure as an event, diversion or treat; leisure identities involve a strong perception of risk; and relationship building.

Published 1996, paperback, 110 pages. $30.25

 Daring To Dream: Stories of Parent Advocacy in Queensland
by Jennifer Barrkman

Rich with the collective wisdom of people who promote, protect and defend the rights of vulnerable people, this book includes help on how best to deal with inflexible systems, and the many different roads that have led people to collective action of systems advocacy.

Published 2002, paperback, 171 pages. $20.00

A brief introduction to Social Role Valorization as a high-order concept for structuring human services
by Wolf Wolfensberger

This monograph serves as an initial orientation to Social Role Valorization (SRV) theory and to some of the major subtopics of the theory, including: the reality of societal devaluation; the dynamics of role expectancy; the power of social roles; the combination of image-enhancing and competency-enhancing strategies in a human service; and the importance of personal social integration for people at risk of social devaluation.

Although the book has a lot to say about human services, the principles of SRV are equally applicable to many decisions and activities that are made outside of formal human service organisations: in ordinary lives; interpersonal relationships; and informal ways of helping or relating to people with a disability.

Published 1998, small paperback, 139 pages. $28.50

   The Future of Children with Significant Impairment, What Parents Fear and Want, and What Others May Be Able to Do About It by Wolf Wolfensberger.

The material in the book is divided into three parts. "What will happen to my handicapped child when I am gone?" " Thoughts on parental responsibilities when ones child is impaired." "Common experiences of parents of impaired children."

Published 2003, paperback, 120 pages. $25.00

The Origin and Nature of Our Institutional Models
by Wolf Wolfensberger (1975) $17.60

The new genocide of handicapped and afflicted people
by Wolf Wolfensberger

This monograph, written in 1987 by Wolf Wolfensberger, is a somewhat prophetic writing, given the unchecked excesses of genetic technology today and the threats to people with disabilities, before and after birth. The author stresses that nothing comes out of nothing: if society kills some of its members, then certain developments must have occurred previously so as to dispose that society into such an action. A large portion of the monograph is spent explaining how people in any society become devalued; how being devalued and rejected can jeopardize a person's life; and how devalued people are at risk of being made dead in a systematic fashion.

Published 1987, photocopied, 113 pages. $15.00

 Finding People To Be There: Rebuilding a Sense of Belonging
by Neil and Penny Barringham

Drawn from the experience of working with people who are isolated and vulnerable, this resource offers helpful ideas and strategies for responding to people's expressed need to belong. It focuses on how opportunities for relationships can be increased, and on the importance of the ordinary.

Published 2002, paperback, 60 pages. $15.00

Night Life: Ten Years of Light in the Dark
by Jan Dyke

This book is about a small community-based service - governed by the people themselves - that assists people with disabilities in a personalised way in their own homes at night. The uplifting story has lessons not only about service provision, but also about life.

Published 2002, paperback, 121 pages. $16.50



 A Place Called Home
by Alison Ouellette

This small book is the story of creating an independent lifestyle and home for a young man called David, whose family and their plans, were inspired by Nicola Schaefer.

Published 2002, paperback, 54 pages. $15.00

 Changing Lives, Changing Communities
by Harriet Ziegler.

An excellent plain-English description of Social Role Valorisation.

Published 2004, paperback, 12 pages. $8.00

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 Like a Sweet Cup of Tea: Shared Lives, Neighbourhoods and Communities.
by Community Resource Unit Inc

With the intention of encouraging a stronger movement in favour of authentic community living, and underpinned by a theme of reconciliation this book provides stories of people with disabilities living ordinary lives, in valued roles, and in love relationships, and explores the ethics and the practices that make this possible.

Published 2004, paperback, 187 pages. $32.50
 Movement Differences and Diversity in Autism/Mental Retardation
by Anne M. Donnellan, PhD and
Martha R. Leary, MA, CCC-SLP

Appreciating and Accommodating People with Communication and Behavior Challenges

Published 1995, paperback, 103 pages. $TBA
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