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Welfare Reform on the Web (March 2010): Mental health services - overseas

Autism grows up: opportunities for adults with autism

J.E. Graetz

Disability and Society, vol. 25, 2010, p. 33-47

This survey explored the needs of 143 US families supporting an adult with autism and the opportunities afforded them for social interaction in the community, employment and independent living. Results indicate a lack of available support for caregivers and limited opportunities for the family member with autism in these areas. The author concludes by calling for more acceptance and tolerance of difference in society and for all people to be valued for their unique functions.

Dual diagnosis: practice in context

P. Phillips, O. McKeown and T. Sandford (editors)

Chichester: Wiley, 2010

This is a practical evidence-based guide for practitioners working in multi-disciplinary mental health and substance misuse service settings. Divided into three sections, this comprehensive and international text first explores the contemporary contextual issues surrounding the subject area. It then goes on to review dual diagnosis in some of the 'special' populations (including people diagnosed with personality disorders, women, young people, and older adults) and contemporary issues (e.g. crystal methamphetamine and mental health). Part three reviews the development of international service responses to dual diagnosis and discusses the development and commissioning of service models, research and practice development. The text concludes with a chapter outlining priorities for the development of interventions, service approaches, research and education.

Social integration of adults with intellectual disabilities in Georgia: lessons from Poland and the USA

T. Makharadze

International Social Work, vol. 53, 2010, p. 47-49

Despite many general features inherited from a common Soviet past, Poland and Georgia have developed rather different approaches to tackling the problems of adults with intellectual disabilities. The variations are even more extreme in comparison with the USA. This paper compares the welfare benefits available for adults with intellectual disabilities and social programmes encouraging their integration into society in the three countries.

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