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Sexuality and Relationships in the Lives of People with Intellectual Disabilities: Standing in My Shoes

by Alan Rob Hopkins Patrick Kearney Carol Hamilton Sigurjon Jonni Gretarsson Linnette Farquarson Sue Ledger Linda Strickland Sharon Harrison Steve Mee Janice Slattery Lindy Shufflebotham Pauline Skehan Bill Bill Lee-Ann Monk Rachel Fyson Adam Koronka Rohhss Chapman Niall Mcnulty Craig Blyth Ger Minogue Kelley Johnson Jan Walmsley Kathleen O'Leary Claire Azzopardi-Lane Joe Mcgrath Eyglo Ebba Hreinsdottir Chris Bigby Eiji Tsuda Nigel Ingham Janet Corry Jackie Downer Patsie Frawley Gudrun V Stefansdottir Louise Townson Toon Maillard Daniel Docherty Ruth Garbutt Clare Miller Peter Peter Takako Ueto

Drawing extensively on personal experiences, this important volume looks at sexuality and relationships in the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, painting a genuine picture of the range of sexualities and relationships people want. Honest and reflective, it shows how sexuality has been managed and controlled in different countries. It explores a range of issues such as rights, resilience, protection, sexual oppression and the lack of privacy for those living in care institutions. Co-edited and with contributions by people with intellectual disabilities and allies, this unique book offers an authentic account of the challenges people face and what society needs to do to respect people's rights. Providing insight into a morally, ethically and legally complex area, this book will be essential reading for people with intellectual disabilities, their advocates, families and supporters; social care managers, social workers, and other professionals working in the field as well as academic researchers and students.

The Transition Companion

by Rob Hopkins

In this illustrated resource for general readers, Hopkins, founder of the UK'S Transition Movement, advocates a grassroots, community-led response to climate change and oil dependence. The first part of the book explains the rationale behind the need for a new paradigm for communities, reviewing the current and future consequences of oil dependence, climate change, and economic problems, and describes the transition movement's vision for revived communities. The book then describes real initiatives that work for lower energy use, ecological sustainability, and reliance on local economies. Hopkins gives advice on how to start and maintain a transition initiative, covering ingredients for success such as respectful communication, running effective meetings, forming a legal entity, starting local food initiatives, encouraging entrepreneurship, and using less energy. The book's color layout includes color photos and color-coded sections. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)

The Transition Handbook

by Rob Hopkins

We live in an oil-dependent world, arriving at this level of dependency in a very short space of time by treating petroleum as if it were in infinite supply. Most of us avoid thinking about what happens when oil runs out (or becomes prohibitively expensive), but The Transition Handbook shows how the inevitable and profound changes ahead can have a positive outcome. These changes can lead to the rebirth of local communities that will grow more of their own food, generate their own power, and build their own houses using local materials. They can also encourage the development of local currencies to keep money in the local area. There are now over 30 "transition towns" in the UK, Australia and New Zealand with more joining as the idea takes off. They provide valuable experience and lessons-learned for those of us on this side of the Atlantic. With little proactive thinking at the governmental level, communities are taking matters into their own hands and acting locally. If your town is not a transition town, this upbeat guide offers you the tools for starting the process.

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