Living with Disability Research Centre 2020 Research Seminar Series

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March Seminar

Wednesday 11 March 2020 03:00 pm until Wednesday 11 March 2020 03:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Dr David Henderson
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Living with Disability Research Centre
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3:00 pm - Charity Sims-Jenkins

PhD Candidate, Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University

Do warm feelings, rather than negative feelings, obstruct support for self-determination from support workers? A literature review

Self-determination is a key component of quality of life for adults with intellectual disabilities and it is important for mental wellbeing and reduced vulnerability to abuse. Workers in the National Disability Insurance Scheme are expected to support self-determination for service users, yet the literature provides numerous accounts of support workers in services for adults with intellectual disabilities obstructing self-determination through coercion and overriding decisions. Paternalistic relationships between support workers and services users can develop where support workers treat adult service users like children. Literature on stigma and attitudes explores how negative thoughts and feelings toward people with intellectual disabilities can lead to harmful actions, yet the situation of failing to support self-determination is complex. Protectiveness suggests warm, not hostile feelings. Rather than wilfully obstructing self-determination, support workers report feeling conflicted between maintaining duty of care and allowing dignity of risk. Could warm feelings rather than negative feelings be the key drivers when support workers overprotect and override decisions? This presentation explores how ambivalent combinations of thoughts and feelings may contribute to paternalistic prejudice in support workers toward adults with intellectual disabilities, and why understanding the contribution of warm feelings may be important for addressing paternalistic discrimination.

4:00 pm - Dr Sian Anderson

Lecturer, Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University

Twitter versus the 'so-called professionals': Social media responses to evidence presented by researchers to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability conducted public hearings in Melbourne, December 2019. People with disabilities, service providers and researchers were invited to present evidence on the theme of group homes. Responses on social media to people with disabilities giving evidence were positive, whilst responses to researchers giving evidence were generally highly negative. This presentation analyses the tweets by individuals or individuals on behalf of groups who were not described as academic researchers in their Twitter profile and who tweeted about the Royal Commission using one of the various hashtags to do with the Royal Commission. It explores how tweet authors generally criticised the presence and participation of researchers in the Royal Commission hearings. Yet for the Royal Commission to deliver meaningful recommendations to improve the disability sector and the lives of people with disabilities it is important to value both stories of lived experience and rigorous research evidence. Researchers and disability self-advocates and advocates working together and valuing each other’s contribution to public discourse offer opportunities to make change.

Meeting Room 203, Health Sciences 1 (Level 2).

La Trobe University



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