Living with Disability Research Centre July 2019 Seminar

Event status:

Dr Ilan Wiesel: Ambiguities of ‘mainstream participation’ by people with intellectual disability and Associate Professor Karen Soldatic & Dr Michelle Fitts: Sorting myself out of the system: Social sorting and the disability income support system for Indigenous Australians living with Disability.

Date:
Wednesday 10 July 2019 03:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Contact:
Melanie (Mim) Hayes
lids@latrobe.edu.au; 03 9479 3826
Presented by:
Living with Disability Research Centre
Type of Event:
Future Student: Postgraduate; Current Student: Postgraduate; Public Lecture; Seminar/Workshop/Training
Cost:
Free

3:00 pm - Dr Ilan Wiesel: Finding the mainstream city: the ambiguities of ‘mainstream participation’ by people with intellectual disability

Dr Ilan Wiesel
Senior Lecturer at the School of Geography, University of Melbourne.

The binary categories of ‘mainstream’ and ‘specialist’ have come to play a central role in framing debates about the social exclusion of people with intellectual disability. The mainstream is often conceived as a container of social goods from which people with intellectual disability are ‘shut out’ by a range of barriers; or, alternatively, as a dangerous wilderness in which they are most vulnerable. In contrast, specialist services have often been conceived as impoverished, dehumanising asylums in which people with intellectual disability are ‘shut in’; or, alternatively, as oases in which they are sheltered from the dangers of an unaccommodating mainstream. The NDIS views its participants’ use of mainstream services as a crucial element of social inclusion. The scheme will fund certain specialist disability services, but “wherever possible” the NDIS will provide funding to support participation in mainstream systems, including health, education, housing, and other social and community services. In this presentation, I will examine theoretical debates, conceptual ambiguities and normative biases surrounding the terms ‘mainstream’, ‘specialist’, and ‘participation’, specifically when applied in the context of contemporary urban societies.

Slides from this presentation - Ilan Wiesel [PDF:3.4mb]


4:00 pm - Associate Professor Karen Soldatic & Dr Michelle Fitts: Sorting myself out of the system: Social sorting and the disability income support system for Indigenous Australians living with disability

Associate Professor Karen Soldatic
Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow (2016-2019) with the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University.
Dr Michelle Fitts
Research Officer with the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, and an adjunct Research Fellow at James Cook University.

The Disability Support Pension (DSP), the primary social security payment for Australians living with disability, has undergone considerable reform since the early 2000s. Limited research has examined the impact of such reforms to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) Australians living with disability. This presentation pays particular attention to the experiences of Indigenous Australians applying for the DSP, with a strong focus on reforms since 2015, as these modifications have been arguably the most rigorous changes to the assessment process and eligibility criteria. The presentation illustrates the challenges that Indigenous Australians with disability experience in applying for the disability pension under the new process and the supports they require in submitting their application. The presentation draws on sociological theories of social sorting as identified for the disability category by Grover and Piggott (2010), and examines the application and implications within the Australian context of such processes for Indigenous Australians living with disability.

Slides from this presentation - Karen Soldatic [PDF:600kb]

Map:

Library Seminar Room 1.34, Level 1 of the Borchardt Library, La Trobe University, Bundoora Campus

Borchardt Library, La Trobe University, Bundoora

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