Living with Disability Research Centre Research Seminar Series

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June Seminar

Wednesday 08 June 2022 03:00 pm until Wednesday 08 June 2022 05:00 pm (Add to calendar)
James Pilbrow
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Living with Disability Research Centre
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Including people with intellectual disabilities in the mainstreamOur first presenter will speak about how mainstream services understand and operationalize inclusive services for people with intellectual disabilities. Our second presenter focuses on the impacts of the digitization of services on the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.

Mainstreaming differentiation and individualisation as modes of inclusion in mainstream services

Associate Professor Ilan Wiesel, School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, The University of Melbourne

This presentation draws on the ARC Discovery study “The Disability Inclusive City” to examine how mainstream services understand and operationalize inclusive service for people with intellectual disability. It identifies three modes that are applied in tandem: First, a commitment and adjustments to support inclusion of a wide range of marginalised people. Second, adjustments to support inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities more specifically. And, third, reliance or cooperation with the personal supporters of service users with intellectual disabilities. The presenter contends that these three modes, at the service level correspond in complex ways with three broader approaches to social inclusion: mainstreaming, differentiation and individualisation. Rather than contradictory modes of inclusion, the presenter argues that these approaches should be understood as complementary layers.

People with intellectual disability and the digitization of services

Dr. Ellen van Holstein, Vice Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

This presentation is concerned with the co-constitutive role of the ubiquity of digital technologies in the production of space. Building on recent developments in digital geography and inequality, this paper highlights highly uneven processes of attunement with technology and the its unequal impacts on people’s lives. Drawing on interviews with people with intellectual disability and urban services staff in Melbourne, Australia, the presenter will demonstrates that while creating new opportunities for some people with intellectual disability, digitization of services has also produced new barriers to their inclusion in urban spaces. They will focus on three sets of service digitization – electronic payment systems, public transport e-ticketing and public library digitization – we show that the successful engagement of people with intellectual disability with digital technologies depends on the alignment of diverse components such as the person’s skills and economic resources, the availability and skills of both disability support staff and urban service staff, and favourable responses of by-standers.



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