Living with Disability Research Centre Research Seminar Series

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June Seminar

Wednesday 09 June 2021 03:00 pm until Wednesday 09 June 2021 05:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Lauren De Losa
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Living with Disability Research Centre
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Revisiting issues of ageing with disability: Continuing challenges of bridging service systems

This seminar will launch the Handbook on Ageing with Disability published by Routledge and edited by Michelle Putnam and Christine Bigby. Together with an overview of the book, two speakers will preview key chapters about the knowledge base and ageing in place.

Professor Michelle Putnam - Simmons University (USA)

Knowledge-building in the field of ageing with disability: Where are we at? What else do we need to know?

Knowledge development in the field of ageing with disability is still young. The evidence base is small as is the number of scholars and researchers. But the number of adults ageing with long-term disability continues to grow and the need is great to increase knowledge development to ensure people with disabilities live long, healthy, and meaningful lives doing what they would like to do. This presentation presents an overview where the knowledge base is stronger and where it needs additional development. It highlights concepts and ideas that help bridge the fields of aging and disability and acknowledges hurdles that remain for integrating knowledge across fields. The importance of developing knowledge relevant to and prioritized by stakeholders including persons with disabilities and their families is discussed. Recommendations for where and how to advance the knowledge based are presented as concluding thoughts.

Dr Tal Araten-Bergman - Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University

Supporting ageing people with intellectual disability in group homes: Past present and future

The past several decades have seen dramatic increases in the life expectancy of people with intellectual disabilities. The ageing of people with intellectual disabilities emerged as a pressing social phenomenon in the 1980s, when researchers and advocacy groups began calling on public policy and service providers to adapt to the age-associated support needs of this population. Since then, the context of the debates about policy, funding and services for older people with intellectual disabilities has shifted significantly, embracing a rights-based approach and identifying community living, consumer choice, control and quality of life across the lifespan. A central concept in this discourse is the principle of “ageing-in-place”, which refers to opportunities for people to remain in their own home regardless of their increasing care needs and sets an expectation to make available the necessary supports to achieve this. This presentation will focus on ageing people residing in shared supported disability accommodation. Based on research exploring services providers experiences, the presentation will reflect on some of the obstacles that hindered ageing in place for this population prior to the NDIS, and then explore the potential of current policy to more effectively enable people with intellectual disability to age successfully in their community.



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