Living with Disability Research Centre Research Seminar Series

Event status:

May Seminar

Date:
Wednesday 13 May 2020 03:00 pm until Wednesday 13 May 2020 05:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Contact:
Dr David Henderson
Lids@latrobe.edu.au
Presented by:
Living with Disability Research Centre
Type of Event:
Public

IMPORTANT: Due to the social distancing measures still in place across Victoria, this Seminar will be hosted on Zoom. To join us via Zoom, please email lids@latrobe.edu.au requesting the Zoom link.

3:00pm - Dr Claire Spivakovsky

Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Melbourne

Concerns about 'risk' in group homes: When reputational risks meet OHS concerns and result in restrictive practices

In this presentation, Dr Claire Spivakovsky will explore the interplay between different concerns about ‘risk’ in group home settings and the consequences thereof for people with disability, primarily, people with intellectual disability. She will consider how the use of restrictive practices in some group home settings may be influenced by the interplay of organisational concerns about ‘reputational risks’ and staff concerns about their occupational health and safety. The presentation will draw on findings from interviews with 12 Victorian stakeholders who provide services and support to people with disability.

4:00 pm - Professor Christine Bigby

Director, Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University

"Glossing over issues in the rush to have everybody under the Disability banner": Dedifferentiation and people with intellectual disabilities in the Australian National Insurance Scheme 

Australian disability policy is dedifferentiated, and people with intellectual disabilities are regarded as part of the larger group of people with disabilities. This presentation examines the benefits and drawbacks of the dedifferentiated approach of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. It draws on a review of peer reviewed and grey literature between 2014 – 2019, and semi structured interviews with 11 key informants involved in the NDIS or advocacy. This presentation will show that there have been many problems with implementing the NDIS, among them the fact that outcomes for adults with intellectual disabilities compare poorly with other groups. Adults with intellectual disabilities have benefited from dedifferentiated advocacy to establish the scheme but have been disadvantaged by the omission of mechanisms to support engagement or decision making, and design that failed to adjust to their needs. A more differentiated approach is needed for people with intellectual disabilities to benefit optimally from the Scheme.

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