Living with Disability Research Centre Research Seminar Series

Event status:

December Seminar

Date:
Wednesday 08 December 2021 03:00 pm until Wednesday 08 December 2021 05:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Contact:
Lauren De Losa
Lids@latrobe.edu.au
Presented by:
Living with Disability Research Centre
Type of Event:
Public

Reflections on the NDIS and social inclusion 
Our final seminar for the year will review two recently published books exploring the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The presentations will look at the successes and failures of the NDIS and the ongoing issues around achieving the social inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.


An overview of and reflections from the book The National Disability Insurance Scheme: An Australian Public Policy Experiment

Mhairi Cowden and Claire McCullagh

The NDIS has been described as Australia’s biggest social shift since Medicare. But why is the scheme so important, and what makes it so different to the disability system before it? Our new book, The National Disability Insurance Scheme: An Australian Public Policy Experiment, comprehensively examines the NDIS from initial concept through to its implementation. It unpacks the scheme's history, philosophy, successes, and challenges, and includes contributions from NDIS participants, academics and practitioners representing some of the best minds currently thinking and writing about the Scheme. Our presentation will provide an overview of the book, including its analysis of the NDIS opportunities and challenges ahead. We will also provide a detailed analysis of Chapter 12, which examines the place for children with disability within the NDIS and considers the potential shift that the NDIS presents in thinking about children’s rights, choice, and control.

Still in the underground? Why the social inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities remains an elusive goal in neoliberal societies

Dr David Treanor, University Associate, Philosophy & Gender Studies, School of Humanities, University of Tasmania.

This presentation explores, why, after forty years of targeted western government funded policies of social inclusion for persons living with an intellectual disability, persons are still separated from the social fabric of our neoliberal societies. The fundamental proposition is that persons with an intellectual disability are persons qua persons. As persons, we continually grow, develop and deteriorate through our years and need a range of social, educational experiences and opportunities that are normative to the cultures we live in. We are entitled to be accepted and valued for our being, provided with opportunities to realize our full potential as persons, hold citizenship rights and responsibilities, with the appropriate circumstances to genuinely participate in our local communities. Nonetheless, these opportunities are not available to all persons. A range of critical theories demonstrates how some persons have been, and continue to be, subjugated by negative attitudes and low expectations by their peers and how this negative paradigm sustains itself.

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