Living with Disability Research Centre Research Seminar Series

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August Seminar

Wednesday 12 August 2020 03:00 pm until Wednesday 12 August 2020 05:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Dr David Henderson
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Living with Disability Research Centre
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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 requesting the Zoom link.

3:00 pm - Dr Kate D’Cruz

Lecturer, Occupational Therapy, La Trobe University

Understanding the transformative potential of sharing personal stories: A process model of narrative storytelling

This presentation will oultine the findings and practice implications of Dr D'Cruz's PhD research exploring the subjective experience of narrative storytelling for adults with acquired brain injury (ABI). This is the first study to investigate narrative storytelling for adults with ABI in an advocacy context, and from the perspective of both storytellers and facilitators. A total of 28 transcripts from in-depth interviews were analysed using constructivist grounded theory methods. Narrative storytelling was found to be a humanising experience which held meaningful occupational purpose. The storytellers experienced agency in relationship with the facilitators, while the story sharing enabled storytellers to feel heard, express emotions and reflect upon life experiences. A model of narrative storytelling, generated from the experiences of the participants, illustrates the transformative potential of story sharing, showing the dynamic and multidimensional relationships between the processes of narrative storytelling, identity construction and occupational engagement.

4:00 pm - Dr David Henderson

Research Fellow, Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University

Stories from the Wild West frontier: The NDIS experiences of people with severe and profound intellectual disabilities

This presentation will explore of the NDIS experiences of two participants with severe and profound intellectual disabilities and the issues they have encountered in their dealings with the scheme since it began being implemented across Australia in 2016. It draws on in depth, life review interviews with two parents of children with severe and profound intellectual disability. One of the aims of the interviews was to facilitate participants of the study to talk, in as much detail as possible, about their own – and by extension their child’s – experiences of the NDIS, but also about the routines of their daily lives and how these have changed over time. By taking such an approach, this presentation seeks to excavate the experiences of people with severe and profound intellectual disabilities and insert them into public narratives about the NDIS. The NDIS’s commitment to providing lifelong, indivualised support to people with disabilities should be celebrated. By exploring the personal stories of two NDIS participants who have accessed and navigated the scheme, this presentation asks if it is living up to those celebrated ideals.



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