What does it take to achieve choice and control for people with disabilities?

Two distinguished speakers, Professor Tom Shakespeare and Sue Salthouse, will address issues surrounding the National Disability Insurance Scheme and what it takes to achieve control and choice for people living with disabilities.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Australia to respect the choices of people with disabilities, bring a sense of control into their lives, and enhance their social and economic participation in everyday life. The speakers will address what it takes to achieve choice and control for people with disabilities. Professor Tom Shakespeare will draw on UK policy reform and the lived experience of people with disabilities in that country. Sue Salthouse will discuss how Australia is doing in achieving choice, control and participation for people with disabilities as the NDIS approaches full scheme implementation across Australia.

This event was held at the University of Sydney on Wednesday 11 July 2018.

The Speakers:

  • Professor Tom Shakespeare, University of East Anglia, and Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney. He has worked at the University of Sunderland, Newcastle University, University of Leeds and University of East Anglia, teaching and researching in sociology. He is author of Disability Rights and Wrongs (2006) and co-author of The Sexual Politics of Disability (1996) among a dozen academic books and more than fifty refereed papers. He has also contributed to bioethics literature on prenatal diagnosis and end of life. In total, his publications have been cited more than 13,000 times. He spent five years at the World Health Organization (WHO), where he was a co-author and co-editor of the World report on disability (2011) and International Perspectives on Spinal Cord Injury (2013). He was also vice-chair of the WHO Ethics Review Committee. In the UK, he founded several disabled people’s organisations; chaired the central research committee of the £5m Disability Research for Independent Living and Learning programme; is a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics; and a former member of Arts Council England. He has authored three television documentaries, and presents ‘A Point of View’ regularly on BBC Radio 4, among other broadcasting and arts experience.
  • Sue Salthouse, Convenor of Women with Disabilities ACT, and 2015-16 ACT Citizen of the Year. Sue has worked in the area of social justice and human rights since 1996, playing an active role in policy analysis on the intersecting issues of gender and disability discrimination which affect women with disabilities, contributing to their high risk of experiencing violence, abuse and exploitation, as well as marginalisation in government/non-government policies and programs. She is an immediate past member of the governing Council of the University of Canberra and the Chair of the ACT NDIS Advisory Council from 2011 to 2017. Sue represents the ACT on the NDIS Independent Advisory Council. Sue was announced as the ACT Senior Woman of the Year 2014, a finalist in Australia of the year in 2015, and is the 2015-16 ACT Citizen of the Year.

This venue is fully accessible and hearing loop is available. Auslan interpretation will be available.

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