Our mission is to improve the lives of people with intellectual disability. We do this by creating and sharing knowledge and evidence, and developing the best approaches and inclusive practices.

CDS believes all people with intellectual disability should live autonomous lives. They should make their own choices, and be engaged with, and valued by, their communities and wider society.

Research Projects

CDS has an active research program focused on different aspects of living with intellectual disability. These projects are carried out to provide advice to disability organisations and government, and to advance knowledge in the sector.

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uni 2 beyond

uni 2 beyond supports people with an intellectual disability to study courses for interest and take part in university life.
Learn new skills, make new friends, plan your future.

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The Instrument for the Classification and Assessment of Support Needs (I-CAN) has been designed to assess and guide support delivery for people with a disability, including mental illness. Find out why the I-CAN tool would be a good choice for your business.

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Promoting Inclusion

The Centre for Disability Studies is committed to the inclusion of people with disability in all aspects of our work.

One important way we do this is through our Inclusive Research Network (IRN). This is a group of people with intellectual disabilities who work as co-researchers alongside other CDS staff. The IRN has completed a wide range of projects. Currently they are co-designing and conducting a major Australian Research Council study, which will investigate how effectively the NDIS is supporting people with intellectual disabilites. The IRN can also provide consultation services to government, businesses, and service providers.

Find out more about the Inclusive Research Network, if you are interested either in joining as a researcher, or hiring their services for your organisation.


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Read more about the wide range of work CDS has been doing to improve the lives of people with disability:

Webinar on recent publication with AHURI Individual Supported Living arrangements for adults with intellectual disabilities and high support needs

CDS recently cowrote a report for AHURI on Individual Supported Living arrangements for adults with intellectual disabilities and high support needs, click here to access the report. CDS are pleased […]

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CDS Clinical Professor and Senior Researcher Vivienne Riches Awarded Visiting Professorship in Singapore

Recently, the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NIE, NTU, Singapore) established the Lien Ying Chow Professorship in Education. The first awardee is Clinical Professor Vivienne Riches who […]

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Special Commentary: Celebrating International Day of People with Disability

A/Prof Mary-Ann O’Donovan, Associate Professor and Executive Director, Center for Disability Studies (CDS), the University of Sydney. Debashis Sarker, Lead, Inclusive Education, Center for Disability Studies (CDS), the University of […]

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