OUR MISSION

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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I-CAN

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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NEWS & MEDIA

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

CDS and the IRN at 2022 ASID Conference

CDS was very proud to present at the 2022 ASID conference on Friday 4 and Wednesday 9 November. We had 2 presentations, one from CDS executive director Mary-Ann O’Donovan on […]

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Community of Practice – Inclusive University for People With Intellectual Disability

|| Join our First Zoom Meeting! || CDS at USyd in collaboration with Flinders University are establishing a community of practice on Inclusive University for people with intellectual disability. || […]

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CDS Invited to Speak at 33rd PANDAA Conference

Excited to share that CDS Executive Director Mary-Ann O’Donovan has been invited as a keynote speaker for the 33rd Annual PANDAA Conference on 24 & 25 November! Click here for more […]

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