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CDS Annual General Meeting and Trevor Parmenter Lecture and Awards

November 24, 2020, 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm


The Centre for Disability Studies is pleased to announce the Annual General Meeting will be help online on Tuesday 24 November at 4.30 pm. The 2020 Trevor Parmenter Lecture and Awards will be held during the AGM.

The program for the evening is:

4.30 pm | AGM

5.50 pm | Trevor Parmenter Lecture

6.30 pm | Trevor Parmenter Awards

Once registered, instructions on how to access the AGM and Trevor Parmenter Lecture and Awards will be sent closer to the date.

Trevor Parmenter Lecture 2020 – Inclusion: The heart of the matter

In this lecture, Professor Emerita Patricia O’Brien will honour the work of Professor Emeritus Trevor Parmenter, the Foundation Chair of the Centre for Disability Studies, whose work in Quality of Life and Inclusion is well documented.

In acknowledging Trevor’s contribution Patricia will pose the question, Inclusion: How far have we come and how far do we need to go? Initially Patricia will trace the evolution of inclusion identifying catalyst factors that have played a role in moving its vista into the heart of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). Current recommendations to Australia from the UN monitoring Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) reflect inclusive challenges that are not new.

It will be argued that where inclusive ideals and practice to and fro, “inclusion fatigue” needs to be vigilantly off-set. The presentation will then differentiate between inclusion that requires institutional characteristics, such as policies, funding, staffing, training, compliance measures, and inclusion that is personal. A position will be taken that inclusion will be illusory if only dependent upon organisational practice versus the person being recognised, invited and welcomed into sharing life together with heart. Sharing life built upon the aphorism, “Like attracts Like” needs to expand to include “Like attracts Difference”.

About the Presenter:

This year’s Trevor Parmenter Lecture will be presented by Professor Emerita Patricia O’Brien. In September this year, Patricia retired from the Directorship of the Centre for Disability Studies after 10 years where she led a skilled and responsive team of researchers, educators and clinicians in implementing the organisation’s vision of Building Capacity for Change. 

Patricia’s vision on inclusion guided multiple projects associated with recognising that the lived experience of people with intellectual disability was of value to them in becoming members of inclusive research teams, contributing as students to the life of the University of Sydney, and sharing stories of their own choice of independent accommodation. Patricia’s current research is in exploring how people with high and complex support needs can live ordinary lives in the community, as well as hearing from people if individualised funding packages have led to the NDIS being seen as a Reality or just ongoing Rhetoric?

Patricia has co-edited three books that explore the implications for inclusion within higher education, service settings and community.


November 24, 2020
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm


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