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CDS Annual General Meeting and Trevor Parmenter Lecture and Awards

November 25, 2019, 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm


 The Centre for Disability Studies is pleased to announce the 2019 Trevor Parmenter Lecture and Awards to be presented at CDS’ Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday 25 November 2019, 4.30 to 7.30pm. 

The evening will start with our AGM followed by the Trevor Parmenter Lecture to be presented by Dr Alice Schippers and Casper Boot.

There will be light refreshments and drinks.

The program for the evening is:

4.30 pm | AGM

5.40 pm | Canapes and drinks

6.00 pm | Trevor Parmenter Lecture with Dr Alice Schippers and Casper Boot

6.45 pm | Trevor Parmenter Awards



The Trevor Parmenter Lecture 2019

“Special” Families and their “Normal” Daily Lives

Current philosophical and human rights approaches to disability support the view that disability is no reason to assume poor quality of life. Moreover, individuals with disabilities themselves typically rate their own quality of life quite high. Similarly, families perceive disability as contributing to family quality of life in some ways, although this is tempered by social constructs, especially “normalcy”, that support marginalisation and discrimination.

Our research relates to the way in which families experience their social environment and supports. In this presentation we argue that processes of acceptance and understanding play a role. Also, we illustrate how family members experience their interaction with the community, and how moral notions and values could influence the lives of families. Families reflect on notions of normality and being different, and sometimes struggle with implicit norms and values of society which can impede acceptance and understanding by others. In turn, these norms and values influence the level of support received from other people and the possibilities for social interaction with the community.


  Alice Schippers, PhD (interdisciplinary social sciences), worked for twenty years in policy, management, research and higher education in the disabilities field.  She is director of Disability Studies in the Netherlands and is coordinating senior research at the Disability Studies unit of the Medical Humanities department of the Amsterdam University medical centre. Her interests are on (family) quality of life, inclusion and collaborative research.



My name is Casper Boot, I live in Amersfoort, The Netherlands. I’m 16 years old and try to attend (secondary) school as much as possible, which is currently not much. Since 2014, I’m guest lecturing at several international programs at universities in Amsterdam and at international conferences in London and Barcelona as an expert by experience on personal, social, and cultural aspects of autism. My ambition for the future is to study zoology and become a zoologist with a special focus on mammals. My hobbies are gaming (a.o. multiplayer gamers with my schoolmates and others), playing the guitar, and long distance hiking.




November 25, 2019
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm


MFB Auditorium
92-94 Parramatta Road
Camperdown, 2050 Australia
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