ABOUT THE AUSTRALIAN FAMILY AND DISABILITY STUDIES RESEARCH COLLABORATION (AFDSRC)

The Australian Family and Disability Studies Research Collaboration is part of the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney.

The AFDSRC Team is made up of a number of professionals from a range of disciplines - occupational therapy, psychology, sociology, social work, public health - all of whom are committed to identifying, promoting and addressing the issues faced by individuals with a disability and families where a parent or child has a disability.

Our broad aim is to actively promote the full participation of individuals and families in the life of their respective communities.

To this end:

  • We identify and analyse the social factors that restrict or preclude participation of children, young people and adults with a disability including disabled parents, their children and young people with mental illness in their communities. This is fundamental to understanding the impact of the discrimination and disadvantage faced by disabled people.
  • We engage as researchers in understanding the shared experience of family and disability including mental illness, seeking to identify those influences on living with disability or mental illness in Australian society and in collaboration with our international colleagues in other countries.
  • We promote practices at macro and micro-levels, that support the full unconstrained participation of children, young people and adults with a disability including disabled parents, their children and young people with mental illness.
  • We identify the support and service needs of children, young people and adults with a disability including disabled parents, their children and young people with mental illness over the life course and identify, or if need be, 'invent' effective approaches to promoting health and wellbeing for all.

You can find comprehensive outlines of every publication the AFDSRC has produced under Publications or look for area specific resources in the relevant section of the website. If you would like to know more about how to effectively work with and support families where a member has a disability, visit our "In Practice" link in an individual section.

You will see that the AFDSRC has specialist knowledge in the areas of:

  • Health and Wellbeing Indicators for Children and Youth with Disabilities
  • Young Adults with Disabilities
  • Families where:
    - A young adult has a mental illness
    - A child has a disability
    - A parent has an intellectual disability

Whether you are a professional in the field, a parent with a disability, or someone interested in learning more about families and disability, we trust you will find this site informative. We welcome any feedback you may have as to how it has been helpful and how it may be of even more use to you, personally and professionally.

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