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A better life for people with disabilities in Australia and around the world

Our centre aims to change the disadvantage that occurs for people with disabilities. We do this through addressing their social and economic participation in society, and their health and wellbeing. By focusing on data that demonstrates disadvantage, we can develop models of policy and practice to better enable support and opportunity for people with disabilities.


Better understanding the workplace experiences of those who develop a physical disability in mid-career

There is considerable scope for improvement in the employment outcomes of people with disability in Australia - rates of employment here well behind other OECD countries. Keeping people at work after the onset of disability is just as important as finding new opportunities in the first place if this situation is to be improved.

This research, being conducted by Mr Paul Williamson and Associate Professor Jennifer Smith-Merry, will examine the workplace experiences of those who develop a physical disability in the mid-stage of their career. With the right supports and workplace accommodations, people have the opportunity to be able to stay at work and this research will seek to identify what is working and where there might be gaps. Paul has a deep understanding of the issue, living with a physical disability himself.

Speaking to the people most affected - those who have been able to continue working, and those who have not - provides essential first hand perspectives on the issues facing people with disability at work. These first hand perspectives must be better incorporated into the narrative if real change is to be achieved - change that will see more people with disability do what many take for granted.

Paul Williamson

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Video: Paul Williamson explains his work at the Centre for Disability Research and Policy and encourages you to take part in their survey

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International Women's Day 2018

International Women’s Day was celebrated around the world on March 8th.

The theme for International Women’s Day 2018 is “Leave no woman behind”, examining the vital role that women play in humanitarian and disaster planning and response.

Why are women and children 14 times more likely to die or be injured in the wake of a natural disaster? Following the Boxing Day tsunami, a simple lesson shook us all: many girls didn’t know how to climb trees. Boys did. Climbing to safety, more boys survived than did girls. This is only one example of how gendered roles and action can mean the difference between life and death. There are many more.

Women’s knowledge and expertise as leaders, planning for and responding to disasters and conflict can help protect and empower women and girls so that they can survive and thrive.

Find out more about #IWD2018 at: International-Womens-Day-2018


You can also find out about the inclusive disaster risk reduction projects we are undertaking by checking out our project webpages:

Disability Inclusive Disaster Preparedness in NSW

PREPARE NSW

Leave No Woman Behind

{Image description} Photograph of a woman in the pacific stood in front of a house damaged by a natural disaster with the words “International Women’s Day 2018 – Leave No Woman Behind”

Disability Inclusive Disaster Preparedness in NSW: Enabling Local Community Resilience through Collaboration

The Centre for Disability, Research and Policy, together with the Natural Hazards Research Group were highly commended in the Business Category of the Resilient Australia Awards 2017 for the project ‘Disability Inclusive Disaster Preparedness in NSW: Enabling Local Community Resilience through Collaboration”

Taking a collaborative approach, this research project aimed to improve community resilience by including people with a disability in disaster planning and preparedness. The study delivered the evidence-based "Local Emergency Management Guidelines for Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction in NSW", which can be used by communities across the state. Additionally, the inclusive and collaborative model fostered relationship building; increased the knowledge base regarding disability inclusion; and promoted collaboration within communities.

Chief Investigators: Prof. Gwynnyth Llewellyn, Dr Michelle Villeneuve, Assoc. Prof. Dale Dominey-Howes
Project Manager: Hayley Brooks

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Business Category of the Resilient Australia Awards 2017

People with disabilities saving lives

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Quadriplegia, virtue theory, and flourishing: a qualitative study drawing on self-narratives

Quadriplegia, virtue theory, and flourishing: a qualitative study drawing on self-narratives
Shane Clifton, Gwynnyth Llewellyn & Tom Shakespeare
Pages 1-19 | Received 20 Dec 2016, Accepted 12 Sep 2017, Published online: 25 Sep 2017

Shane Clifton is an Honorary Associate, Centre for Disability Research and Policy, Faculty of Health Sciences.

This paper shares some of the results of the qualitative study “the good life and quadriplegia,” which collected the self-narratives of people that have lived with the disability over the medium to long term. It draws on those narratives to describe how people understood the good life in the context of the losses and hardship of their spinal-cord injury, and the virtues and attitudes that helped them to achieve it.


Disability Inclusive Disaster Preparedness in NSW: Enabling Local Community Resilience through Collaboration

The Disability Inclusive Disaster Preparedness in NSW project funded by the NSW Government under the Community Resilience Innovation Program has now completed. A great outcome of the project which brought together emergency managers and disability support providers in three NSW communities (Hawkesbury, Sutherland and Taree) are the Local Emergency Management Guidelines for Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction in NSW and an accompanying video.

Local Emergency Management Guidelines for Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction in NSW

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The guidelines are for local emergency managers and disability support providers to understand Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DIDRR) principles and suggest practical activities to engage the community in building resilience.


Video: Disability Inclusive Disaster Preparedness in NSW.

This video was made as part of the project to share key insights from multiple stakeholder perspectives about what was learned together during the project about disability inclusive disaster risk reduction.