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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.



Project Gets Underway: Disability Inclusive Disaster Preparedness in NSW

Enabling Local Community Resilience Through Collaboration

Flooding of Manning River at Taree (2011)

Flooding of Manning River at Taree (2011)

Natural disasters like floods and bushfires are common place in Australia, but what is not talked about are the experiences of people with disability during these emergencies. Recent research shows people with disability are at least twice as likely to die or be injured during a disaster – and in many cases purely due to a lack of planning.

The University of Sydney is partnering with the NSW State Office of Police and Emergency Services to put people with disability at the centre of disaster preparedness planning in New South Wales. The team is working with disaster-prone communities in Sutherland, Taree and the Hawkesbury to help community organisations, individuals and families better prepare for natural disasters to ensure people with disability aren’t left behind.

To read more about the project and participate click here.

Upcoming disaster preparedness workshops for people with disabilities, their families, carers and DPOs

Taree - Local Knowledge Workshop

DATE: Monday 9 May 2016
TIME: 9am - 3am
VENUE: Auditorium, Club Taree, 121 Wingham Road, Taree
REGISTER: CLICK HERE

Sutherland Shire - Local Knowledge Workshop

DATE: Friday 27 May 2016
TIME: 10am - 4am
VENUE: Stapleton Avenue Community Centre, 3A Stapleton Avenue, Sutherland
REGISTER: CLICK HERE


Latest news and publications

Latest Publications

Nash, R., Arciuli, J. (2016). Prosodic awareness is related to reading ability in children with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Research in Reading, 39(1), 72-87.

Nord, D., Stancliffe, R. J., Kelly Nye-Lengerman, K., & Hewitt, A. S. (2016). Employment in the community for people with and without autism: A comparative analysis. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 24(April), 11-16. doi: 10.1016/j.rasd.2015.12.013

Stancliffe, R. J., Wiese, M. Y., Read, S., Jeltes, G. & Clayton, J. M. (2016). Knowing, planning for and fearing death: Do adults with intellectual disability and disability staff differ? Research in Developmental Disabilities, 49-50, 47-59. doi: 10.1016/j.ridd.2015.11.016

Brotherton, M., Stancliffe, R. J., Wilson, N. J., & O’Loughlin, K. (2016). Supporting workers with intellectual disability in mainstream employment to transition to socially-inclusive retirement. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 41(1), 75-80. doi: 10.3109/13668250.2015.1078878

Emerson, E., Hatton, C., Baines, S., Robertson, J. (2016). The physical health of British adults with intellectual disability: Cross sectional study. International Journal for Equity in Health, 15(1)

Leonardi, M., Sykes, C., Madden, R., ten Napel, H., Hollenweger, J., Snyman, S., Madden, R., Kraus De Camargo, O., Raggi, A., Van Gool, C., et al (2016). Do we really need to open a classification box on personal factors in ICF? Disability and Rehabilitation, in press

Man, W., Wade, C., & Llewellyn, G. (in press). Prevalence of parents with intellectual disability in Australia. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability

Emerson, E., Krnjacki, L., Llewellyn, G., Vaughan, C., & Kavanagh, A. (in press). Perceptions of safety and exposure to violence in public places among working age adults with disabilities or long-term health conditions in the UK: Cross sectional study. Public Health

Makary, A., Testa, R., Tonge, B., Einfeld, S., Mohr, C., Gray, K. (2015). Association between adaptive behaviour and age in adults with Down syndrome without dementia: Examining the range and severity of adaptive behaviour problems. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 59(8), 689-702.

Rice, L., Einfeld, S. (2015). Cognitive and behavioural aspects of Prader-Willi syndrome. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 28(2), 102-106.

Salvador-Carulla, L., Symonds, S. (2016). Health services use and costs in people with intellectual disability: Building a context knowledge base for evidence-informed policy. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 29(2), 89-94.

Bertelli, M., Munir, K., Harris, J., Salvador-Carulla, L. (2016). “Intellectual developmental disorders”: reflections on the international consensus document for redefining “mental retardation-intellectual disability” in ICD-11. Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, 10(1), 36-58.

Warner, G., Packer, T., Villeneuve, M., Audulv, A., Versnel, J. (2015). A systematic review of the effectiveness of stroke self-management programs for improving function and participation outcomes: Self-management programs for stroke survivors. Disability and Rehabilitation, 37(23), 2141-2163.

Lamptey, D., Villeneuve M., Minnes, P., McColl, M. (2015). The Republic of Ghana’s Policy on Inclusive Education and How Disability is Defined. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 12(2), 108-111.

Harrison, R., Walton, M., Healy, J., Smith-Merry, J., Hobbs, C. (2016). Patient complaints about hospital services:applying a complaint taxonomy to analyse and respond to complaints. International Journal for Quality in Health Care , 1-6.

Mellifont, D., Smith-Merry, J., Scanlan, J. (2016). Pitching a Yerkes-Dodson Curve Ball?: A study exploring enhanced workplace performance for individuals with anxiety disorders. Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health: employee assistance practice and research, In press, accepted Nov 2015.

Kidd, E., Arciuli, J. (2016). Individual Differences in Statistical Learning Predict Children’s Comprehension of Syntax. Child Development, 87(1), 184-193.

Nash, R., Arciuli, J. (2016). Prosodic awareness is related to reading ability in children with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Research in Reading, 39(1), 72-87.

Senior Research Fellow and Associate of the CDRP Dr Qingsheng Zhou research has recently been published in the journal Disability and Rehabilitation: Accessing disability services by people from cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds in Australia (PDF).


To view the latest Advances in Mental Health journal issue which contains several articles by the CDRP team, CLICK HERE