Personhood, decision making and choice: Frameworks for upholding rights with people with disabilities

31 October 2017
9.00 am to 4.00 pm

Geelong Waterfront Campus

Gain new knowledge on the current disability landscape in this masterclass co-facilitated by Deakin.

Event details

What does it mean to be a PERSON with a disability in Australia? How can human rights be used to inform approaches to support? What does supported decision making mean and how can it be applied in supporting choice and control? How does the idea of ‘belonging’ change the way we see community inclusion?

In this Masterclass participants will explore these questions and engage with ideas of personhood, human rights and supported decision making. Frameworks for practice informed by these ideas will be presented and applied to two key life areas, health and sexuality.

Who should attend?  The landscape of the disability sector in Australia is changing. The idea of who ‘works in disability’ is also shifting. Professionals from a broad range of disciplines are now working in areas where a contemporary understanding of disability is needed to inform their work. This masterclass is designed for people new to disability policy and practice, and for those who want to update their knowledge and skills to align with the current rights informed environment.

Who is running the Masterclass? The masterclass will be co-facilitated by Deakin University researchers, Professor Susan Balandin, Chair of Disability and inclusion, Dr Patsie Frawley, Dr Joanne Watson, Hon Professor Kelley Johnson as well as Professor Gerard Quinn from the National University of Ireland. Presenters with lived experience of disability will co-facilitate the class.

Participants will take away new knowledge about disability in today’s world along with learning materials developed exclusively for this Masterclass.

People with Disabilities

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Key information

Date and time

9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Western Beach Room AD6.104
Geelong Waterfront Campus 
1 Gheringhap Street, Geelong
VIC 3220 Australia