Friday, 26 February 2016

'No research on disabled people should happen without the input of disabled people ...'

Very timely feedback from a recent Melbourne conference:
... A resounding theme of the conference is the need to include disabled people in research and debates. “This is the 21st century. No research on disabled people should happen without the input of disabled people,” says Katharine Annear, Chair of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network ...

Connecting the needs of people with disabilities with university-led research is central to improving their access and participation in the community.

The 2016 Disability, Human Rights and Social Equity Conference, hosted by the Melbourne Social Equity Institute, tackled these issues in a two-day conference at the University of Melbourne.

The February 4-5 conference set out to encourage researchers from a range of disciplines to include people with disabilities and disabled persons organisations in developing research which focuses on human rights, participation in community life, access to mainstream activities and services, and broader systems change ...

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