Lecture: Empowering people with disabilities without exploiting their support workers

In this lecture Professor Tom Shakespeare – a leading disability expert in the UK and Europe – talks about how new models of social care can facilitate greater flexibility and freedom and empower people with disability, while also present new risks to workers, as support work becomes increasingly insecure. Professor Shakespeare’s research is of particular relevance to Australia; because of the introduction to the NDIS, the disability workforce is one of the fastest growing sectors in Australia, and is becoming increasingly casualised. With individualised funding packages, people with disability now have choice and control over the services and supports they receive, so how do they work together and what are the practical, ethical and personal considerations in this unique working relationship?

Featuring comments from disability advocate Dr George Teleporos (Summer Foundation) and Professor David Hayward (VCOSS-RMIT Future Social Service Institute).

Professor Tom Shakespeare was hosted by the Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health and the Melbourne Disability Institute.

Related info: www.credh.org.au https://disability.unimelb.edu.au