Past Event I Belonging for people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities – Online book launch

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People with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities have a right to be included in society under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Yet, they remain one of the most hidden and excluded populations. This has become especially obvious during the COVID-19 crisis.

This webinar is a virtual book launch of a book about what belonging means for this group of people. The book showcases important developments in belonging - in education, in research and in communities. Contributing authors in this edited book will share the key messages from their chapters, as well as what they learned from being involved in the exciting journey of developing this much needed book.

There will be a discussion about how belonging can be enhanced for people with profound disabilities and about what it means to belong.

Presented by the UNSW Disability Innovation Institute and the Centre for Research in Inclusion, University of Southampton.

Speakers in this session will include:
Professor Jackie Leach Scully, Director Disability Innovation Institute, UNSW
Professor Iva Strnadová Academic Lead Research, Disability Innovation Institute, UNSW 
Professor Melanie Nind, Southampton Education School, University of Southampton, Director of Centre for Research in Inclusion
Dr Ben Simmons, Bath Spa University the United Kingdom 
Dr Melaneia Warwick, Loughborough University, the United Kingdom
Catherine De Haas, Social History of Learning Disabilities Group, the United Kingdom

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This livestream is now available on our digital content page. 

Audience QnA

The audience QnA will be conducted via YouTube ‘Live chat’. If you are on a web browser this is at the top right corner.

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This talk will be Auslan interpreted. Please select an Auslan interpreted ticket when you register. 

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