EVENT: Personalisation and the New Landscape of Disability Care and Support: Possibilities for Social Inclusion and Belonging – SPRC (UNSW)

Sydney, Tuesday 14 February 2017

The seminar will present a critique of personalisation, the dominant discourse in social care and support in post-welfare states, including the UK and Australia. As many state sites of collective care are closed, and those that remain open are restricted to those with higher needs, many people with learning disabilities, along with their families and carers, are taking on responsibility for assembling, managing, and using a personal budget to pay for, their package of care. The new landscape of care and support is emerging is a mix of state, private and voluntary sector providers in a marketplace of services; new sites of specialist and mainstream care and support; and new sets of relationships. For many with learning disabilities, this has been a positive experience, with new choices and opportunities for activities, independent living and social inclusion. For others, the responsibility of devising a care plan and managing a budget, in an uncertain context of provision, has been challenging and isolating.

The seminar will consider how ongoing austerity is putting pressure on personalisation, with eligibility for funding tightened, the value of personal budgets reduced, and state and private providers facing financial difficulties.

Guest speaker: Dr Ed Hall, University of Dundee, UK

Ed Hall is a social geographer whose research with people with learning disability has spanned local area coordination, community belonging, and most recently, community safety. This seminar is presented as part of a visiting fellowship for the Australian Research Council project Relationships and Recognition between young people with disability and their paid support workers.


Date: Tue 14 February 2017
Time: 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Location: Lecture Theatre 2, Central Lecture Block, UNSW Kensington Campus

SOURCE:  University of New South Wales. “Personalisation and the New Landscape of Disability Care and Support: Possibilities for Social Inclusion and Belonging.” SPRC Social Policy Lecture Series [UNSW Social Policy Research Centre e-mail notification received 7 February 2017]

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