[csaa-forum] Disability, Design, Universities - with Jos Boys/16 Oct, 10am-1pm, USYD

Gerard Goggin gerard.goggin at sydney.edu.au
Mon Sep 28 13:53:50 ACST 2015

‘Designing Universities for Everyone - by Doing Disability Differently’
a workshop on disability, design & university spaces
featuring Jos Boys
& discussion with Ron McCallum, Rosemary Kayess, Catherine Bridge & Wayne Hawkins
Friday 16 Oct, 10am-1pm, University of Sydney
All welcome, registration at: http://bit.ly/1LWonDI
Venue: Seminar Room (S226), Dept of Media & Communications, John Woolley Building (A20) level 2 (entry off Manning Road), University of Sydney, Darlington Campus
Enquiries: Gerard Goggin - gerard.goggin at sydney.edu.au<mailto:gerard.goggin at sydney.edu.au>

10.00-11.15am: Jos Boys on doing disability differently & the challenges for university spaces
Jos’s talk examines how we might think about more critically and creatively about relationships between disability, architecture and material space. Within the built environment professions, disability remains mainly a problem of guidance and compliance - placing it outside ‘normal’ design practices and at the end of the design process. By engaging with disability studies and developing innovative events between disabled arts and architects, Jos and her collaborators has been co-creating ways of exposing the ableist assumptions and attitudes that underpin the design of built space; and exploring new ways to make it more inclusive, by ‘doing disability differently’.
Here, Jos will focus on the spaces of the university, to explore how disability (and ability) is mapped and reproduced in particular forms rather than others, and how this might be challenged. morning tea
11.30am-1.00pm:panel discussion on key issues & opportunities in disability, design, and universities:Ron McCallum, Rosemary Kayess, Catherine Bridge & Wayne Hawkins

About the participants:
Jos Boys has a background in architecture, and has worked in feminist and community-based design practices, as well as a researcher, teacher and journalist. Most recently she has worked on a number of disability-related projects, particularly with disabled artists, with the aim of enabling a more creative and radical engagement with built environment professionals. She is particularly interested in how work in both disability studies and creative activism is challenging ahistorical and atheoretical attitudes to disability which remain common within architecture and connected disciplines.
Jos is author of Doing Disability Differently: an alternative handbook on architecture, dis/ability and designing for everyday life <https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415824958> (Routledge 2014) and is currently editing Dis/Arch: a Disability and Architecture Reader which aims to bring together the best writing on built space from disability studies with innovative ideas about inclusive design, so as to create an important new resource for built environment students, educators and design professionals. She is also beginning new research on what might be called Sites of Normalcy, investigating how built spaces come to be gendered, racialised and disabling.
Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum AO studied law at Monash University, graduating in 1972. In 1974 he completed a Master of Laws Degree under the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan at Queen’s University, Canada. It was at this point that Ron developed his interest and expertise in labour and employment law.  After teaching at Monash for eighteen years, he moved to Sydney in 1993 where he was appointed to a full professorship at the University of Sydney. Blind since his birth, this appointment made Ron the first totally blind person to be appointed to a full professorship at any Australian or New Zealand university. He served as Dean of the University of Sydney Law School between 2002 and 2007. In January 2011, on his retirement, the Senate of the University of Sydney awarded Ron the title of Emeritus Professor. His expertise in labour law and occupational health and safety saw him appointed as chair or member of various federal and state inquiries.  The most recent was the 2012 inquiry into the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).  Professor McCallum was nominated by the Australian government to stand as an independent expert for the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities when that Committee was first established in 2008. The primary function of the Committee is to monitor the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  Ron served as inaugural member, then Chair of this Committee and then as a Vice-Chair until the conclusion of his mandate on 31 December 2014.  He also served as the Chair of the UN Committee of the Chairs of all of the UN Treaty Bodies in 2011-2012. On 21 August 2013, Professor McCallum was sworn in as a part time member of the Australian Administrative Appeals Tribunal, in both its General Division and in its NDIS Division.
Rosemary Kayess A human rights lawyer, Rosemary currently teaches in the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales. Convening international law and human rights subjects, focusing on the equality provisions within international instruments and their translation into domestic law and policy. She is also a Senior Research Fellow with Social Policy Research Centre UNSW and has extensive research experience working and advising on a variety of social research projects including access to justice, social inclusion, human rights and disability, including work on the implementation of CRPD in Australia, Asia/Pacific and Europe. Rosemary was an external expert on the Australian Government delegation to the United Nations negotiations for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. During the ad hoc Committee she facilitated the negotiations on Article 24 Education. She is currently a member of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Disability Inclusive Development Reference Group and Chairperson of the Australian Centre for Disability Law. More details at: http://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/profiles/ron.mccallum.php
Catherine Bridge Associate Professor Bridge enjoys a significant national and international reputation in the area of enabling environments, as evidenced by her invited participation in International Design Awards as a judge. She maintains an ongoing presence at eminent forums such as the Commonwealth Governments Building for the Future Consumer information committee; the National and State based Home and Community Care planning; and the NSW Premier’s Roundtables on Ageing. In 2006, Catherine’s ‘Home Modification Information Clearinghouse Project’ was nominated for the NSW Premiers Public Service Award. Her housing research portfolio includes: research on housing and care; housing and health; older people and sustainability; accessibility of the built environment and extensive research on home modification interventions. Catherine was awarded a plaque by the Sri Lankan Urban Development Authority for her input regarding the creation of a non-handicapping environment in the National rebuilding initiatives undertaken following the Tsunami of Further details at: https://www.be.unsw.edu.au/profile/catherine_bridge#sthash.RgZ02bBk.dpuf
Wayne Hawkins is Disability Policy Advisor with the Australian Communications Consumer Action network (ACCAN). Wayne has led ACCAN’s work on telecommunications access for consumers with disability, telecommunications affordability and emergency services.  Prior to joining ACCAN Wayne was National Policy officer with Blind Citizens Australia. Wayne is a doctoral candidate at Sydney University researching Australian telecommunications and disability policies.
About the Workshop:This workshop is organized by Gerard Goggin and Wayne Hawkins, and hosted by the Department of Media and Communications, University of Sydney. For more information, contact Gerard Goggin: gerard.goggin at sydney.edu.au<mailto:gerard.goggin at sydney.edu.au>
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