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Trevor Parmenter Lecture 2016

August 29, 2016, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


An evening with Tim Stainton with a recognition Award Ceremony


An annual event including a key note lecture, and award Ceremony. Two awards will be presented, one in recognition of Excellence in the disability field, and the other a Lifetime achievement in improving the life of people with disabilities.

Guest Lecture Topic:

‘Wish you weren’t here’: A review of the nature and ethics of the growing trend towards the elimination of persons with disabilities. Presented by Professor Tim Stainton

More information:

With the passage of the CRPD, new innovations in support such as the NDIA and increasing legal and public recognition of people with intellectual disability it would be easy to think we are living in a golden age and progress toward full and valued citizenship is inevitable. While much of the above may be true, there is a dark ‘undertow’ which is pulling ever more strongly in a more sinister direction. This lecture will explore the nature of this ‘undertow’, considering the implications of increasing selective termination of fetuses with disability related traits, the growth of neo-natal euthanasia and the rise of ever more permissive regimes of assisted suicide which place vulnerable persons at risk. We will examine the nature of these trends, the philosophical and ethical questions they pose and their implications for the future of persons with intellectual disabilities.

About the Speaker:

Tim Stainton is Professor at the School of Social Work and Director of the Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship, University of British Columbia. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics on disability rights and social policy.
He was a service broker with the Community Living Society in Vancouver from 1980-1985 were he assisted individuals and families to return to the community from Woodlands institution and was introduced to the ideas of brokerage, individualized funding and social networks which have been the core idea of his work ever since. He was Director of Policy and Programmes for Ontario Association for Community Living in the mid 1980s. He has consulted internationally and published widely on individualized funding, rights based social service structures, disability rights, history, ethics and theory.

He is active in the disability rights movement and is a board member of the Canadian Association for Community Living and Chair of the CACL Values and Ethics Task Force. He lives in Tsawwassen British Columbia and has four children, one of whom has an intellectual disability.

With special guest appearance by Karim’s Mojo Disco 


MFB Auditorium, Ground Floor 92-94 Parramatta Rd,  Camperdown, 2050


August 29, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Peta Hurst
02 9036 3600


The Auditorium, Ground Floor, Medical Foundation Building
92-94 Parramatta road
Camperdown, NSW 2050 Australia
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