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Conference on social inclusion

How to envision social inclusion with regard to people with profound intellectual and/or multiple disabilities?

Social inclusion has been a core policy goal for the emancipation of people with disabilities since the early sixties. With the Dutch ratification of the UN Convention in 2016 it gained further prominence on the political agenda. However, it is unclear what social inclusion should entail for people with profound intellectual and/or multiple disabilities, who often live in sheltered living institutions. To what extent does the concept of social inclusion resonate with their complex daily (care) needs? And how can we know how they experience and value social inclusion themselves? 

The speakers on this conference will discuss how we can think about social inclusion with regard to the marginalized group of people with profound intellectual and/or multiple disabilities and will help us to verbalize social inclusion to better think, talk and practice social inclusion in research and practices of good care for people with profound intellectual and/or multiple disabilities. 

Speakers & powerpoints presentations

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Prof. Dr. Christine Bigby (professor at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia) has an international reputation for her research on the social inclusion of people with an intellectual disability. Her talk will consider how we we can use the lens of convivial encounters to think about social inclusion with regard to people with profound intellectual and/or multiple disabilities.

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Dr. Stacy Clifford Simplican (senior lecturer at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA) is renowned for her critical reflections on the concepts of social inclusion and participation, in particular in relation to people with severe intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviour. She will draw on non-liberal theories of freedom to probe dominant conceptualizations of social inclusion and reflect on the uses of inclusion research for people with intellectual disabilities themselves. 

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These lectures will be co-refereed by:
Dr. Alice Schippers, executive director Disability Studies the Netherlands, vice president IASSIDD, senior researcher VUmc in Amsterdam. 

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Prof. dr. Evelien Tonkens, Professor of Citizenship and Humanisation of the Public Sector at the University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht.

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Programme Friday May 17th 

University of Humanistic Studies
13.00 – 13.30 Registration/coffee/ tea

13.30 – 13.45 Welcome

13.45 – 14.30 Keynote 1| Prof. Dr. Christine Bigby
14.30 – 14.45 Discussant| Dr. Alice Schippers

14.45 – 15.15 Coffee/ tea

15.15 – 16.00 Keynote 2|Dr. Stacy Clifford Simplican

16.00 - 16.15  Discussant|Prof. dr. Evelien Tonkens
16.15 – 16.45  Discussion|Prof. dr. Margo Trappenburg

16.45 – 17.00 Closing off and looking ahead


This symposium is organised by prof. dr. Evelien Tonkens, prof. dr. Margo Trappenburg, prof. dr. Frans Vosman, dr. Femmianne Bredewold, Simon van der Weele Ma, and Yente Eekhof of the University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht.

Contactpersoon Yente Eekhof
Locatie Room 1.40, University of Humanistic Studies, Kromme Nieuwegracht 29, Utrecht
Datum 17-5-2019
Openingstijden 13.00 - 17.00 hrs
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