ASID Research to Practice

The official podcast of the Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability

The official podcast of the Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability (ASID). We bring you the latest in Australian and New Zealand research into improving the rights and quality of life for people with intellectual disability. Find out more about ASID at our website http://asid.asn.au/ or follow us on social media: Twitter @ASID_Ltd Facebook: @asid.asn.au .

#ASID2018 StoryBooth bonus ep - Stories of what self-advocates do


In the first of a series of three bonus episodes, we hear stories from self-advocates who attended the #ASID2018 Conference StoryBooth and about how recent research from our journals that relates to people’s real life experiences.


The first episode is about what self-advocates do with their time. We hear Alison talk about the Brisbane music scene, Alan talk about his job on the Parks Crew, and from Ian the cook and the Vice President Bernard.


Tell us about any research we missed using the hashtag #ASIDpod!


Here are the links to the articles we mention:



We also mention Jo Watson's work on people with unconventional communication. Listen to the podcast episode about Jo's research.


This episode was produced by Buffy Gorilla, Ben Pawson, Sophia Tipping and Hilary Johnson. Special thanks to the ASID board, the communications committee and all the self-advocates who spoke to us. Stay tuned for the next bonus episode on how self-advocates give back.


Look out for future episodes on our website www.asid.asn.au/ and tweet us at @ASID_Ltd or #ASIDpod


For more information about ASID: www.asid.asn.au/

To find out about the benefits of joining ASID: www.asid.asn.au/members/why_join_asid

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Did you miss out on the #ASID2018 Conference “Let’s Shake It Up - Human Rights for Everyone” at the Gold Coast?


Never fear! Episode three takes you to the Gold Coast in Queensland for an access all areas taster of the #ASID 2018 conference.


We pay our respects to the traditional families and lands of Yugambeh region of South East Queensland. Willie Prince, founding member of the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Disability Network of Queensland, welcomed us to country. Hear more about Willie’s story.


In this episode, we hear from all the keynotes including Queensland self-advocates Paul O’Dea, Donna Best and Alex Baker; international keynote speakers Professor Andrew Jahoda, Professor Chris Hatton, Associate Professor Ann Fudge Schormans and Doctor Brigit Mirfin-Veitch; and Australian academics Professor Monica Cuskelly and Dr Kathy Ellem.


We also did lots of running around getting vox pops on highlights from the wider program from delegates, including self-advocates.


Find out more about the keynotes and presentation on the #ASID2018 conference website and stay tuned for #ASID2019 in Adelaide.


We also have an exciting bonus episode due in early 2019 where you will hear the outcome of the popular conference Storytelling Booth. There will be heaps of stories from self-advocates who attended. Don’t miss it!


This episode was produced by Ben Pawson, Buffy Gorrilla, Sophia Tipping & Associate Professor Hilary Johnson with thanks to the Living with Disability Research Centre.


Thank you to the all key notes who kindly gave up their time for the podcast, thank you to all the delegates, self-advocates and exhibitors who also shared their thoughts - especially ASID president Laura Hogan, Alison Maclean, Jim Simpson, Jack Kelly, Sonya Hume, Namira Williams, Rae West, Susan Holrian, Brent Hayward, Susan Harbottle, Sally Robinson along with many other vox poppers who we didn’t have time to include! Also, thank you to Dean from takebetterphotos.com.au for the images used in on social media and header photo.


Look out for future episodes on our website www.asid.asn.au/ and tweet us at @ASID_Ltd

For more information about ASID: www.asid.asn.au/

To find out about the benefits of joining ASID: www.asid.asn.au/members/why_join_asid

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In this bonus episode on voting rights, self-advocates talk about barriers to accessing information needed to make decisions about who to vote for - like Susan from Reinforce & Positive Powerful Parents Self-Advocacy Group who said that “Them not speaking in so much jargon, and them doing what they promised” would help.


This echoed what came out of a recent research project by the Living with Disability Research Centre. That we talked about in Episode two.


Now we hear form Nathan Despott from Inclusion Melbourne about a strategy that is trying to address this barrier: the ICanVote.org.au initiative.


You will hear directly from 22 self-advocates from seven groups and organisations including VALID, NSWCID, Reinforce, New Horizons, and New Wave (again, with thanks to SARU for linking us all up). They tell us why politicians should listen and what political issues are important to them!


We also hear from five politicians running for re-election in the 2018 November Victorian State Election: Fiona Patten State MP and Leader of the Reason Party; Danielle Green, State Labor member for Yan Yean; David Southwick, Liberal member for Caulfield; Suzanna Sheed, the Independent State Member for Shepparton District; and Gabrielle Williams, State Member for Dandenong, Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers.


Plus more from Sophia Tipping from the Living with Disability Research Centre and find out what that elusive fifth recommendation of the Strategies to Support People with Intellectual Disability to vote project was.



This episode was produced by Sophia Tipping, Buffy Gorrilla & Associate Professor Hilary Johnson with thanks to the Living with Disability Research Centre. Ben Pawson and Aine Healy provided marketing support for this episode.


Thank you to Fiona McKenzie, David Briggs and Lisa Clarke from NSWCID; Shona Brown, Gary, Peter Macdonald and Wendy Martchrinke from Having A Say; Russell, Edward and Alby Wilson at New Horizons; Rachael Walters, Mary-Anne Huggins, David Walker, Graham Binding, Heather Hoogzaad, Kathryn Bartlett and Charity Sims-Jenkins from New Wave; Colin Hiscoe, Amanda Millear, Susan Arthur, Heather Smith, Norris and Chris Lowe from Reinforce; Luke Nelson, Samson and Anthony Risoli at Valid; and Dean Dodson from SARU. A big thank you to the five state MPs who contributed: Fiona Patten; Danielle Green; David Southwick; Suzanna Sheed; and Gabrielle Williams.


Tweet the researchers at @sophia_tee and @LIDSLaTrobe and follow Inclusion Melbourne on twitter or facebook.


Look out for future episodes on our website www.asid.asn.au/ and tweet us at @ASID_Ltd

For more information about ASID: www.asid.asn.au/

To find out about the benefits of joining ASID: www.asid.asn.au/members/why_join_asid

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Do people with intellectual disability vote? What stops them from exercising their democratic right? What supports people with intellectual disability to participate in elections?


In Episode two Sophia Tipping from the Living with Disability Research Centre tells us about a collaborative, action research project on strategies to support people with intellectual disability to vote. Tweet the researchers at @sophia_tee and @LIDSLaTrobe !


Debra Taylor and Simone Stevens from the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) tell us about some strategies being implemented for an Australian election in November 2018.


We also hear from 22 self-advocates from seven groups and organisations including VALID, NSWCID, Reinforce, New Horizons, and New Wave - with thanks to SARU for linking us all up.


The VEC has some excellent voting resources available including:


  • Download the Voter Voice App on Google Play or iTunes - It’s a free app to support people to communicate their details at the voting centre, to learn about voting, to find a voting centre, and to check their enrolment.




Look out for out upcoming bonus episode! We hear about the I Can Vote initiative from Inclusion Melbourne’s Nathan Despott.


This episode was produced by Sophia Tipping, Buffy Gorrilla & Associate Professor Hilary Johnson with thanks to the Living with Disability Research Centre. Ben Pawson and Aine Healy provided marketing support for this episode.


Thank you to Fiona McKenzie, David Briggs and Lisa Clarke from NSWCID; Shona Brown, Gary, Peter Macdonald and Wendy Martchrinke from Having A Say; Russell, Edward and Alby Wilson at New Horizons; Rachael Walters, Mary-Anne Huggins, David Walker, Graham Binding, Heather Hoogzaad, Kathryn Bartlett and Charity Sims-Jenkins from New Wave; Colin Hiscoe, Amanda Millear, Susan Arthur, Heather Smith, Norrie Blythman and Chris Lowe from Reinforce; Luke Nelson, Samson Hailu and Anthony Risoli at Valid; and Dean Dodson from SARU.


Look out for future episodes on our website www.asid.asn.au/ and tweet us at @ASID_Ltd

For more information about ASID: www.asid.asn.au/

To find out about the benefits of joining ASID: www.asid.asn.au/members/why_join_asid

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Season two of the Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability's "Research to Practice" podcast is finally here!

In Episode one, we are hearing from Dr. Jo Watson who will tell us about her research in to Supported Decision Making for People who communicate n unconventional ways or have severe or profound intellectual disabilities. We will also hear from Gloria and Michael who live Supported Decision Making everyday.

Dr. Jo is a lecturer in Deakin University's Disability And Inclusion. You can find out more about Dr. Jo research in her recent IDA Magazine article, her PhD thesis, her recent paper on supporter attitudes and in her Ted Talk. You can also tweet her @JoWat

Produced by Sophia Tipping, Buffy Gorrilla & Hilary Johnson with thanks to the Living with Disability Research Centre.


Look out for future episodes on our website www.asid.asn.au/ and tweet us at @ASID_Ltd

For more information about ASID: www.asid.asn.au/

To find out about the benefits of joining ASID: www.asid.asn.au/members/why_join_asid

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