For much of the 20th century ‘old people’ and ‘disabled people’ were dealt with as distinct and separate groups of ‘dependent people’ by UK Government departments and welfare agencies. Signs of change are now plentiful in today’s demographic, socio-economic and political climate. Current thinking about the overlapping interests between older and disabled people has drawn attention to common needs for dignified supported living arrangements as well as human rights that transcend age boundaries. These overlaps will expand as groups within the disabled community (with physical, sensory and intellectual impairment) survive into their 60s and beyond on the one hand; and as increasing proportions of healthy adults become chronically ill as ‘deep old age’ approaches on the other.
Facilitated by some of the key thinkers, policy-makers and activists in this field, this seminar series aims to open up opportunities for original and innovative debate on key issues for policy and practice in the UK that will have wider resonance for the developed world. It will explore the opportunities, challenges and tensions involved in the formation of closer links between the ageing anti-discrimination and disability rights agendas. In doing so, the series provides space for dialogue and interdisciplinary debate designed to enhance more critical & innovative thinking on disability and ageing research; paying particular attention to other dimensions of social ‘difference’.
The seminar series complements and extends existing seminar series funded by ESRC on ageing and disability, by seeking to address some of the real issues and concerns of people ‘on the ground’.
Seminar 2: April 25th 2013 (postponed from September 2011)
Ageing and disability: ‘writing in’ gender and sexuality
The importance of gender and sexuality amongst older and disabled people is often overlooked by policy-makers and practitioners. This seminar will explore points of interconnection and difference.
The flyer for this Seminar can be downloaded by clicking here.
The programme will be made available soon.
Registration and Contact Details
If you would like to attend any of our seminars, or would like to attend virtually through Adobe Connect please fill out the Expression of Interest Form, a link to which you will find on the right of this page in the information box: "Attending the Seminars".
Completed forms should be sent to: A&D Seminar Series, Division of Health Research, Bowland Tower East, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YT, or by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Gill Betts or Sarah Edwards will also be happy to help with further enquiries and information on travel and accommodation via e-mail (email@example.com) or by telephone at: 01524 592127
To encourage the participation of postgraduate research students and unwaged, we have a limited number of small travel bursaries (to a maximum of £55.00 per person) within our budget for each seminar. To apply, applicants should indicate their desire to be considered for a bursary on their Expression of Interest form.
Please note: we may require confirmation of your status as a PGR student or unwaged.
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