Sexuality and intellectual disability: a masterclass

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THIS EVENT IS AT CAPACITY, BOOKINGS HAVE BEEN CLOSED

Please contact monica.wellington@deakin.edu.au if you would like to be included on the waiting list, or to be the first to hear about future events on sexuality and disability at Deakin.




Join the School of Health and Social Development for a masterclass to promote understanding of sexuality and relationships in the lives of people with intellectual disability.
The masterclass will showcase applied research and learning from leaders in the field alongside examples of best practice in service provision and support. On his first visit to Australia, keynote speaker Dr Michael Gill from Syracuse University, New York will speak about his book ‘Already Doing It: Intellectual disability and sexual agency’. Additional presentations will address topics including sexual abuse, sexual and gender diversity and working with indigenous populations.




Presentations and Speakers:

Intellectual Disability, Reproductive Justice, and Sexual Ableism: Challenging assumptions about the appropriateness to be sexual

  • Dr Michael Gill. PhD, Associate Professor of Disability Studies, Syracuse University, New York.

Why is the sexuality of people with intellectual disabilities often deemed “risky” or “inappropriate?" Should sexual citizenship depend on medicalized assumptions of "intellect?" Confronting such questions head-on, Dr Gill exposes the “sexual ableism” that denies the reality of individuals who, despite the restrictions they face, actively make decisions about their sexual lives. This talk considers the desire of disabled people to be sexual and as a legitimate expression, outside of discriminatory assessments of cognitive or behavioural appropriateness.

Michael Gill PhD is an associate professor of disability studies in the department of Cultural Foundations of Education and an affiliated faculty member with Women’s and Gender Studies at Syracuse University, USA. He was previously at the University of Connecticut in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program and taught in the department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Grinnell College. Dr Gill is the author of the book Already Doing It: Intellectual Disability and Sexual Agency (University of Minnesota Press 2015). He also co-edited Disability, Human Rights, and the Limits of Humanitarianism (Ashgate 2014). We are pleased to welcome Dr Gill on his first visit to Australia.



“Mean as!”: Creating a space for the transformative possibilities of Pūrākau (story-telling) as an Indigenous / Emic methodologoical bricoleur

  • Paul Milner, Senior Researcher, Donald Beasley Institute, Dunedin New Zealand.


“One size does not fit all”: understanding and responding to sexual assault and violence in the lives of people with an intellectual disability.

  • Dr Patsie Frawley, Associate Professor of Disability & Inclusion, & Linda Stokoe, Deakin University


Diverse sexual and gender identities

  • Dr Amie O’Shea, Research Fellow, Sarina Rakidzic & Rhys Nagas Deakin University


Applied Learning: Supporting sexuality for people with intellectual disability

  • Nathan Despott, Manager Policy & Projects, & Cam Bloomfield, Inclusion Melbourne

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