We are delighted to announce our seminars for this coming term. These include presentations from nationally renowned speakers. They offer you historical perspectives on disability service provision and more current technological interventions.
All the talks take place from 5-6pm in Room 3.20, Brooks Building, as follows:
Tuesday 1 November - Professor Duncan Mitchell: "A History of Institutions"
Professor Mitchell is a learning disability nurse who qualified in 1986. He worked in both management and practice posts in both community nursing and education. He teaches about issues related to disability, health and learning disabilities, research methodology and the history of nursing. His research interests are in the policy and history of learning disability services; health and learning disabilities; and participative research methodologies. His seminar will explore the history of institutions for those with disabilities. This Heritage Lottery funded project takes us back to consideration of some interesting challenges, positive and negative on our view of caring, protection and independence and self-determination.
Tuesday 15 November - Professor Jois Stansfield: "History of Stuttering Therapy"
Professor Stansfield is a speech and language therapist with academic and clinical experience working with a range of client groups, notably intellectual impairment and dysfluency. Her research interests include ethical issues in research and practice, communication in intellectual impairment, stuttering, student education, SLT service evaluation, and SLT history. Current projects include developing an accessible history of SLT for the UK professional body and developing dysphagia-training guidelines for new graduates. Her seminar will explore the history of stuttering interventions in the UK, highlighting progression and first principles intervention approaches.
Tuesday 29 November - Dr Yvonne Lynch: "Graphic Symbol Learning in Children Without Disabilities"
Dr Yvonne Lynch has recently completed her PhD at Trinity College, Dublin under the supervision of Associate Professor Martine Smith. Over her career, she has retained a practitioner-researcher focus leading a multi-disciplinary team of practitioners in the Central Remedial Clinic, Dublin. This resource supports the independence and achievement of people with significant physical disability, and specifically in Yvonne’s practice area, communication disability. Since 2016, she has been a Research Fellow on the Manchester Met led research programme: NIHR HS&DR: Project 14/70/153: Identifying appropriate symbol communication aids for children who are non-speaking: enhancing clinical decision making. Her seminar will explore a comparison of graphic symbol learning by children without disabilities across two direct AAC interventions, giving insights into our expectations of children who need to use AAC.
Tuesday 13 December - Dr Amanda Hynan: "Self Representation and Social Media"
Dr Amanda Hynan completed her PhD at Manchester Met in 2013 under the supervision of Professors Janice Murray & Juliet Goldbart. She worked part-time as a lecturer at Manchester Met before taking a full-time post as a Senior Lecturer with Leeds Beckett University. She is an active member of Communication Matters (currently a Trustee). Her research interests include the opportunities for self-expression, identity and self-determinism for those who have a significant communication disability. She has published on the use of social media for those who use AAC. Her seminar will explore self-representation considerations for people who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and social media, giving perspective on the use of such media to support communication and connectedness.
Places on all of these talks are limited, so please book your ticket to guarantee a place. For more information, please contact Janice Murray by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.