(Image: A/Prof Laurianne Sitbon (QUT Centre for Robotics and QUT Centre for Justice), Professor Melissa Bull (QUT Centre for Justice) and A/Prof Janice Rieger (QUT Centre for Robotics and QUT Centre for Justice)
QUT Centre for Justice and QUT Centre for Robotics recently hosted a Disability and Inclusion Symposium – Bringing together People and Technology through Creative Methods.
This symposium brought together researchers across QUT Centre for Justice and QUT Centre for Robotics, with people and organisations, to support Australia’s Disability Strategy (2021-2031). Bringing together industry, community partners, researchers and government voices, the symposium discussed what the barriers and opportunities are for supporting inclusion across diverse sectors.
The day began with a Keynote Address from A/Professor Kathleen Sitter (pictured) visiting from University of Calgary where she is the Canadian Research Chair for Multisensory Research and Knowledge Translation. Kathleen has worked with a variety of adults and youth in the areas of disability, mental health, human rights, and health care. She currently leads the Multisensory Studio, a lab that focuses on creating blended sensory and arts-based methods in research design and knowledge translation.
An address by Associate Professor & Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow Dr Janice Rieger followed on the topic of Dialoguing while Wandering and Embodied Mappings (EM), and Associate Professor & Australian Research Council Future Fellow Dr Laurianne Sitbon on Prototyping Technology for Self-Expression though Co-design.
PhD, MPhil students and Post Docs (pictured) across QUT Centre for Justice and QUT Centre for Robotics then presented short lightening talks about their current research in inclusion, disability studies and co-design.
A panel discussion bringing together researchers from the QUT Centre for Justice and QUT Centre for Robotics across all five Faculties (CIESJ, Health, Science, Engineering and Business and Law) showcased the inclusive work we are doing and how we are bridging HASS and STEMM disciplines to co-create inclusion across diverse sectors.
Finally a workshop brought together industry, community partners, researchers, and government to discuss what the barriers and opportunities are for supporting inclusion at a local, state and national level, and across different industries to begin to deliver on Australia’s Disability Strategy (2021-2031).