Thursday, December 15, 2011

Disability Studies Association of Ireland Proposed

The NUI Galway Centre for Disability Law at Policy together with University College Dublin Centre for Disability Studies, Trinity College Dublin National Institute for Intellectual Disability and University of Ulster held an event celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on the 2nd of December 2011 in TCD.  Prestigious speakers such as Anna Lawson, Professor Patricia Noonan Walsh, Professor Gerard Quinn and Eithne Fitzgerald spoke at the event that was chaired by Martin Naughton.

From left to right: Patricia Bray, Dr Suzanne Guerin, Anna Lawson, Associate Prof Christine Linehan, Eithne Fitzgerald, Martin Naughton, Prof Patricia Noonan Walsh, Prof Gerard Quinn

Professor Quinn discussed the proposal of an inclusive and inter-disciplinary Disability Studies of Ireland and presented a memo that explores options for the establishment of this Disability Studies Association in Ireland or a similar body (North and South). The memo can be found here.

The founding partners (TCD NIID, UCD Centre for Disability Studies, the University of Ulster and NUI Galway Centre for Disability Law & Policy) will host a follow-through meeting of all institutions and individuals interested to be held in UCD on 12 March next. For further information contact or any of the four founding centres.