Thursday, August 12, 2021
A huge congratulations to Paul Harpur (U. Queensland), who this week was awarded a four-year $1.1M Future Fellowship. His project is entitled Normalizing Ability Diversity through Career Transitions: Disability at Work.
The project, with Phd candidates funded, fellows, and a buyout of teaching, aims to investigate how the higher education sector can better support people with disabilities to transition from economic exclusion to work. Here's a description:
One in five Australians have a disability and of these 47.3% are not employed. This is a significant issue with regulatory failures and challenges often affecting rights to education and work being exercised on an equal basis. This project seeks to examine international legal norms, theories and strategic and operational practices in the higher education sector. Expected outcomes include advances in scholarship on ableism, informed policy reform, and transferable operational processes for the education and employment sectors, to improve the transition of people with disabilities to work.
Paul will be working on this project in close collaboration with the Harvard Law School Project on Disability and the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University.
Additionally, Paul recently published a TEDx speech Universities as Disability Champions of Change.