Community Living Policy Innovations in the United States & Australia 15/03/2016

“Community Living Policy Innovations in the United States & Australia”


Professor Michael Waterstone, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, Fulbright Fellow, Visiting Professor, CDLP

Professor Kelley Johnson, Centre for Social Policy, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, Visiting Professor, CDLP
Hosted by the Centre for Disability Law & Policy (CDLP), NUI Galway.
Date: Tuesday March 15, 2016

This should be of interest to anyone wishing to learn more about the new US Federal Agency for Community Living (which combines Federal monies to assist States to transition from institutions into community living arrangements for both older people and people with disabilities) and the new National Disability Insurance Scheme in Australia (NDIS) which seeks to personalise services to make community living a reality for persons with disabilities.

Professor Michael Waterston is a nationally recognized expert in disability and civil rights law. His recent articles have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, Emory Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Vanderbilt Law Review, William and Mary Law Review, and Northwestern Law Review, amongst others.  He is also a co-author of a casebook on Disability Law.

After law school, Michael Waterstone clerked for the Honorable Richard S. Arnold on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, then worked as an associate in the Los Angeles law firm of Munger, Tolles, & Olson for three years. From 2003-2006, Professor Waterstone taught at the University of Mississippi Law School. He joined Loyola’s faculty in the fall of 2006.  From 2009–2014 he served as Loyola’s Associate Dean for Research and Academic Centers.  In academic year 2014-2015, he was a visiting professor at Northwestern University School of Law, where the students selected him as the Outstanding First Year Professor.

Domestically, Professor Waterstone has consulted on projects for the National Council on Disability and testified before the United States Senate on issues related to voters with disabilities and older voters.  Internationally, he has worked with foreign governments, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions on disability rights laws in Israel, Japan, China, Bangladesh, Ireland, and Vietnam, amongst others. He is an associated colleague with the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, and in 2012, received a grant from the Japan Foundation to work on shared understandings of US and Japanese Disability Law.  He frequently speaks with various media outlets on disability, civil rights, and employment law issues.

Professor Waterstone was elected to the American Law Institute in 2012.  He is also on the American Association of Law Schools Task Force on Professional Development, and is former president of the sections on Disability Law and Law & Mental Disability.  Professor Waterstone was a member of the California State Bar’s Commission on Access and Fairness and a former Commissioner on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Physical and Mental Disability.

Professor Kelley Johnson is currently Professor of Disability and Policy at the Social Policy Research centre UNSW Australia. Prior to holding this position she was Director of the Norah Fry Research Centre, University of Bristol, UK.  She has researched with people with disabilities for twenty years both in Australia and internationally. She was a Marie Curie Fellow at Trinity College Dublin from 2006-7 where she worked with people with intellectual disability and services to develop inclusive research where people with intellectual disability are researchers on issues affecting their lives.  Kelley has had a continuing interest in deinstitutionalisation,  the  barriers and facilitators to people with disabilities living good lives in the community,  sexuality and relationships  and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability. Her most  recent published book is Johnson, K Walmsley, J and Wolfe, M. (2010)  People with Intellectual Disabilities: Towards a Good Life?  (Bristol: Policy Press). Her current research interests include  the implementation of the UN Convention,  the issue of belonging  in the lives of people with intellectual disability and  supported decision making. Kelley is in Ireland for two months as a visiting professor at NUI Galway, Centre for Disability Law and Policy.

Her talk will focus on the changes that have occurred for people with disabilities through the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Plan.


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