Dr Margaret Spencer: Complex Needs - Parents with Intellectual Disability
Updated: May 26
Family Law Pathways Networks presents:
Dr Margaret Spencer
Parents with Intellectual Disability
Wednesday 24 June 2020 1:00 - 2:30 pm AEST
The Family Law Pathways Networks across Australia invite you to join a free webinar by leading expert Dr Margaret Spencer, discussing parents with intellectual disabilities.
Are we asking the wrong questions?
In this webinar, Margaret Spencer will argue that assessing the best interest of a child, based on the current reliance on assessment of parenting capacity is a ﬂawed process. She will look speciﬁcally at this in relation to families where one or both parents have disabilities. Relying on the UNCRPD and contemporary disability research, policy and practice, Margaret will propose from a rights perspective that we should be focusing on the concept of parenting support. In other words, instead of asking “Is this parent capable of parenting?", we should be asking “How can the parenting of this child be supported?”. Re-orientating the focus on to support is not only in keeping with securing reproductive justice but also rightly acknowledges parenting as a shared responsibility.
Registered participants will be emailed a link for the webinar within 24 hours of the scheduled start time, the recording will be available for a period of time following the live stream.
Dr Margaret Spencer is a lecturer and the Director of Field Education in the Social Work Program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney. She holds qualiﬁcations in nursing, theology and social work. Margarethas more than 30 years of experience as an advocate for parents with intellectual disability and their children and is highly recognised for her knowledge and contribution to these families nationally and internationally. Her doctorate and ongoing research focus is on the intersectionality of women, disability, and reproductive justice.
She is currently the executive secretary on the International Association for the Scientiﬁc Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities’ Special Interest Research Group (Parenting with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities). Prior to taking up her current academic position in 2014,Margaretcreated and coordinated a specialist advocacy program for parents with intellectual disability involved in care and protection matters. In 2009, she was appointed a judicial oﬃcer (general member) in the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Adult Guardianship Division) and remains a serving member. Margaretis also currently a serving member on the Board of the Intellectual Disability Rights Service and a member of the NSW Council for Intellectual Disabilities.