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CRUcial Conversation: A Brief History of Disability – why inclusion is elusive

March 6, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm


CRUcial Conversation: A Brief History of Disability – why inclusion is elusive

About the topic:

 Why are our efforts for inclusion so often met with resistance? Where do these ‘roadblocks’ come from? Are they actual or attitudinal?

Dr Bob Jackson will help us take a look at the history of the treatment of people with disability. He believes that many of the attitudes holding people back today are deeply and often unconsciously embedded in our collective psyche from the past.

Understanding our history and its cycle of rejection better equips us to understand what is required for people to be included in their communities today.

The material covered will be confronting but the information will help to make sense of what is happening and how to respond.

“Throughout history, people with physical and mental disabilities have been… and still continue to be segregated, institutionalised, tortured in the name of behaviour management, abused, raped, euthanized, and murdered. 

Now, for the first time, people with disabilities are taking their rightful place as fully contributing citizens.”

 Norman Kunc & Emma Van der Klift, A Credo of Support


About the Presenter:

photo of Dr bob JacksonDr Bob Jackson is the managing Director of Include (WA) and has been working in the field of human services and education since the 1970s. Previously, he has been Director of a Research Centre on Disability and was an Associate Professor of Special Education at Edith Cowan University.

In recent years Dr Jackson has focussed on consulting to government, private and public education systems, agencies and families.  Bob regularly presents workshops for families and educators across Australia.


 “If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.” 

Pearl Buck

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Who Should Attend:

This event is for anyone interested in understanding how the history of the treatment of people with disability continues to influence and impact attitudes in the community.

Learning Objectives:

Using Your NDIS Funding at CRU

For people who are self-managing or using a plan manager, it is possible to use NDIS funding at CRU. To help you work out if this event is a reasonable and necessary support that will help you (or your family member) achieve your goals, see the Learning Objectives below. For more information about using NDIS funding at CRU, see our website. As CRU is not a registered NDIS service provider at this stage, people who are Agency managed cannot use NDIS funding to pay fees for CRU events.

Participants in this event will:
• Understand how people with disability have been kept at the margins for thousands of years and therefore why change may be slow and difficult, needing high awareness.
• Reflect on the rejection and stereotypes that are deeply embedded in us all, often unconsciously.
• Recognise the key changes, movements and developments in the understanding and treatment of people with disabilities through history.

Cancellation Policy:

To view CRU’s cancellation policy please visit this link

Community Resource Unit Ltd.

CRU has a 30 year track record of working across Queensland to help people with a disability take control of their lives and take their place in their community

Contact CRU if you need assistance or are unable to register online, by calling (07) 3844 2211 or email us at


How to find the event venue: CRU Office 43 Peel Street, South Brisbane

CRU office is the building is on the corner of Peel and Merivale Streets (enter via Merivale Street). It’s the building with the big red stripe down the side (opposite St Mary’s Catholic Church on Peel Street). You enter the building at the Commecial entry to the building (to the right of the hairdresser)

After 5.30pm building access is by swipe card only.

When you arrive, please call the CRU office number  3844 2211 and someone will come down and let you in.

Getting here:


Please note there are two Brisbane City Council Car parks close to CRU. Merivale Street and Cnr of Cordelia and Montague.

Spaces in these car parks and on street parking in the area are 4hour limited metered parking and are heavily patrolled. Please ensure you take note of paid parking times.

Clearways are in effect after 4pm so check street signage for restrictions. Local streets are all 2hr parking unless stated otherwise

Paid parking is also available at GOMA, Art Gallery, Convention Centre & Secure Parking SW1, all are in walking distance. Some online parking deals for early bird or discount rates are available – check websites.

A limited amount of accesible parking is availbale on site – Contact CRU if you require accessible parking.

Bus: the closest bus way is the Cultural Centre busway Station on Melbourne Street. Turn right into Grey Street and then along to take a left onto Peel Street. Walk up Peel and our building is on the corner of Peel and Merivale.

City Cat: the closest City Cat terminal is the Southbank City Cat Terminal. It is approximately 1.2km walk to CRU.

Train: the closest train station is South Brisbane on Grey Street, opposite QPAC. It is about 600m to CRU

Car: Merivale Street is one way – you will need to enter Merivale from Montague Road to drop off passengers at the door. Limited accessible parking may be available on site – contact CRU to enquire on availability.


CRU Office
Level 2,, 43 Peel Street
South Brisbane,QLD4101AU
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