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The New Voice of People Living with Disabilities: Faith

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The new voice of People Living with Disabilities: A Faith Perspective

CBM Australia, Bush Church Aid and Alphacrucis College invite you to a free public lecture by Dr Bonita Sawatzky

Dr Sawatzky is an associate professor in orthopaedics within the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver CANADA. Read more at http://icord.org/researchers/dr-bonnie-sawatzky/

This seminar will feature her Christian faith and her motivation and passion for studying mobility in kids and adults with spinal cord diseases. She will explain how her work in spinal cord research centre (ICORD) inspired her to think about the patients' perspectives in her novel approach to research and in her teaching within the medical school.

Her work with understanding the patient's voice, and her willingness to integrate her own voice as someone with a spinal cord disease and a strong Christian faith has lead her to work in collaboration with researchers, Nicole Tillotson, Monica Short, Janice Ollerton and Cass Hearn from Charles Sturt University to explore faith and disability in greater depth. Their research, "Faith Matters: From a disability lens", has recently been in published in the Journal of Disability and Religion. This research engages through personal stories with the medical model by discussing issues such as genetic counselling, it engages with the social model of disability for example around identity and disability, and, it explores theologies of disabilities with the Biblical view that we are all fearfully and wonderfully made.

This lecture will be followed by a conversation with other thinkers and writers in the field about matters of faith and disabilities. We look forward to seeing you there.

Location: Alphacrucis College 30 Cowper Street, Parramatta

Time: 10am to 2pm on Thursday 16 November 2017
Cost: $10 for lunch

RSVP: Rob Nicholls on rnicholls@cbm.org.au or Monica Short on mshort@csu.edu.au and include any dietary requirements.