3 - 4 August 2022
3 - 4 August 2022
The conference will be held in person and online on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th August.
Flinders University at Victoria Square | 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide | Room 1 (Level 1)
The Australia-Korea Cross-Cultural Conference on Innovation in Disability Employment is hosted by the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) Flinders at Flinders University, partnering with the Korean Employment Agency for Persons with Disabilities (KEAD) and funded by the Australia-Korea Foundation within the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The conference will be on the following topics:
· Disability employment policies under different jurisdictions
· Accessible and inclusive working environments for workers with disability
· Innovative and creative models for disability employment initiatives
Accessible Conference Brochure
3rd August 2022 | 9.00am - 3.30pm, ACST
9.00 am – 9.30am: Opening ceremony
10.30 - 11.00 am: Disability employment policies in Australia and South Korea
11.00 am – 12.30 pm: Access to disability employment
2.00 pm – 3.30 pm: Inclusion in disability employment
4th August 2022 | 11.30am - 1.00pm, ACST
11.30 am – 1.00 pm: Innovation in disability employment
Director of the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) Flinders
Professor Goodwin-Smith is the Matthew Flinders Professor of Social Impact and Director of CSI Flinders. He is a researcher in the fields of social policy and social service with extensive experience in research and evaluation relating to social service improvement, systems reform and social policy. He is a research leader experienced in managing research centres and concentrations in collaboration and partnership with industry and community stakeholders.
Ian has a history of working collaboratively with government and non-government organisations, communities and people who have been marginalised, and a long track record of research partnerships, both internationally and in all Australian states and territories, in the metropolitan, country and remote settings. He has experience in co-designing and administering large scale research and evaluation projects and in working across sectors and disciplines with a range of stakeholder groups.
Research Associate at the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) Flinders
Jung Yoon is a PhD student and a Research Assistant at the Centre for Social Impact Flinders. She supports cross-cultural research projects between Australia and South Korea by building project concepts and connecting to project relevant bodies in South Korea. Currently, she is working on research projects around disability employment and free school lunch programs in Australia and South Korea.
Jung has focused on building accessible, inclusive and innovative working environments to enable socio-economic inclusion for people with cognitive disability, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and intellectual disabilities. Jung's research interests include disability employment, social enterprise management, inclusive corporate culture, and social and disability-related policies under the jurisdiction of other countries.
Partner in Korea
As an affiliated organisation under the Ministry of Employment and Labour, Korea Employment Agency for Persons with Disabilities (KEAD) was established in 1990 with the mission of becoming the leading agency to employ persons with disabilities.
KEAD has more than 1,300 full-time workers at six regional headquarters, 14 branch offices, five vocational competency development institutes, 27 training centres, and an assistive technology centre. Its business expands across multiple services for persons with disabilities, including job placement, vocational training, assistive technology device support and personal assistance. For employers, KEAD provides employment subsidies and extends support for establishing a standard workplace and funds for the work environment improvement. By providing various employment services, KEAD continues to strive to create a society where persons with disabilities can work together.
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Associate Professor Caroline Ellison
Associate Professor Caroline Ellison is the Crossing the Horizon Professor of Ageing and Disability at UniSA and a Developmental Educator. Caroline has an extensive multidisciplinary professional practice, teaching and research experience across disability and human services in Australia and SE Asia. Key to Caroline's approach is engaging with people living with disability as co-researchers and collaborators as well as academic researchers, mainstream society, the NDIS and global disability organisations to create increased inclusion of all people. Approx 20-25% of the population lives with impairment.
It is an economic, not just human rights issue that we consider full inclusion and employment of diverse populations in all societal systems. She is interested in systemic, societal and individual issues across sectors such as disability-inclusive development, employment, urban planning, housing, end of life choice and planning, arts, sports and leisure (how we use our free time), access to spiritual activities, positive behaviour support, protective behaviours and sexual health, family leadership, social role valorisation and workforce development. The global theme of her research is to transform communities to be accessible and inclusive to benefit everyone.
Dr Claire Hutchinson
Dr Claire Hutchinson is a mixed methods social scientist who conducts research in disability and aging. Her research focuses on consumers' service preferences, outcome measurement - especially quality of life, and social return on investment. Given her previous experience as an occupational psychologist working in vocational rehabilitation with disadvantaged job seekers, Dr Hutchinson has a particular research interest in the economic participation of people with disabilities.
Over the last few years, she has completed several studies on this topic, including examining the lived experiences of microenterprise business owners with intellectual disability, and the open employment experiences of young people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She is currently conducting a mixed-methods evaluation of a transition program for students with a range of disabilities seeking opportunities in the mainstream labour market.
Robbi Williams has over 30 years of experience working in disability, health and other human services in several countries. A psychologist, Robbi, is the author of the Model of Citizenhood Support, a framework for people and agencies to think about the nature of helpfulness toward good inclusive lives.
Robbi is CEO of the Julia Farr group, a trio of social profit agencies working in systemic advocacy, social housing, assistive technology, and philanthropy, anchored on the values of Personhood and Citizenhood. This includes JFA Purple Orange, whose body of work comprises:
Lisa Gorman is the founder of Gorman fashion. She grew up in the Victorian coastal town of Warrnambool, the eldest of 4 daughters, spending many teenage hours on the sewing machine making herself wild and wonderful outfits inspired by what she found in Vogue and Elle magazines. After moving to Melbourne at 18 to study nursing, Lisa continued to work on and off at the Royal Melbourne Hospital over the next eight years, dotted with a bunch of other studies, travel and jobs that eventuated in her founding of the Gorman brand in 1999.
Over the last 23 years, the Gorman brand has grown to become a 52 store womenswear, kids, and lifestyle label that is distinctly recognisable through its print and colour. Gorman has collaborated with over 100 artists, designers and institutions over the last decade, most notably her collection with Australian artist Mirka Mora, the Mangkaja collection, which has set a benchmark in Indigenous collaboration, as well as her work with Arts Project Australia in which she created a 52 piece collection with artists with disability. After a long and fruitful career with the Gorman brand, Lisa has recently moved on to take up other creative passions while the Gorman team continues her legacy.
Sim Luttin is a Melbourne-based curator and has run the gallery and exhibition program at Arts Projects Australia (APA) since 2008. As well as fostering innovative curatorial projects, she brokers collaborations between artists, commercial galleries, and arts institutions and has grown APA's publications, artwork leasing, and image licensing programs.
She is a founding curator of the international platform Art et al. and was a member of the Supported Studio Network in Australia. She has travelled worldwide, having curated, written, and presented extensively on APA and its artists at international conferences. Sim has a passion for supporting neurodiverse artists to be seen, represented, and connected in contemporary art and culture sectors.
Sue Roff has had a broad career in arts management. She has held the role of Executive Director at Arts Project Australia since 2009. During this time, Sue has driven a strong increase in profile for the organisation, its artists and unique studio practice and innovative programs. Prior to this, Sue has held roles as National Manager, Cultural Development at the Australia Business Arts Foundation, Community Relations Manager at RACV, Sponsorship Manager at Melbourne Theatre Company, and kick-started her arts management career as National Administrator with the Australian Girls Choir.
Sue is experienced in project development, fundraising, sponsorship, and marketing and has chaired the boards of Strange Fruit and the Victorian Actor's Benevolent Trust. She is the former President of the Public Galleries Association of Victoria.
Michael Mooney is an enterprising businessman with a knack for connecting his business with his local community and the kind of customers who most appreciate freshly-picked, locally-grown, organic, seasonal produce. Michael lives with hearing impairment, speech and learning difficulties. He had previously studied horticulture, loves being outdoors and had a large north-facing front yard—the ideal place to grow produce. Michael has NDIS-funded support through Community Living Project’s Micro Enterprise Project and has an Enterprise Management Group set up to support him, his personal assistant and the business. Michael has built up a solid customer base who he speaks with regularly. He enjoys doing work he is passionate about and loves the flexibility of working for himself – choosing his own hours and being his own boss. But most rewarding of all is seeing the positive response of his customers when he turns up with his home-grown, freshly-picked produce.
Dr June Alexander
June Alexander is a lecturer in the Disability and Community Inclusion Department, in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She has over 30 years’ experience as a Developmental Educator and her previous experience includes CO of a best practice SA rural disability service. June specialises in training for both disability staff and people with intellectual disability. Specifically, her research focuses on adult outcomes in employment for those with intellectual disability.
Professor Ruth Rentschler OAM
Professor Ruth Rentschler OAM (BA Hons Melbourne; PhD Monash) works in UniSA Business, University of South Australia. She is a management scholar in the context of arts and culture, with a history of research excellence demonstrated by her national and international grants, journal publications and leading of national and international research teams while developing an international profile as a researcher. She is Chair of the board of Australian Dance Theatre and Chair of the Board of No Strings Attached, Theatre of Disability and sits on the committee of the Contemporary Collectors at Art Gallery of South Australia. She has published books; quality journal articles (e.g., Journal of Business Ethics; Journal of Business Research; British Journal of Management); and industry research reports nationally and internationally, with a focus on disability, diversity and social inclusion in the context of the arts. She has received various honours and awards, such as Vice-Chancellor's Award for Service to the Community, Best Doctoral Supervisor Award, Cutting Red Tape Award, and an Order of Australia for services to education, the arts and the community.
Jung Hun Cha
Jung Hun Cha is an Executive Director at the Korea Employment Agency for Persons with Disabilities (KEAD) under the Ministry of Employment and Labor. He has been serving at KEAD for over 28 years and has contributed to advancing disability employment policies, including job placement operations, vocational training, and various employers support systems.
Selected as part of the UNDP-KEAD project in 1996, Jung Hun Cha experienced German training systems and tried to adopt lessons learned in a Korean context. He has an M.A in Rehabilitation and is now in the PhD Program majoring in Social Economy.
Dr Eun Ju Yoo
Dr Eun Ju Yoo is a Research Fellow at the Korea Employment Agency for Persons with Disabilities (KEAD). Her research focuses especially on disability policy, policy evaluation and international comparative studies.
Currently, Dr Eun Ju Yoo and her research colleagues are working on an article, 'Comparison of sheltered workshop policies in Japan, Taiwan and South Korea', which is a part of 'Elgar Handbook on Disability Policy'. She and her colleagues will develop the research to the next stage, 'An international comparative study on the East Asian employment policy model for the disabled'.
Jin Hee Lee
Jin Hee Lee is currently the co-founder and CEO of BearBetter company. After finishing her Bachelor's and Master's degree in Economics at Seoul National University, Jinhee worked as a researcher at the Dong Yang Economic Research Institute, HR consultant and then HR executive in NHN. Raising her son, who has autism, she learned about autistic people and their struggles. It became her aspiring dream to contribute to making positive change in society to support people with autism.
Founding BearBetter in 2012, Jinhee Lee started to make her dream come true. BearBetter is a social venture that provides employment opportunities specifically for people with developmental disabilities. With ten years of experience in BearBetter, she started to extend the employment project to create stable jobs for people with developmental disabilities across South Korea.
Min Yang Kim
Min Yang Kim (Alice Kim) is the founder and CEO of Grape Lab Design, and she was a UX designer with over ten years of experience in the IT area and one of the initial members of Kakao, a popular mobile service in Korea. Her creation, Kakao's emoticon service, generated a high profit for the company and local cartoonists.
After concluding her Master's in Sustainable Design at Kingston University in the UK, she changed her path, deciding to solve the world's problems from a designer's point of view. She is keen to build a sustainable circular economic system, focusing on wasted materials, upcycling, marginalised artists and minorities.
Eui Young Ham
Eui Young Ham is the founder and CEO of Peach Market, a content developing company for accessible information for those who need accessible texts and information to understand than general books according to age as 'slow learners', including children and young adults with developmental disabilities and anyone with a lack of literacy. Peach Market develops an accessible reading environment for people in such need, just like the way blind people need Braille to understand a text.
Eui Young Ham graduated with a Master of Applied Economics from Korea University. He worked at the United Nations Environment Programmes in Korea as a team leader in planning cooperation for five years. Peach Market develops over 300 publications in accessible reading versions every year, including magazines and news for people who lack the literacy to subscribe.
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