Retirement for people with intellectual disabilities: A last chance to be included in the community

 UWL are delighted to invite guests to the UWL Public Lecture with Professor Christine Bigby. The event will take place at the University of West London, in Weston Hall on Wednesday 02 December.

The lecture will start promptly at5.30pm. Registration will commence and refreshments will be served from 5pm prior to the lecture.

Professor Christine Bigby is Director of the Living with Disability Research Centre at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. She has been researching issues associated with ageingand people with intellectual disability since 1990. Her research also explores effective service provision to support social inclusion of adults with intellectual disability.


People with intellectual disability who have attended day centres or supported employment programs are often reluctant to consider retiring, fearing the social isolation it may bring and absence of alternative meaningful activities. Disability service providers in contrast are often keen for people to consider retirement, but have low expectations of what might be possible and proffer few alternatives to segregated or specialist activities.

This lecture will discuss the findings from a series of Australian studies that explored the inclusion of older people with intellectual disabilities in ordinary community groups. It will discuss the program design and strategies used to support their inclusion and present evidence about the successful outcomes for participants.

Professor Bigby has authored 6 books and over 100 peer reviewed papers and numerous book chapters and reports. She holds visiting professorships at Universities of Kent, UK and Halmstad, Sweden. She was the chair of the IASSID special interest research group on ageing and intellectual disability from 2004 to 2014, has been editor of Australian Social Work and is the founding editor of a new journal Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

The lecture will take place at the University’s Ealing Site, St Mary’s Road, London W5 5RF.  Registration will open at 5pm and the lecture will begin at 5.30pm.To reserve a place click here or for further information please email