Teaching staff for the Summer School come from a variety of different disciplines and professions, including social care, medicine, philosophy, bioethics, disability studies, speech and language therapy and human rights.
Michael Bach (Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society)
For over 25 years, Michael Bach has undertaken research and development in Canada and internationally on ways to advance the full inclusion and human rights of persons with disabilities. His research and publications cover disability theory, policy and practice in a range of areas including education, employment, and funding and delivery of community-based services. Michael’s particular area of expertise is in legal capacity of people with intellectual disabilities. Michael holds a Ph. D. in Sociology and Equity Studies from the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, where his dissertation focused on developing a more inclusive theory of personhood on which to challenge the usual equation between intellectual disability and legal incapacity. Michael is currently an Open Society Foundations Fellow, continuing his international comparative research on the right to legal capacity for people with significant intellectual and cognitive disabilities.
Peter Beresford (University of East Anglia)
Peter Beresford is a British academic, writer, researcher and activist best known for his work in the field of citizen participation and user involvement, areas of study he helped to create and develop. He is currently visiting professor and senior research fellow in the School of Health & Social Sciences at the University of East Anglia, emeritus professor of citizen participation at the University of Essex and emeritus professor of social policy at Brunel University London. Much of his work has centered on including the viewpoints, lived experience and knowledge of disabled people, mental health and other long term service users in public policy, practice and learning, and working for a more participatory politics.
Victoria Joffe (University of Essex)
Victoria is Professor in Speech and Language Therapy and Dean of the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Essex. Her areas of expertise include speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) in children and young people, the interface between education and speech and language therapy, training of teaching staff, language and literacy development, and the embedding of Evidence-Based Practice in routine clinical work. She works collaboratively with various health trusts, education authorities and third sector organisations devising and evaluating research into models of service delivery across the lifespan. She is chair of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists’ national clinical excellence network for older children and young adults with SLCN and is currently working on three NIHR-funded research projects looking into new and innovative interventions for children with social communication disorder, children who stammer and children with Down Syndrome.
Caroline Bald (University of Essex)
Caroline is a registered social worker qualifying at University of Glasgow (MSW) in Scotland, and is currently the Programme Lead for the MA Social Work at the University of Essex. Caroline’s current research explores brain injury social work, human rights and social work education curricula. Caroline is Director of the 2022 Autonomy Summer School.
Aaron Wyllie (University of Essex)
Aaron trained as a social worker at Monash University (BA, PhD) in Australia, and is currently the Programme Lead for the BA Social Work at the University of Essex. Aaron’s current research explores older peoples’ experience of home in community and care home contexts.
Hannah Atkinson (University of Essex)
Hannah is a qualified Speech & Language Therapist and a lecturer at the University of Essex. Hannah’s areas of expertise are acquired communication and swallowing disorders in adults. She has previously worked in a range of healthcare settings, including acute general wards, acute stroke units and community stroke rehabilitation. Hannah’s areas of interest include acute stroke management, dysphagia associated with neurological disorders, as well as the role of Speech & Language Therapists in facilitating mental capacity assessments for people with communication needs.
Karen Chumbley (North East Essex Integrated Care System)
Karen is a General Practitioner and is the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System Clinical Lead in End of Life Care. Karen chairs the North East Essex Alliance End of Life Board and leads the North East Essex population health management approach to end of life care.
Karen is also a GP Training Programme Director, the Clinical Lead for the My Care Choices Register which is a local electronic palliative care communication system and is a Strategic Advisor to St Helena Hospice.
Wayne Martin (Essex Autonomy Project)
Wayne is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Essex, where he is a member of the Essex Human Rights Centre and Director of the Essex Autonomy Project, a research and public policy initiative focusing on the ideal of self-determination (autonomy) in the context of care (health care, social care, eldercare, psychiatric care, etc.). He also holds an honorary research position with the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He is the author of numerous research articles and reports focusing on issues concerning decision-making and mental capacity in the context of mental health care, and has been involved in policy formation both in the UK and abroad. From 2014-16 he led a team that supported the UK Ministry of Justice in preparation for the review by the United Nations of UK compliance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In 2018 he served on the Equality and Human Rights topic group for the Wessely Review of the Mental Health Act.