Free webinar: The buffering effect of social capital in young people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing

International Social Capital Association (ISCA)
22nd May 2024
4:00pm - 5:30pm

“This presentation will explore the presenters’ published peer-reviewed social capital research involving young people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. The presenters will discuss the social capital methodology used to ground their research with reference to Pierre Bourdieu and Robert Putnam’s theories of social capital. The outcomes for adolescents and youth will be explored in relation to the typically-hearing population in areas such as language, mental health, and employment. The qualitative evidence presented will focus on the voices of the young people interviewed and discuss how social capital can positively influence the outcomes for these young people in relation to their language, identity, and wellbeing. ”


“About the presenters:

Jill Duncan

Associate Professor Jill Duncan serves as an academic at the University of Newcastle’s School of Education and the University Lead – Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. She also serves as an advisor to the NSW and Australian governments related to people with disability and the intersectional disadvantages women encounter. She is a Non-executive Director for Aussie Deaf Kids. She has a long history of investigating the influence of social capital on the developing deaf child. Jill has had permanent conductive hearing loss since early adolescence and uses an implanted device to augment her hearing ability.

Tim Byatt

Dr Tim Byatt is a casual academic at the University of Newcastle’s School of Education, and works full-time for the Department of Education (NSW) as an itinerant support teacher (hearing) role in Sydney. He was awarded his PhD in 2023 that involved publishing four peer-reviewed articles relating to social capital and identity in adolescents who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and its association with other factors such as social communication and wellbeing. He has been working in deaf education for 16 years and has an additional 5 years’ experience as a mainstream high school teacher. Additionally, he has a moderate hearing loss and identifies as deaf.”