Ms Ayah Wehbe

Postgraduate Research

Research Areas: Policy Design, Impact & Evaluation, Disability

Research Topic: Identity and Belonging of Muslim Women with Disabilities
Supervisors: Prof Karen Fisher, Dr Charlotte Smedley
Co-Supervisor: Dr Ayxem Eli

This Scientia PhD, under Social Justice, Government and Health Policy, aims to address the invisibility and marginalisation faced by many women with disability (specifically those with hearing loss) who come from an Australian-Muslim background. It will research the identity and belonging of Australian Muslim women with disabilities and implications for social policy in the context of the National Disability Strategy and the NDIS.

This project aims to explore the identity and sense of belonging, experienced and expressed by Australian Muslim Women with hearing loss and how these different identities and sense of belonging interact. Focusing principally on the way in which Muslim women access and define their sense of belonging, it will include the Deaf community in Sydney, the broader Muslim community and wider Australian population. It will also explore whether creating a Muslim Deaf Community has the potential to reduce the gaps between different communities and offer a sense of identity and belonging as articulated by the participants in my Honours thesis.

This project will build on from my Honours thesis (2016), and use auto-ethnography and intersectionality approach, and semi-structured interviews will be undertaken with Muslim Women in Sydney who are d/Deaf. These methodological approaches will illuminate the voices and experiences of women who are considered marginalised or invisible.

You can keep up to date on my weblog http://silentsigns.net/.

Publications

Davy L; Fisher K; Wehbe A; Purcal C; Robinson S; Kayess R; Santos D, 2019, Review of implementation of the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020: Final report, UNSW Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5c7494b61edc4

Senaratna, T; Wehbe A; Smedley C, 2018, Accessing and participating in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS): Views and experiences of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) communities, Advance Diversity Services (ADS), https://drive.google.com/file/d/11Q21sAfBae6tgDWNhbxGEF6OillMTqvA/view

Purcal C; Giuntoli G; Wehbe A; Fang Q; Kayess R; Fisher K; Johnson K, 2018, Outcome evaluation of icare lifetime care Community Participation Grants, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5b83387b77e50

Davy L; Fisher KR; Wehbe A, 2018, Peer Support Practice Review: Final Report of Stage 1A Findings, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5b84b4a23c6ff

Conference

Wehbe A, 2018, 'Blessing or A Curse? Exploring the Identity and Lived Experiences of Australian, Lebanese-Muslim Women with Hearing Impairment', in Suparto; Zaky A; Rizky K (eds.), Proceedings of the International Conference on Diversity and Disability Inclusion in Muslim Societies (ICDDIMS 2017), International Conference on Diversity and Disability Inclusion in Muslim Societies (ICDDIMS 2017), Jakarta, Indonesia, presented at International Conference on Diversity and Disability Inclusion in Muslim Societies (ICDDIMS 2017), Jakarta, Indonesia, 21 - 22 November 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.2991/icddims-17.2018.36

Wehbe A, 2018, '‘Silent Invisible Women: Exploring the Identity and Lived Experiences of Australian Lebanese-Muslim Women with a Hearing Impairment’', presented at Symposium on The Agency of Muslim Women in the Australian Context, Sydney, Australia, 21 - 22 February 2018

Wehbe A; Smedley C; Senaratna T, 2018, '‘Bridging the Gap: experiences of people from CALD communities and accessibility to the NDIS’', presented at DiverseAbility: NDIS Inclusion Conference, Parramatta, Australia, 19 - 19 April 2018

Wehbe A; Smedley C; Senaratna T, 2017, '‘Accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS): views and experience of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities’', presented at Australian Social Policy Conference 2017, UNSW, Sydney, 25 - 27 September 2017