Inclusive research

The Disability Innovation Institute is grounded in inclusive research where people with disability are involved not just as participants, but as co-creators of knowledge.

The Disability Innovation Institute understands inclusive research as co-production: a process of collaboration and collective decision-making, which involves changing the relations of research traditionally separating users and producers. The co-production of research brings together people from a range of different and potentially intersecting groups, including (but not limited to) people with disability, their families and supporters, representatives of disability organisations, practitioners, service providers, and professional researchers.

The Institute is also producing a range of materials to support people engaged in or wanting to learn more about inclusive research. Our flagship publication “Doing Research Inclusively: Guidelines for Co-Producing Research with People with Disability” is designed to assist researchers in co-producing research in their area of expertise.

Our projects

Here are some of our latest projects. 

Seedfunded projects

Here are some of our latest seedfunded projects.

Gender barriers to accessing personalised disability funding schemes

The aim of this pilot project is to investigate gendered barriers to accessing personalised disability funding.

Using an inclusive mixed methods design, we seek to identify some of the barriers women face in accessing disability support in Australia, particularly the NDIS. Semi-structured interviews will be combined with a systems mapping exercise which helps participants create visual causal map diagrams of barriers and links between them.

The research questions that this study seeks to address are:

  1. What barriers do women face in accessing the NDIS?
  2. Are women accessing the NDIS receiving the supports they need? If not, what is the nature of this under-support and what reasons do they identify?

Project team: Dr. Sophie Yates, Ms Eleanor Malbon, A/Prof. Gemma Carey, Ms Jen Hargrave
Partner organisations: Women with Disability ACT, Women with Disability Victoria

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Positioning and navigation for people who are blind or have low vision

This project uses the latest in indoor positioning technologies to research, construct and test a highly accurate (<10cm), robust, discreet, wearable, cost effective, wayfinding and navigation system for people who are blind or have low vision.

Project team: Dr. Binghao Li, Prof. Sisi Zlatanova, Dr. Eduardo Benitez Sandoval, Mr Euan Ramsey-Stewart, Ms Megan Taylor

Photo by Eren Li from Pexels

Culturally responsive disability support with Chinese people in Sydney

This project examines how disability support organisations facilitate and support peer support groups for people with disability and their families from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and how the support is related to organisational cultural responsiveness towards people with disability and their families.

Project team: Dr. Qian Fang, Prof. Karen Fisher, Dr. Abner Weng Cheong Poon, Dr. Jung-Sook Lee, Prof. Bingqin Li, Ms Julie Duong, Mr David Yang, Ms Amy Chan

Photo by Celine Lityo on Unsplash

Self managing NDIS packages: promising practices for people left behind

This project conducts preliminary research to explore the conditions and resources conducive to self management in the interests of the person with disability. It scans the current conditions in Australia that facilitate or mitigate against self-management and what other resources show promise for including people traditionally left behind in the all-or-nothing approach to self management.

Project team: Prof. Karen Fisher, Prof. Sally Robinson, Dr. Christiane Purcal, Dr. Megan Blaxland, Ms Rosemary Kayess, Ms Frances Quan Farrant

National Disability Insurance Scheme: People who self manage their NDIS plan, Sydney
Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney.
Blaxland, M., Fisher, K.R, Purcal, C., Robinson, S., Quan Farrant, F., Pearson Gotting, M., Kayess, R. (2020).

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