This research project is interested in making communities inclusive for all.

Queensland University of Technology's (QUT) Dr Lisa Stafford with the support of regional local governments in Australia (including Clarence City Council and Gympie Regional Council ), is finding out how we can better plan communities to be more inclusive for all people across all ages.

The focus is on people with disabilities (inclusive of people with chronic illness and people with mental health needs), as disability constitutes a natural part of human diversity, and everyone will have an experience of disability over their life. Whether this is oneself, a family member, friend or colleague. People with a disability can be any age (from birth through to older age), race, gender and class.  Disability can also be temporary or episodic.

Everyone’s involvement is needed to make communities inclusive for all.  Over the next three years we will be seeking input from all community members to increase understanding of what inclusive community means and how we can better plan to achieve this.

Our focus is at the local level because that is where social and economic change can have the most impact.

(UNDESA, 2009)

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Extension of Call out for:
Voluntary Local Research Advisory Groups - Clarence and Gympie

We are now calling for people with disabilities (including people with chronic  illness and people with mental health needs) in each local community to join our Local Research Advisory Groups.

Do you have a passion for access, inclusion and future planning of your community?
Do you live in the Clarence City Council or Gympie Regional Council?
We are interested in people who identify as a person with a disability and/or chronic illness to join our Local Research Advisory Groups. 


This project is funded by the Australian Research Council under DE190101512 - ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA).

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