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We want to make communities inclusive for all.

Dr Lisa Stafford and her team are working to find out how we can better plan regional communities to be more inclusive for all people across all ages.

Various People in Community.

Our focus is on Disability.

  • Disability is a natural part of human diversity.

  • 1 in 5 Australians have a disability. Another 22% report having long-term health conditions (SDAC 2018).

  • Everyone will have an experience of disability over their life. It could be you, a family member, friend, neighbour or colleague.

  • People with a disability can be any age, race, gender and class.

  • Disability is diverse and can be visible and invisible.

  • Disability can be permanent, episodic or temporary.

Group of people with disabilities

We need everyone to make communities inclusive.

To do this we are working with selected regional communities. This includes:

  • People living with disability, chronic illness and chronic mental health needs aged 9 years and older.

  • Partners, family members and friends.

  • Local governments, urban and regional planners, designers and architects, developers and builders.

  • Community organisations, businesses and other stakeholders

This will help us to understand:

  • What inclusive community means?

  • What makes a community inclusive?

  • How we can better plan to achieve this?

People from the community.

More about the project

The project is for three years. It started in 2020 and plans to finish in 2023.

There are two stages to the project:

  • Stage 1 is finding out what makes a community inclusive.

  • Stage 2 is working out how we can better plan communities to be inclusive.

The Plan

Three year calendar.

Two local Councils have volunteered to be a part of the project - Clarence City Council and Gympie Regional Council.

The Councils

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

Funding