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Easy Read Stage 1 Findings page

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This page is about a the findings of a research project.

The research project is called Planning Inclusive Communities.

Dr. Lisa Stafford, lead reseacher for Planning Inclusive Communities

The researcher is Dr. Lisa Stafford.

Research Findings for Stage 1

Question mark next to an inclusive community.

We wanted to learn from people with and without disabilities what makes communities inclusive

Houses

When we say community we mean the area where you live –your local street and neighbourhood 

Birdseye view of community.

Our communities are part of bigger areas like cities or regional centres

Group of diverse people.

When we say Inclusive - we mean you have the same opportunities to do everyday things in your community like everyone else.

Man standing and lady in wheelchair with speech bubbles.

We heard ideas and experiences from 97 people. 

Aged from 9 years  to 92 years

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From Clarence and greater Hobart, Tasmania

and

Gympie Regional Council Logo

Gympie and surrounds in Queensland.

Diverse group of people.

They came from different backgrounds and roles.

Three stick figures on right symbolising participants. Circle on left showing 50%

Over half of participants were people with disability, mental health needs, long term health - chronic illness.

Others were family members, community members, local government.

So, what makes a community inclusive?

Screenshot from Findings video showing 'People at the Centre'.

1. People said that at the centre of an Inclusive Community must be its people

Three diverse stick figures, grouped by an overarching line with a heart in the centre.

Where everyone is valued and belongs.

Four stick figures with arms in the air, celebrating.

We can be ourselves.

Screenshot from Findings video showing 'Diversity'.'.

2. People said diversity is important.

Four stick figures, one with a speech bubble and question mark.

All people and their cultures are valued and respected

Two stick figures showing 'thumbs up', sitting on a park bench.

People with disabilities are valued and accepted.

Torres Strait Islander Flag and the Australian Aboriginal flag.

Indigenous knowledges are respected.

Screenshot from Findings video showing 'Planned for People'.'.

3. People said Communities must be planned and set up for all people.

Stick figure with three bubble around them. Bubbles include a person, a doller sign and a house.

People with disabilities have what they need to be involved  

and to have a good life.

Three stick drawings - a person, a car and a house.

Our communities and cities must be planned and built for equity, fairness and accessibility.

Hands holding scales.

If a place is fair, it means all people are treated right and the same.

Symbols of various barriers accessing the same information.

Equity means that people with different barriers and needs are given what they need to be involved.

Two examples of access - to technology/information and physical spaces.

If a place is accessible, it is easy for them to make out what to do, to reach it, to get around, or enter.

Two stick figures talking.

To help, people said we must listen, learn and be led by people with disabilities

Screenshot from Findings video showing 'Supportive'.'.

4. People said communities should be happy places that support people to live well.

Two smiling faces.

Everyone has choices.

Two stick figures playing on a park.

Spaces to create, share, play, have fun.

Various stick figures relaxing in a greenspace - laying on ground and talking to one another.

Spaces to relax.

Three stick figures standing close together, surrounded by a circle, with hearts on either side.

Our communities look after people.

Screenshot from Findings video showing 'Connecting'.'.

5. People said being in nature and doing things with others is important.

A wave at the beach and two green trees.

Nature is like

  • the ocean

  • open grass

  • walking in the bush

Various stick figures relaxing in a greenspace - laying on ground and talking to one another.

When in nature, people like feeling different things like

 smells, sounds, touch.

Three diverse stick figures, grouped by an overarching line with a heart in the centre.

Nature and being with other makes us feel good and part of community.

Two stick figures showing 'thumbs up', sitting on a park bench.

Doing things with others like:

  • Sharing food.

  • Talking.

Now that we know what an inclusive community is, how do we make it happen?

Two stick figures interacting, one with a speech bubble with a light bulb inside and the other with an excalmation above their head.

We heard a lot of ideas.

Four stick figures talking.

We heard how change needed.

Three stick figures standing close together, surrounded by a circle, with hearts on either side.

People felt that inclusive communities and cities must be valued

Two smiling faces.

Communities must be happy and healthy for all people and place.

Drawing of a map with a starting location and destination.

Must plan and design with people and communities from the start.

People standing together in front of their houses.

We plan better together.

People with different disabilities.

This is with people with disability and, diverse groups, government and local council and urban and regional planning practitioners.

Heart next poisitioned next to three diverse people.

We listen, learn and talk with each other often. 

Two people talking.

Show people it can be done.

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Good views about people with disabilities.

Speech bubble with a light bulb inside.

Learn from people with disabilities.

Arrow pointing to a map.

Next we create the change needed.

This is stage 2, the last stage of the research.

Peices of paper showing a plan.

We will create learning information.

Various hands working together.

Identify people who want to help make change.

Papers sitting on top of one another.

Create an ideal plan for creating inclusive communities.

2023 Calendar.

In 2023 we will be asking people to help us.

Diverse group of people.

Like:

  • People with disabilities

  • Urban planners

  • Community minded people.

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For more information go to making stories

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We thank everyone who was part of the research and for sharing ideas. 

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