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Stories for  Change VR Films Project

The Creating Stories for Change virtual reality film project worked with 3 young adults with disabilities/disabled young people to co-create stories about living in a world not built for you and what's needed to make communities and cities more inclusive for all bodyminds.

The films aim to improve awareness and understanding as well as to empower planning of more inclusive communities.

Introducing the Films

Watch the Stories for Change films by clicking on the red play button on each film.

Also available in VR format by using the Youtube app on VR googles.

Call to Action – Planning for Disability Inclusion and Equity!

The Team


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My name is Ana pike she/her and I am a disabled, chronically ill and neurodivergent wheelchair user. I have a strong passion for diversity and inclusion, which had led me to be involved in activism and projects such as this VR project. I am a uni student studying Community and health support also.

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Isaac is a LGBTQ+ nonbinary disabled writer from lutruwita / Tasmania. They write about the intersection of disability, queerness and growing up in regional Australia and maintain the popular queer pop culture blog They are a graduate of Curtin University (B.A of Digital & Social Media and Professional Writing & Publishing) and were a youth co-researcher on Anglicare's Trips Not Made report, and co-author of the paper "I have mentally cancelled a lot of trips" (Journal of Transport Geography). They most recently worked as a research assistant for the University of Tasmania, and also own their own business.

Headshot of Nicole with Black Guide Dog, Harper.


I have a vision impairment but my disability is the least interesting thing about me!

We all have a right to be included, belong, feel safe and live in the same place and space as you! Now that is interesting and important.

I look forward to meeting you in VR! 


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Dr. Lisa Stafford

Lead Researcher

Dr. Lisa Stafford is a passionate social researcher, educator and community planner with over 20 years’ of experience in the fields of disability,  inclusive communities and transport /mobility equity, with the view to realise the rights and improve social and economic participation for all people with disabilities. Lisa specialises in inclusive participatory research and engagement methods to ensure the ‘voices’ of all people, particularly children and people with complex communication needs are heard in research and planning processes. Prior to academia, Lisa worked in practitioner, management and director roles in government and non-government organisations. Lisa identifies as a disabled person, and is a member of the Planning Institute of Australia (MPIA), Transport Australian Society (TAs)  and Disability Leadership Institute (DLI).  Lisa is also an IncludeAbility ambassador for the Australian Human Rights Commission. Read more about Lisa here -

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Dr. Samantha Abbato


Sam is an evaluator and researcher, and director of Visual Insights People. Sam has a bachelor's degree in mathematics and physiology, a Master of Public Health in epidemiology and biostatistics, extensive qualitative training in medical anthropology (Ph.D., UC Berkeley), and more than twenty years of project experience in the community sector. Sam is passionate about participatory, multidisciplinary and innovative approaches to research and evaluation. You can find out more about Sam and Visual Insights here -

VFX Artist

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Ryan Grzesiak

The Process

Co-Creation Process

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Over six co-creation online workshops, the storyboard and script for the virtual reality films was drafted. 

The final script and scene ideas were then reviewed and revised via online zoom meetings and emails between co-creators, researchers and VR film maker.

The co-creators then recorded themselves speaking their parts of the script on their mobile phones and on zoom. 

The draft VR films where then created.

They were reviewed and revised between co-creators, researchers and VR film maker until finalised - approved.

Each co-creator were provided with their own VR headset to assist the review process.

Other contributions


'Wonderful' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0.

Opening Graphics

Designed by slidesgo / Freepik -


Rosie Pretorius - Research assistant and creative content creator

If you have any questions, please contact Dr Lisa Stafford Lead Researcher  

Researcher and participant talking over the phone

UTAS ethics approval number: 27599 

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