Editors Note: Please spread the word about this research and become a participant if you are able. Researchers need our assistance, and hopefully the research can benefit us all.

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Please see below information about a research project being undertaken by a Masters student at Flinders University seeking perspectives of people with disabilities on factors that contribute to genuine inclusion for people with disabilities.

This research is not affiliated with My Disability Matters so please contact the researcher Katie Butler directly using the contact details if you are interested in participating.


The Research Project

Hi, my name is Katie Butler and I am a student of the Master of Disability Studies with Flinders University. I am currently undertaking my research dissertation that is looking at the factors that contribute to making situations genuinely inclusive to people living with disabilities.

My research is supported by my supervisors Dr Kerrie Lante and Dr Paul Jewell of the Disability and Community Inclusion unit at Flinders University and my project has been approved by the Flinders University Social and Behavioural Research Ethics Committee (Project number 7095).

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The purpose of my research is:

  • To increase understandings of the factors that shape genuinely inclusive settings for people with disabilities
  • To increase knowledge and capacity to plan for, create and foster truly inclusive environments, communities and programs

I am looking for people who live with a disability, are 18 years of age or older, who live in Australia and who are keen to share their experiences about what enables them to feel included in their community.


Are you interested?

If you are interested in participating in this study, you would be required to attend an interview of up to one and a half hours (1 ½ hours) in length, either face to face or over the phone.

You would be asked about the environments, circumstances, attitudes, behaviours, supports or personal strategies that are significant in helping you to become genuinely included in the day to day activities that you participate in.

Participation in this research is entirely voluntary and you would be free to withdraw at any time without consequence.  The information you provide in your interview will undergo a process of having personal identifying information removed before being used in the final research paper.

The findings of this research will be helpful in assisting to form a better understanding of what true inclusion is and how it can be achieved.


More Information & Contact Details

If you are interested and would like some further information, including a full information and consent kit, please contact me on 0467 492 752 or via email: [email protected]. Or, you can contact my supervisors:

Dr Kerrie Lante – phone: (08) 8201 5094, or email: [email protected]

Dr Paul Jewell – phone: (08) 8201 2576, or email: [email protected]

If you know someone who might be interested in participating in this research, please feel free to pass on this information to them.

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