The underlying objective of this research was to elevate and promote the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability in research and policy. This purpose, and the community model of research, was intended to address the exclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability that has been an historical feature of institutional approaches to research and policy that affected them.
There are six outcomes from this research.
Outcome 1: The development of a community-directed model of disability research.
Outcome 2: The interpretation data on the prevalence and profile of disability amongst the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.
Outcome 3: The finding of social inequality and discrimination experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability. As a group traversing two marginalised populations, the inequality and discrimination that they experience is multi-faceted, acute and pervasive across aspects of their lives and their access to support systems.
Outcome 4: The finding that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability participate in social activities and events within their community at the same rate as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people without disability.
Outcome 5: The presentation of an agenda for disability and inclusion research involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Outcome 6: A statement of the research impact that contains a proof of concept for community directed research.
This report is funded with assistance from a funding grant offered under the National Disability Research and Development Agenda, jointly implemented by disability representatives from Commonwealth, State and Territory governments.