By helping to support research, policy and education using a rights-based approach and the social model we achieved change in our city, state and beyond.

The Disability Research Initiative (DRI) built on their important work by increasing support for our researchers who are focussed on changing the social, economic and physical environments that create disability. Our friends at People with Disability Australia (PWDA) put it this way: ‘it is not the inability to walk that keeps a person from entering a building by themselves, but the stairs that are inaccessible’.

Barriers to participation are not restricted to the built environment – they also include negative attitudes and prejudice, access to employment and economic participation, to healthcare and to education. These areas and more are included in the research clusters that guided the work of the Initiative.