Tellingyour story

Introduction


Telling Your Story is an evaluation of the NDS Community Inclusion Initiative. This project aimed to use innovative approaches to build community inclusion for people with disability.

The evaluation ran between July 2015 and June 2016.

This site shares the evaluation reports and seven short films which document the learning from the research, along with material contributed by participants during the evaluation.

Videos


The following video stories are part of an evaluation of the Community Inclusion Initiative.

To find out more about the Initiative and access practical tools and resources visit the NDS website.

To find out more about the evaluation and read the evaluation report, please click on the ‘Results’ tab in above menu.

All about the Community Inclusion Initiative


It tells the story of how people with disability across Australia worked as partners with their service providers to be more connected to the community.

John's Story


In this film, John shows what matters to him about places and people in his community.

Tam's Story


In this film, Tam shows how she has planned to do more of the things that are important to her.

Harrison’s Story


In this film, Harrison describes how life has changed since he became a working man.

Community Inclusion Initiative - Relationships


This film talks about relationships that people with disability have and the importance of connection and belonging.

Community Inclusion Initiative - Co-design


This film talks about co-design – a new way of working together to support people.

Community Inclusion Initiative - Contribution


This film talks about the importance people with disability placed in making a contribution to the community – including making a difference and being part of something.

The Community Inclusion Initiative was set up by National Disability Services (NDS) and funded through the Australian Government’s Sector Development Fund.

Eleven projects ran for a year across Australia. In these projects, people with disability and their families co-designed innovative ways to build community inclusion in partnership with the disability support services they already use.

The SCU Centre for Children and Young People (CCYP) and the UNSW Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) evaluated the Initiative and supported people to share their experiences.


The focus of the evaluation was on assessing changes in community inclusion for people with disability using new models of support aimed at increasing such inclusion.

The evaluation team

  • captured and documented the stories and experiences of participants and their families;
  • engaged with providers to understand new models and approaches; and
  • analysed and documented successes, challenges and lessons from the Initiative.

We used an action learning approach, based on Weaver and Cousins (2004) inclusive evaluation framework. This assesses five dimensions of inclusion, seeking to meet three goals for usefulness, social equality and robustness of knowledge.

In keeping with this approach, the evaluation outputs include materials which are accessible to a range of audiences, including reports in full and easy-read summary versions and seven short films. You can view the reports and films on this website on the Results page.

The evaluation ran between July 2015 and June 2016.


Two visits were made to the 11 sites. In those visits, people with disability and their families, staff and managers shared their experiences, ideas and insights in individual and small group interviews. The research team also used adapted methods for some people with disability. These included pictorial mapping, walk-along interviews, observation and activity-based interviews.

Participants also contributed to the project website throughout the evaluation via photos, videos, narratives and pictures. You can see some of these on the Your photos page.

A professional film crew were part of the research team and documented parts of the project, along with researchers and some participants. The resulting material was used to develop seven short films to convey the experiences of participants and those who supported them in the CII. You can view the films on the Results page.

Consent of participants was obtained for any personal material shared.  Participants reviewed the film footage prior to completion of the films. Ethics approval for the research was obtained through Southern Cross University Human Research Ethics Committee (ECN-15-108).

Team


The evaluation was completed by a team from the CCYP, together with the UNSW Social Policy Centre and a community researcher.We also worked with film-makers from Torrid Films.


The people working on the project were:

Centre for Children and Young People, SCU

  • Dr Sally Robinson,
  • Ms Danielle Notara
  • Professor Anne Graham

Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW

  • Professor Karen Fisher
  • Professor Kelley Johnson
  • Dr Jane Bullen

Community Researcher

  • Mr Robert Strike

Torrid Films

  • Zoe Harvey

Stories


The evaluation team invited participants in the Community Inclusion Initiative to share photos and videos of their activities and progress with us throughout the evaluation.

People from the eleven project sites around Australia have shared their stories. Some people agreed for these to be available here.

Tracie's story


Volunteering at the Soup Kitchen: “I ate my pasta for dinner, it was very nice. It was excellent to be working in a team, teamwork is helping each other. We had to wear apron and hat. I happily enjoyed it. I am going to be going more in the mornings.”

David's story


These are photos that I have taken today, last week, and weeks before. I love taking photos. I have taken photos of my friends, my room and my bed (it’s changed around now), bowen beaches, pools, gardens. I really love taking photos.

Group 'Valid' session


Elica, Linda, Tyson and Harrison (not pictured) attending the course – Keys to Success. In these sessions the group bounce ideas off one another on how to speak up and stand up for themselves and their rights. The course is really bringing the group together. All look forward to the sessions as they are fun, interactive and social. It has been surprising learning for most of the participants in how to speak up in all areas of their lives and make choices that they are happy with. Some share and some don’t, which is good they feel safe to say no when not comfortable. the skills learned in this course will play a vital role when participants are participating more independently in the community and also generally in daily life.

Blokes Day out


“This is what we have been doing. We are doing a Blokes Day Out. We go to lunch and then the movies. I love it cos I love hanging out with these blokes.”

Wayne’s Story


Wayne’s dream is to go to the Dr Who palace in London, we found the next best thing. Wayne said ” I was feeling wonderful. I got to meet Sylvestor McCoy who played the 7th DR and Peter McRobbie who played the 13th DR. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was sad to come home”.

Tania's story


Doug’s Story


Since the start of the project I completed 6 driving lessons then in July passed my driving test after the first test. My smile says it all.

Jackson’s Story


I love the cafe and the customers – we crack jokes together, it is the friendliest cafe!  I am learning all the jobs at the cafe and love the variety. I travel to work (by bus) on my own and after my shift go to the local gym. I want to keep improving my skills and enjoy working and meeting new people.

Tam’s Story


Tam has started a business delivering promotional material with in the CBD, her business is called RED Hot off The Press

This is my movie I made at my ACE Course last year.

 

https://www.youtube.com/embed/R0ubnIzbo3U

Tam has started a business delivering promotional material with in the CBD, her business is called RED Hot off The Press

Tam is advertising her business in the paper, newsletters and with her business cards. So far Tam has work consistently every week and is always getting more!!

Max’s Story


Hi my name is famous Max!

I am starting my business called Pottery to the Max.

I am selling my work in shops in Mullumbimby and Byron Bay.

I am selling my work in shops in Mullumbimby and Byron Bay.

Linda’s Story


Linda has exhibited a piece of artwork in a competition for the local community calendar for 2016.

Linda has exhibited a piece of artwork in a competition for the local community calendar for 2016.

Linda is involved in a market in her local community on November 15th. She will be selling cards that she has created at a stall to raise awareness about the abilities of people living with a disability. This will coincide with the International Day of People with a Disability. She is a part of an enabling women’s committee in her community and together they have worked on these ideas to come up with activities and items to sell and showcase on the day.

Many of Linda’s peers and her local and broader community will be visiting the exhibition in the coming week.

Linda wrote a small letter to accompany her photos.

Linda’s piece is a ceramic boat with two people on a “Voyage Across the Ocean”.

Zoe’s Story


Working in the mail delivery business

All folded now ready to deliver with sunscreen, hat and delivery gear!

Volunteering at the Op Shop

In the sorting room – one of my favourite tasks.

Pricing – a necessary thing to do and making ready for a bigger job.

All ship shape for tomorrow.

Labelling with price tickets – the biggest job of the day!

Contact


Dr Sally Robinson

Lead Researcher – Disability Research Agenda

Centre for Children and Young People

Southern Cross University

Telephone: 02 6620 3134

Email: sally.robinson@scu.edu.au

Introduction


Telling Your Story is an evaluation of the NDS Community Inclusion Initiative. This project aimed to use innovative approaches to build community inclusion for people with disability.

The evaluation ran between July 2015 and June 2016.

This site shares the evaluation reports and seven short films which document the learning from the research, along with material contributed by participants during the evaluation.

Introduction


Telling Your Story is an evaluation of the NDS Community Inclusion Initiative. This project aimed to use innovative approaches to build community inclusion for people with disability.

The evaluation ran between July 2015 and June 2016.

This site shares the evaluation reports and seven short films which document the learning from the research, along with material contributed by participants during the evaluation.

Introduction


Telling Your Story is an evaluation of the NDS Community Inclusion Initiative. This project aimed to use innovative approaches to build community inclusion for people with disability.

The evaluation ran between July 2015 and June 2016.

This site shares the evaluation reports and seven short films which document the learning from the research, along with material contributed by participants during the evaluation.

Introduction


Telling Your Story is an evaluation of the NDS Community Inclusion Initiative. This project aimed to use innovative approaches to build community inclusion for people with disability.

The evaluation ran between July 2015 and June 2016.

This site shares the evaluation reports and seven short films which document the learning from the research, along with material contributed by participants during the evaluation.

Introduction


Telling Your Story is an evaluation of the NDS Community Inclusion Initiative. This project aimed to use innovative approaches to build community inclusion for people with disability.

The evaluation ran between July 2015 and June 2016.

This site shares the evaluation reports and seven short films which document the learning from the research, along with material contributed by participants during the evaluation.

Introduction


Telling Your Story is an evaluation of the NDS Community Inclusion Initiative. This project aimed to use innovative approaches to build community inclusion for people with disability.

The evaluation ran between July 2015 and June 2016.

This site shares the evaluation reports and seven short films which document the learning from the research, along with material contributed by participants during the evaluation.

Introduction


Telling Your Story is an evaluation of the NDS Community Inclusion Initiative. This project aimed to use innovative approaches to build community inclusion for people with disability.

The evaluation ran between July 2015 and June 2016.

This site shares the evaluation reports and seven short films which document the learning from the research, along with material contributed by participants during the evaluation.

Introduction


Telling Your Story is an evaluation of the NDS Community Inclusion Initiative. This project aimed to use innovative approaches to build community inclusion for people with disability.

The evaluation ran between July 2015 and June 2016.

This site shares the evaluation reports and seven short films which document the learning from the research, along with material contributed by participants during the evaluation.

Introduction


Telling Your Story is an evaluation of the NDS Community Inclusion Initiative. This project aimed to use innovative approaches to build community inclusion for people with disability.

The evaluation ran between July 2015 and June 2016.

This site shares the evaluation reports and seven short films which document the learning from the research, along with material contributed by participants during the evaluation.

Introduction


Telling Your Story is an evaluation of the NDS Community Inclusion Initiative. This project aimed to use innovative approaches to build community inclusion for people with disability.

The evaluation ran between July 2015 and June 2016.

This site shares the evaluation reports and seven short films which document the learning from the research, along with material contributed by participants during the evaluation.

Introduction


Telling Your Story is an evaluation of the NDS Community Inclusion Initiative. This project aimed to use innovative approaches to build community inclusion for people with disability.

The evaluation ran between July 2015 and June 2016.

This site shares the evaluation reports and seven short films which document the learning from the research, along with material contributed by participants during the evaluation.

Introduction


Telling Your Story is an evaluation of the NDS Community Inclusion Initiative. This project aimed to use innovative approaches to build community inclusion for people with disability.

The evaluation ran between July 2015 and June 2016.

This site shares the evaluation reports and seven short films which document the learning from the research, along with material contributed by participants during the evaluation.