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In the Picture:

BELONGING: space, place & relationships

Young people with cognitive disability research belonging and connection in their regional communities.

Knowing more about the ways that young people with disability connect in their communities and how they feel about belonging provides key insights into how they can be better included. Thirty young people in three regional communities in NSW, Victoria and Queensland recently worked with CCYP researcher Sally Robinson to explore and document this theme through photographic research, which they then displayed in public exhibitions. As co-researchers, young people told their own stories through interviews, pictorial mapping and photo research, detailing and analysing the places and people that support their sense of belonging and connection.

Unwanted support

The young people were supported in each area by community disability services. This research provides important evidence to help ensure policy and programs are responsive to the expressed needs and desires of young people. The project was a community research partnership led by the CCYP, and including the UNSW Social Policy Research Centre, Strathclyde University (UK), the NSW Council for Intellectual Disability, and Children with Disability Australia. The research was funded by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services, through the National Disability Research and Development Agenda.

To download any of the reports from this project, click the relevant report options below: