A TEAM of Australia and Papua New Guinea researchers are conducting a study on children with disability in the Pacific.
They want to find out what they think about the world, their daily experiences and what they would like to change.
The project team is led by Deakin University and Save the Children. It will develop and test a number of tools such as picture and sound libraries, which enable children with disability to give their views.
The tools will then be used to assist government agencies, non-government organisations and community-based organisations in the planning, implementation and evaluation of services and activities for children with disabilities and their families.
“The voices of children with disability are not heard enough and this research will explore ways of including them in the development of important services for vulnerable young people,” Kevin Murfitt from Deakin University said.
“It will be a fascinating process. We are intrigued to hear what some of these children have to say.”
The project is being undertaken in Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu and based on collaboration between the PNG Assembly of Disabled Persons, Disability Promotion and Advocacy Association Vanuatu, Save the Children and Deakin University.
Guna Yogomul, acting country director of Save the Children PNG, said: “The project is innovative and provides the opportunity to interact directly with children with disability and their families to enable them to communicate and identify their own priorities and concerns.
“We want children with disability to take part in the research every step of the way, from commencement to data collection and data analysis, in drawing conclusions and determining findings as well as identifying key actions to come from the research.”
The research is being funded by the Australian Government’s Australian Development Research Award scheme
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