Social inclusion and community access - our research

We are exploring best practice in community inclusion and access with two reviews currently underway. A suite of participant decision guides on assistive technology will also be available here. 

Evidence review: Interventions to support community, civic and social participation

We are conducting two systematic reviews to highlight strategies that enhance community participation amongst participants, families, carers and key stakeholders in line with the NDIA Corporate Plan 2020-2024.

  • The first review summarises the theoretical and intervention evidence for improving community civic and social participation in people with disabilities. 
  • The second review summarises the evidence about how effective specific interventions are for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), intellectual or psychosocial disabilities.

Exploring participant experiences: 'Getting out into the world' pathways to community participation and connectedness for NDIS participants with intellectual disability, on the autism spectrum and/or with psychosocial disability – underway 

The NDIA Research and Evaluation Branch conducted this research project into the barriers and enablers to increased community participation for participants with intellectual disability, on the autism spectrum, and/or with psychosocial disability.

This project aimed to:

  • understand and explore participants’ understandings and experiences of community participation and connectedness
  • explore the barriers and enablers to accessing community participation and connecting with the community
  • identify the information and supports required by participants (families, carers or supporters) to help them develop community participation goals 

We hope to use the findings to inform new ways of supporting participants to develop decision support tools and guidance documents to support participants (and their families and carers), planners and providers to identify ways to increase their community participation and connectedness.

Findings from this project will be available in 2021.

This page current as of
6 April 2021
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