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Giving voice to rural and remote First Nations NDIS participants who are Deaf or hard of hearing in the Northern Territory

This project aimed to understand how First Nations people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing living in rural and remote communities access and use NDIS plans. The project first developed and trialed accessible and culturally sensitive research approaches, and then used these approaches to better understand what factors influence access to the NDIS and use of plans. 


The lived experiences of First Nations people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing is not well represented in disability research or policy. Much of the existing NDIS-related research and reporting neglects the experiences of Deaf participants, let alone the experiences of Deaf participants who also identify as First Nations. These experiences will not be understood unless research approaches are designed that are accessible and culturally appropriate, and community-based research partnerships are built. 

Resources 

Summary of findings: 5 minutes
Summary of findings: full video
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