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Research Project Opportunity: ‘Discriminatory acts towards young Australians with disabilities in public places’

Researchers at the University of Sydney and the University of Melbourne wish to interview young people in Sydney & NSW mid-North Coast with impairments about discrimination and disability in public places. To be eligible, you need to have left high school and be aged up till your late 20’s.

What’s it about?

Compared to their able-bodied peers, people with impairments have an increased risk of discriminatory acts by other people. Yet we know little about what these acts are, how often they happen to young people with disabilities, and particularly about how this happens in public places. Based on the stories of young people with impairments, this study seeks to produce new knowledge about when and how and where discrimination happens to young people with disabilities in public places so that efforts can be made to prevent such discriminatory acts occurring in the future.

What’s involved?

Taking part in this 3-year project involves an initial interview of around 45 minutes where we will get to know you and how you would like to provide material to us about the discriminatory acts that you have experienced. After this, we will have a life history interview (of 1-2 hours) with you and ask you about your family, who you hang out with, school life, what you do in your spare time, your disability, future plans and who you want to be in life. We will also talk with you about the information you provide to us about discrimination you have experienced in public places. Interviews will take place in a suitable and convenient location to you.
Who do I contact? Jamee Newland on (02) 9351-9711 or email This study has University of Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee approval (HREC 2015/398)

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