Australian community attitudes to disability

Past project

The project scopes the current research on Australian community attitudes to people with disabilities. It is preliminary work to inform future research and policy activities. The project includes a literature review, scan of existing datasets and other sources for direct and indirect indicators of community attitudes; dataset analysis; and research and policy options. It examines the literature about community attitudes and analyses existing data sources for information about indicators underlying community attitudes and their impact on people with disabilities.

Funding Agency

Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Non-Staff Involved

Pooja Sawrikar

Chris Deeming

Denise Thompson


Thompson, D., Fisher K., Purcal, C., Deeming, C. and Sawrikar, P., (2011). 'Community attitudes to people with disability: scoping project', Occasional Paper Number 39 (PDF)

Fisher, K.R. & Purcal, C. (2016) Policies to change attitudes to people with disabilities, Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, 1-14. doi:10.1080/15017419.2016.1222303

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