About Media, Inclusion and Disability

Media Inclusion and Disability: Resources for Attitudinal Change (MIDRAC)

This project will examine the role that education can play in promoting schools as inclusive environments by developing communication practices grounded in the values and ethos of inclusive education. Disabled people and their representative organisations have partnered with experts in education, media and communications from Indonesia and Australia to empower schools to develop innovative advocacy for communicating about disability and inclusion in the community and lead attitudinal change.

This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Indonesia Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Chief Investigator: Dr Michelle Villeneuve

The interdisciplinary team includes partnership with Yogyakarta State University and four peak Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPOs) – 3 in Indonesia (Sapda Jogja; Wahana Kelugara Cerebral Palsy (WKCP); Dria Manunggal) and People With Disability Australia (PWDA).
• Sukinah, Yogyakarta State University
• Reny Indrawati, WKCP
• Nurul Saadah Andriana, Sapda Jogja
• Setia Adi Perwanta, Dria Manunggal
• Kate Finch, PWDA

Our interdisciplinary academic team includes the following investigators:
• Gerard Goggin – Department of Media Communications;
• Dinesh Wadiwel – Human Rights and Socio-legal Studies;
• David Evans, Michelle Bonati, Cathy Little, and Elga Andriana (PhD Candidate) – Sydney School of Education and Social Work;
• Michael Millington and Pradytia Pertiwi (PhD student), Faculty of Health Sciences

Our Project Intern
Indriani Pratiwi, Candidate, Master of Peace and Conflict Studies

Research Assistant
Julia Sterman, PhD Candidate