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Community Attitudes towards People with Disability

About the Survey

In 2018, we conducted a survey to identify attitudes towards people with disability including personal beliefs around stereotypes, stigma and discrimination.  As part of this we collected data from people with disability about their experiences of discrimination and perceptions of societal attitudes. 

This quantitative survey focused on attitudes that impact the social and economic participation of people with disability of all ages. It is the first population-level survey about attitudes toward people with disability in Victoria.

The survey was developed to inform the Victorian government’s work in relation to ‘Changing Attitudes’, a key priority of the Absolutely Everyone: Victorian State Disability Plan (2017-2020).

Snapshot of Results

This is the first time this survey has been conducted in Australia and the full Changing Attitudes report can be downloaded here

Below is a short video showing the survey results: 

As presented at the National Workshop on Community Attitudes, 28 June 2019, Melbourne, Office of Disability, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services

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Download presentation (pdf) or preview here


Research Team

The survey was developed with a team of academics and people with lived experience of disability:

Professor Anne Kavanagh, Head, Disability and Health, University of Melbourne
Associate Professor Allison Milner (1983-2019), University of Melbourne
Ms Lauren Krnjacki, University of Melbourne
Ms Anne-Marie Bollier, University of Melbourne
Ms Vasiliky Kasidis, University of Melbourne
Ms Georgia Katsikis, University of Melbourne
Ms Jasmine Ozge, University of Melbourne


Screenshot of transcript of HOW ATTITUDES DISABLE
Listen to Podcast: How Attitudes Disable with Professor Eric Emerson,  Chief Investigator on the CRE-DH.