Our research

The aim of the Living with Disability Research Centre is to generate an evidence base to inform and improve practices, programs and policies for people with a cognitive disability. A key research focus is on the experiences of people with cognitive disabilities, their families and service providers. We take a lifespan perspective and we are committed to bringing about change at all levels so that our society can be inclusive.

The LIDS approach

We adopt a bio-psycho-social approach to understanding disability. Through the application of a systems perspective, our work takes a multi-tier approach recommending targeted interventions for the individual, family, organisation, community and the wider society.

The Living with Disability Research Centre works to ensure that people living with cognitive disabilities have a voice in our projects. Therefore, we use both inclusive research approaches and qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

Our staff and their collaborators have strong partnerships with advocacy and self-advocacy groups, health, disability and other human service providers as well as key international disability research centres.

Our research themes focus on improving disability services, enabling mainstream service to be inclusive and building an evidence based for participation and inclusion.

All LiDs current and past research projects can be found within the following general themes: