The Dignity Project

Closes 30 Jun 2021

Opened 25 Sep 2019

Results expected 30 Jun 2021

Feedback expected 31 Jul 2021

Overview

The Dignity Project is a digital engagement and analysis platform where people with disabilities can share, reinterpret and analyse collective experiences, enabling them to generate service and design innovations for the future.

Led by the Ambassadors Council at The Hopkins Centre, this statewide project will gather examples of dignified (and undignified) interactions, and experiences that threaten or facilitate inclusion. By analyzing the content of these examples, the project will shine a light on the little things that can make a big difference.

Angel Dixon, Queensland Young Australian of the Year 2019 and Dignity Ambassador at The Hopkins Centre is an integral part of the Dignity Project and shares part of her story and some of her experiences with the ABC Australia in the video below.

Why We Are Consulting

Physical and attitudinal barriers can limit people’s access to environments, housing, education and opportunities, thus preventing participation in vital personal activities, social connections and employment. Rhetoric such as co-design, co-creation, and co-production now dominate policy narratives, but there are few good examples of how such a deep level of engagement can be facilitated in the disability sector.

This project aims to address this challenge. We will disrupt negative stereotypes about disability, whether overt or covert, deliberate or unconscious, that impact on the ways in which people with disabilities are treated or their participation in society. We acknowledge that to better understand disability reform in the future, we must learn from the past and the stories that would otherwise remain unheard. Through stories, we can illuminate future possibilities, but also pathways that should never again be travelled. Creative methods can add the element of surprise, breaking through traditional ways of thinking to create new and deeper understanding. Using recognised and well-tested participatory research methods, like digital storytelling, have been shown to promote critical dialgogue and bring about change for marginalized populations (Green et al., 2008). To ensure citizens can accessibly and comfortably share about their experiences with dignity, they will be able to communicate in the method that best suits them, including but not limited to traditional storytelilng, art, visual media, and voice recording. We will analyse and share these insights in surprising ways that can reach and educate all citizens

Consultation coming soon

Areas

  • Princess Alexandra and QEII Jubilee Hospital catchments

Audiences

  • Carers
  • Families
  • Patients
  • People with a disability

Interests

  • Disability and Health