Consultation was in the form of an online survey. 362 responses were received to define a vision for the 10-year State Disability Plan.
In summary, responses were received from people with disability (92 responses) and family members (also 92 responses). Survey responses were also received from carers, disability service organisations, state government employees, local government employees.
The top ten words used to describe the desired community in 10 years were: inclusive, accepting, safe, welcoming, vibrant, accessible, friendly, connected, better and diverse.
The aim of Exploring our Community is to prioritise the values of the State Disability Plan and identify attitudes and behaviours desired for our community. The results will inform the development of a long-term social (behaviour) change campaign to support the Plan.
Consultation to Exploring our Community took place between February and April 2019 with 28 face-to-face workshops across Perth metropolitan and regional Western Australia. The workshops were supported by an online survey and conversations kits that were available for groups.
The workshops were open to all Western Australians. 15% of participants were living with a disability, 14% were carers, 16% were families of a person with a disability, 26% worked in the sector, 14% worked for a government department, 5% had a general interest in the State Disability Plan and 10% were unknown. In summary:
Throughout each workshop, participants were asked to mark three values that were most important to them. The three key values that consistently upheld the most votes were respect, inclusiveness and opportunity.
People were also asked what attitudes and behaviours people wanted to see more of. The highest responses included: inclusion, opportunity, awareness, accountability and recognition. Attitudes and behaviours the community wanted to see less of included: discrimination, ignorance, barriers, bullying, disrespect and lack of accountability.
Attendees were also asked what they would like to see included in the Plan. More than 1,600 ideas were captured which will be assist in the next stage to Build the 10-year Plan.