MARCIA project now accessible to participants

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times

The lead researcher behind a project connected to Bunbury’s aspirations to become the Most Accessible Regional City in Australia is calling on participants.

MARCIA PhD student Adam Johnson is the head of the accessibility and inclusion research project – a partnership between the Bunbury City Council and Edith Cowan University.

Mr Johnson said people with disabilities or carers and family members who have an interest in community access and inclusion are invited to join the project.

He said the main focus of research would be in forming relationships between people with disabilities and organisations which provide buildings and services.

“This research will also provide opportunities for collaboration and raising awareness with decision-makers in these sectors,” Mr Johnson said.

Participants will be invited to attend regular meetings and research-related activities about once a month over an 18-month period.

“They will be offered training in relation to the research activities and will be fully supported in the research process,” Mr Johnson said.

Paul D’Vorak is expected to be one of the first to sign up for the project.

“I want to see accessible design being a foresight not a hindsight,” Mr D’Vorak said.

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