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The Disability Innovation Institute facilitates interdisciplinary disability research and educational pedagogy, driving innovations in accessible and inclusive practice and policy to produce sustainable change for disadvantaged communities.

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Competitive advantage

  • A world-first initiative that connects scholars, community, industry, services, government and practitioners, both nationally and internationally
  • Unique, interdisciplinary perspective in partnership with people with disability, combining disability studies with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) research and the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)


  • A world-first initiative that conducts whole of university interdisciplinary research to design accessible and inclusive working, living and learning environments; generate innovative technologies; and create inclusive law, policy, services and communities
  • Successful applications
  • Harnessing virtual reality games for disability awareness
  • Achieving best outcomes for children with autism
  • Data governance and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
  • Disability employment and the Fourth Industrial Revolution
  • Pathways to preventive care for people with a severe mental illness
  • Mobile technology as a tool to increase social inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities

Capabilities and resources

  • A unique connection between scholars, the community, industry, services, government and practitioners to transform the lives of people with disability
  • The scale and capacity to address the current global challenges to the participation and leadership of people with disability in all aspects of society
  • Interdisciplinary research seminars and deliberative dialogues
  • Seed funding for research teams to conduct innovative and inclusive research
  • Access to over one-hundred leading researchers engaged in disability-related scholarship

Our partners

  • Government
  • Industry
  • People with disability and representative organisations