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Ethnographic research

Project overview

Aim: By listening and learning from ten families in their lived environments, this ethnographic research brings to the surface the stark challenges of accessing safe and suitable transport for children with disability in Australia.

The project aims to:

  • inform MACA’s information and training resources about the safe transport of children with disability.
  • improve road safety, wellbeing and community participation of children with disability and their families.

Partners: The Australian Government Department of Social Services, Monash University Emerging Technologies Research Lab

Years: 2021-23

The challenge

At MACA we know how challenging day to day vehicle transport can be for families of children with disability. This research has enabled a deep understanding of the experiences of families and will be used to inform and improve our national information resources.


  • Spending time with families throughout Australia to observe and learn about how they go about everyday transport.
  • Undertaking a range of ethnographic methods to better understand the transport experiences of the families. Examples of methods included the researcher taking a car journey with the family (follow-alongs) and asking families to keep video, photographic or written diaries.
  • Documenting and analysing the insights from the visits.
  • Preparing reports.

This project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services

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