Capturing disability issues in multidisciplinary research projects

An online workshop shows a person presenting as well as a slide showing some illustrations that depict different experiences of people with a disability when it comes to getting up stairs

Indonesia has a Law on the Persons with Disabilities, but the voices of people with different needs in sanitation and clean water infrastructure are still limited. Unfortunately, infrastructure often remains physically inaccessible to them.

To overcome this, Water for Women's research partner, Monash University and Emory University have partnered through their Water for Women RISE Indonesia project with a local organisation of persons with disabilities, the South Sulawesi PerDIK Foundation. PerDIK have provided RISE Indonesia field workers with an in-depth understanding of disabilities before they conducted online household surveys.

Disability Online Training has enlightened the fieldworker’s approach to conducting research with people with disabilities. 

"Our perspective on disability is different,” said Pak Hamdan.

Pak's day-to-day work as a field officer is to conduct human and environmental sampling and also household surveys. Thanks to this training, his perspective on disability has changed. He works closely with people with different needs in several settlements in the RISE research locations.

During the training, Pak Hamdan got a new perspective on how to capture data about disability using the Washington Group Questions.

"The training has helped us to identify people in the research locations with different abilities who might find it harder to take part in the program or receive the benefits of the program" he said. He also learned that “Society often gives labels to people with disabilities. Labeling that is often degrading, degrading, and marginalising.”

Capturing the experiences of people with different needs in a multidisciplinary research project is an important part of the online training program for this research project, led by Hasanuddin University, Monash University and Emory University, and supported by Water for Women.


Pictured: Online training from PerDIK (Monash University)


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