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Creating Count Me In

Development of Count Me In

The Count Me In program was developed between 2007 and 2009. Monograph papers were prepared by members of the Disability Future Directions reference group and policy staff in the Commission to explore issues and trends that will affect the longer term future of people with disability, their families, carers, communities and service providers.

Authors of monograph papers and Commission policy staff met with Trish Harris, research consultant, to tease out the most important issues raised in their work. Disability Future Directions 2025: Heading in Helpful Directions provides a summary of Trish’s responses to reading the monographs and hosting the discussion group.

Her paper suggests there is no single ‘right’ way for the future to unfold for people with disabilities, their families and carers but that there are ‘helpful’ directions that may make a genuine difference and be both practical and imaginative. She discusses three factors: framing, listening and acting as vital to address important issues over the long term future.

People were asked to consider the future and answer questions about the challenges and opportunities that people with disability, their families and carers are likely to face. To get a broad range of opinions, people with disability, family members, carers, consumer groups agencies and Commission staff were asked to participate. People of different ages, family stages, disability types, geographical locations, and Aboriginal and ethnic backgrounds shared their views through individual interviews, group discussions and written questionnaires. Future Opportunities and Challenges for Disability: Stakeholder Perspectives provides a summary of responses.

A think tank was held to explore and prioritise information gathered in the monographs and consultations. Working at the Interface: Stage One Report and Discussion Paper was prepared by Trish Harris to integrate information from all phases of Stage One and to map out a framework for Stage Two.

Related publications

PDF versions (also available in Word below)

Disability Future Directions 2025: Heading in Helpful Directions
Future Opportunities and Challenges for Disability: Stakeholder Perspectives
Working at the Interface: Stage One Report and Discussion Paper
Demographic Trends and Implications for Disability Service Provision
Climate Variability and Social Vulnerability: A Brief Statement of the Issues
Impact of Medical and Technological Advances on the Survival and Quality of Life of People with Disabilities
Local, National and International Trends in Disability
Challenges Facing People with Disabilities from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) Backgrounds
Aboriginal People with Disabilities: Unique Approaches to Unique Issues
Workforce Planning: Summary of Composition, Trends and Issues
Carers of People with Disabilities: Current Issues and Future Trends

Word versions

Disability Future Directions 2025: Heading in Helpful Directions 
Future Opportunities and Challenges for Disability: Stakeholder Perspectives
Working at the Interface: Stage One Report and Discussion Paper 
Demographic Trends and Implications for Disability Service Provision 
Impact of Medical and Technological Advances on the Survival and Quality of Life of People with Disabilities 
Local, National and International Trends in Disability 
Challenges Facing People with Disabilities from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) Backgrounds
Aboriginal People with Disabilities: Unique Approaches to Unique Issues 
Workforce Planning: Summary of Composition, Trends and Issues
Carers of People with Disabilities: Current Issues and Future Trends