Media, Inclusion and Disability: Resources for Attitudinal Change (MIDRAC)

Media, Inclusion and Disability: Resources for Attitudinal Change (MIDRAC)

This project examines the role that education can play in promoting schools as inclusive environments by developing communication practices grounded in the values and ethos of inclusive education. People with disability and their representative organisations have partnered with experts in education, media and communications from Indonesia and Australia to empower schools to develop innovative advocacy for communicating about disability and inclusion in the community and lead attitudinal change.


Media, Inclusion and Disability: Resources for Attitudinal Change (MIDRAC) is a partnership project supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Indonesia Institute at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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Project Team:

  • Dr Michelle Villeneuve, Chief Investigator, Centre for Disability Research and Policy, University of Sydney
  • Ms Sukinah Sadirin, Yogyakarta State University
  • Reny Indrawati, Wahana Keluarga Cerebral Palsy, Yogyakarta Indonesia
  • Nurul Saadah Andriana, Sapda Jogja, Yogyakarta Indonesia
  • Setia Adi Perwanta, Dria Manunggal, Yogyakarta Indonesia
  • Kate Finch, People With Disability Australia, Sydney, Australia
  • Prof. Gerard Goggin, Department of Media Communications, University of Sydney
  • Dr Dinesh Wadiwel, Human Rights and Socio-legal Studies, University of Sydney
  • Associate Prof. David Evans, Dr Michelle Bonati, Dr Cathy Little, and Ms Elga Andriana (PhD candidate), Sydney School of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney
  • Dr Michael Millington and Ms Pradytia Pertiwi (PhD student), Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney

Our Project Intern:

  • Ms Indriani Pratiwi, Candidate, Master of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney

Our Research Assistants from Yogyakarta State University Supervised by Sukinah Sadirin and guided by the project team

  • Istiqomah
  • Heru Purnomo
  • Irmawanti
  • Nur Izati Putri Ujir
  • Ilham Nur Aziz
  • Valentinus Yoga
  • Ainun Fajri Bestari
  • Andrean Ilham Listiady
  • Ade Koentriarti
  • Tri Vira
  • Fitria Meylinda A
  • Lucyana Fitriana

Institutional Support from Partners in Indonesia

Institutional partners include the National-level Ministry of Education and Culture – Special Education Directorate, the Departments of Health and Education in Yogyakarta, academic researchers in both health and education, and educational administrators from the Department of Education.

This action research also has the support of administrative leaders from six schools providing Inclusive Education (SPIEs): four formal education schools; two non-formal education schools.

These schools include:

  • Sekolah Dasar (SD) Giwangan
  • Sekolah Dasar (SD) Karanganyar
  • Sekolah Dasar (SD) Bangunrejo 2
  • Sekolah Tumbuh 2
  • Jogja Green School
  • Sanggar Anak Alam