Spreading the word: using film to share research findings and knowledge about children with disabilities in Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea


  • Elena Jenkin
  • Erin Wilson
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Robert Campain
  • Kevin Murfitt
  • Julie Anderson


knowledge dissemination, disability, development


While there is increasing international interest in disability inclusive development, people with disability largely remain ?unseen, unheard and uncounted? (UN ESCAP 2012:1). Children with disability, particularly, remain excluded from research informing development, and there is a paucity of information that is drawn directly from the self-report of children with disability living in developing countries. This exclusion occurs across all stages of research, including access to research findings. When child research is conducted in such countries, to gain further evidence to support disability inclusive development and advance human rights, researchers must question how findings will be reported back to participants and their communities, and seek a method that is both accessible and culturally relevant. This paper reports on the Voices of Pacific children with disability research project about the human rights of children with disability in Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea (PNG), and focuses on film as a dissemination method. Project researchers developed methods to enhance the participation of children with diverse disabilities as informants, and drew upon community development principles to disseminate research findings via film; a method that resonated with the aural and visual story telling traditions of participants. This medium also included accessibility features that have been utilised by local and international audiences.