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Elena Jenkin is a Research Fellow with the Alfred Deakin Research Institute. Together with Professor Matthew Clarke, Assoc. Professor Erin Wilson, Dr Kevin Murfitt and Dr Campain, she is undertaking participatory research titled "Voices of Pacific children with disabilities" based in Vanuatu and PNG. Funded by the Australian Development Research Awards Scheme (ADRA), this innovative research involves developing inclusive participatory methods that enable the voices of children with disabilities to be heard. It is hoped that further understanding the experiences of children with disabilities within a human rights framework will assist governments and donors to develop disability inclusive policy and practice. Furthermore, the tools developed will be available for use for so that agencies, government, donors and researchers can better include children with disabilities in programs, services and research. The research project involves a multi-staged capacity building approach between Save the Children, PNG Assembly of Disabled Persons (PNGADP), Disability Promotion and Advocacy Association Vanuatu (DPA) and Deakin University.
Applying community development and appreciative inquiry principles, Elena is interested in how disability inclusion is experienced and understood within development contexts along with factors that influence inclusion and human rights.
A PhD candidate, Elena has over twenty years experience of working alongside children and adults with disabilities in Australia, the Pacific and Asia. Previous research inquiry has involved understanding the outcomes of disability inclusion and disability inclusion within health services and systems.
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