Voting is a complex but important thing to do. While many people with intellectual disabilities vote in local, state and national elections, there are many who do not.
You have been invited to participate in this survey because you work in an organisation that supports people with intellectual disabilities and, potentially, their family. We are interested in your views on supporting people with intellectual disabilities to vote and the things that help or hinder their voting. We would also like to know about your experiences of supporting people with intellectual disabilities to vote, and ideas about programs to improve this support. You do not need to have direct experience supporting someone with intellectual disabilities to vote to complete this survey. There are some optional questions about your views and experience of voting.
As part of this research we will also conduct a survey of family members and focus groups with people with intellectual disabilities about their experiences of voting and the kinds of support they think would be useful. We will use this information to develop strategies to support people with intellectual disabilities to vote in the next Victorian State election. A steering committee made up of people with intellectual disabilities and people working in the disability support or advocacy sectors will be set up to help develop these strategies. This is an independent research project conducted by the Living with Disability Research Centre at La Trobe University, in partnership with Inclusion Melbourne, with funding by the Victorian Electoral Commission.
The survey will take between 15 and 20 minutes depending on the length of your responses. It has some closed choice questions as well as space for your open ended comments. Participation in the survey is voluntary and there will be no consequences if you choose not to complete the survey. You can also stop completing the survey at any time, if you close the browser you will be able to return later to finish the rest. Participation will be confidential. No identifying information will be attached to your responses to this survey.
This project is approved by the La Trobe University Human Research Ethics committee (reference number HEC17-025)
Questions marked with an asterisk (*) require an answer in order to progress through the questionnaire.
To say thank you for completing this survey we are offering two lucky respondents the opportunity to win a $100 Coles Myer voucher.
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