The Ability Radio Project (ARP) is a radio training group for people with cognitive differences. It is a collaboration of Community Radio 4ZZZ & Zed Digital, the Community Living Association and WWILD Sexual Violence Project. The latter two organisations work with people with intellectual disabilities in the community. A pilot program was run in 2015 as a 14 week radio group in the training rooms of WWILD-SVP in Woolloowin, Brisbane.
ARP met once a week to learn about community radio, discuss issues with guests, tell our own stories and practice using radio equipment. We also went on two field trips to the studios of 4ZZZ and the ABC. We produced a radio series, Voiceability, for the Community Radio Network, available for listening on Soundcloud.com. In November 2015 we won the Tony Staley Award for Excellence in Community Broadcasting.
We now run a second, monthly group called People of the Air in 2016 and are planning a second concurrent group for 2017. We also have a monthly radio show on Zed Digital.
This booklet is intended as a practical guide to running similar radio-based groups. It is inexpensive and easy to run with the collaboration of a Community Radio station and disability organisation, and can make a meaningful contribution to improving peoples lives and having fun.