About ARP

micThe Ability Radio Project began as a co-production with people with an intellectual disability (ID) and support workers.

In 2015 we ran a 14 week courses in radio production skills, supported by WWILD-SVP and the Community Living Association.

In 2016 we continued to train people with a disability via the People of The Air, a monthly radio group, with help from the Community Living Association and Nundah Activity Centre.

In 2017 we run monthly radio groups at Nundah Activity Centre and West End Community House.

We aim to increase the number of voices of people with a disability on community radio in conjunction with our other project, the Community Radio Inclusion Support Project (CRISP).

The content is intended to give voice to the challenges and triumphs of people with an ID in their own voices, to address issues important to people with ID and to provide information about services available in the community.  Content is driven by the participants, and produced with the guidance of support workers with experience in advocacy and radio production.  It gives people experience in planning, team-work, interviewing, audio editing and distribution in community radio.  It can help foster community engagement and self-efficacy.

Completed radio packages are broadcast on Community Radio 4ZZZ102.1fm and Zed Digital in Brisbane, podcast, and distributed to the Community Radio Network.  The course  is free to participants.


  • To facilitate social inclusion and training in radio production as self-advocacy for people with disabilities and mental illness in inner city Brisbane.
  • To provide broader learning and skills development for people with disability and mental health issues that may serve as informal experience that can be later applied in the workforce.
  • To support people with disability or mental health issues to tell their stories in their own voices, and to reach group consensus on how to do that. Aspects of this can involve discussions or debate; spreading awareness of social issues and boundaries to inclusion; reporting on news & current affairs; sharing lived experiences and also exploring passion, creativity and joy.
  • To showcase the many talents and abilities of participants.

Overarching goals:

  • long-term participation in an established disability advocacy radio show team on a community radio station
  • creating an evidence-base for radio advocacy as a vocational tool for mental health
  • fully document the process for the recreation of the experience via upskilled participants (increasing community capacity)
  • become part of an Australia-wide support network for people with a disability who want to volunteer with community radio

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