Participant led training videos

The Summer Foundation has developed a series of videos featuring people with disabilities, which will be used to help train health care and support workers about the complex care needs for people with disability. The videos aim to break down barriers and provide greater understanding and awareness of how to provide the best care and support for people with disabilities.

This project is being funded by Innovative Workforce Fund (IWF) – an initiative of the Department of Social Services

Outcomes to achieve: This project will deliver a range of resources to support people with disability, family members and service provider organisations to develop ‘participant led’ training videos which will inform and direct support workers. The videos will be built around the individual goals of people with disability and although they would benefit a broader group, the process is being designed specifically with people with disability who are unable to effectively direct their support ‘in the moment’ due primarily to challenges to their cognitive or communicative ability.

Method we are using: The project commenced with a literature review and environmental scan and was also informed by a series of co-design workshops held with people with disability, family members and support workers. A series of demonstration videos will be produced which will serve the dual purpose of showcasing the end product, along with piloting the resources and tools being developed to support the making of the videos. Finally a business case will be developed to consider how these training videos can be of benefit to as many people as possible.

Partners: The Summer Foundation is partnering with people with disability, family members, allied health practitioners and service provider organisations to deliver this project.


The development of these resources is supported by a grant offered under the Innovative Workforce Fund, administered by National Disability Services (NDS) with funding from the Australian Government Department of Social Services. The opinions or analysis expressed in the content are those of the author[s] and do not necessarily represent the views of the Department, the Minister for Social Services or NDS, and cannot be taken in any way as expressions of government policy.