Mainstream and Me

The project aims to build capacity and confidence within our community members.

What we do

Inclusion Australia (NCID) was awarded an Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grant from the National Disability Insurance Agency in 2017 to deliver an innovative pilot project, Mainstream and Me.

The project was initiated to empower our community members by supporting them in training as Peer Community Educators to enable them to deliver presentations and workshops to mainstream service providers, organisations and businesses.

The project aims to build capacity and confidence within our community members so that they feel supported and empowered in seeking opportunities to engage with the mainstream.

As Peer Community Educators, community members bring engaging and enlightening information to the mainstream to encourage confidence in building sustainable relationships to enhance our community’s life choices.

2018 has seen our teams working across a variety of sectors, delivering workshops to challenge assumptions and promote our capacity and abilities to engage with the wider community in all facets of life.

Mainstream & Me 2018

You can find more videos in our Video gallery.

Our team members have engaged with national stakeholders with a number of presentations including the Inclusion Australia Employment Forum, NDIA CEO Forum, Speak Out Conference, VALID Having a Say Conference and NDIA Partners Meeting.

Each State agency has identified particular areas of expertise and engagement and promote the exchange of information across state borders and all sectors working with our community.

Speak Out – Tasmania

Connecting parents with intellectual disability with mainstream service provision and educational programs for stakeholders to promote greater understanding.


Building capacity and promoting inclusive practice and community building with peer community educators as leaders.

VALID – Victoria

Promoting inclusion across sporting, leisure, arts and recreational sectors.

Parent to Parent – Queensland

Promoting inclusive and innovative employment opportunities across multiple sectors with peer community educators as leaders.