CALD NDIS Symposium, 11 October 2011
AMPARO partnered with Griffith University to present a one day symposium exploring what is needed to ensure CALD people with disability and their families have equitable access to the NDIS. This was held in Brisbane on the 11 October, 2016. For more information about the CALD NDIS Symposium click here
To view the presentation material click here
Building the capacity of CALD communities to include people with disability and their families in community, 2016
AMPARO Advocacy is working with bicultural workers from four communities to explore ways of both increasing inclusion of people with disabilities and their families within these, and reducing stigma and myths around disability.
These communities are-
Burmese community in Brisbane
Somali community Brisbane
South Sudanese Community in Toowoomba
Congolese/Rwanda Community in Townsville
This project has been funded by Multicultural Affairs Queensland and will run from July 2016- November 2016.
Information on AMPARO’s Participant Readiness Initiative project December 2014- October 2015
The Participant Readiness Initiative has been funded by the Department of Community, Child Safety and Disability Services to assist people with a disability and their families to prepare Queenslanders for the introduction of the NDIS in Queensland in July 2016. Nine community agencies have been funded to undertake this work and three of these agencies have resourced and partnered with AMPARO Advocacy to increase the participation of people with disability and their families from CALD communities in activities that aim to prepare them for the NDIS –
To do this AMPARO Advocacy is:
- Gathering information and research so we understand what will best help CALD communities to learn about the NDIS.
- Informing people with disability from CALD communities about the NDIS
- Creating resources and translated materials to assist CALD communities prepare for the NDIS
- Informing multicultural workers, settlement workers and community leaders in Queensland about the NDIS so they can spread the word
- Running information sessions and workshops for CALD communities
- Encouraging disability services to work in ways that are inclusive of CALD individuals and their families
- Raising awareness within government and community agencies of the importance of developing culturally inclusive strategies and ways of working with CALD communities
- Helping CALD communities to learn about the rights of people with disability, including and their right to a good life
As of October 2015 we have undertaken a broad range of strategies which have included-
1) Connecting with CALD communities
- Establishing connections and providing information to multicultural workers and community leaders in many regions and parts of the state to inform them about the upcoming NDIS rollout
- Developing and presenting information about the NDIS and participant readiness project to multicultural networks and community leaders in South East Queensland, and other targeted regional Queensland areas.
- Organising and delivering workshops and individual sessions to people with disability, their families from specific CALD communities including: those from Arabic, Bosnian, Afghan, Filipino, and Spanish communities.
- Disseminating information about the NDIS and the Participant Readiness workshops to multicultural workers who have newsletters and email distribution lists that target CALD communities in various areas in Queensland.
In the first 9 months of the project AMPARO has delivered –
- 22 workshops and/or presentations for multicultural workers and multicultural networks with over 306 people in attendance;
- 7 presentations for leaders of ethnic communities with over 140 people in attendance; and
- 5 workshops for specific ethnic communities, with over 83 people in attendance
These workshops and presentations have all been held in partnership with organisations including our project partners-
- Queensland Disability Network
- Community Resource Unit
And with the involvement and support of the following organisations:
- Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ)
- Latin American Community of Australia,
- Carers Queensland
- Islamic Women’s Association of Queensland (IWAQ)
- Townsville Multicultural Support Group
- Nambour Community Centre
- Centacare Migrant Services (Cairns)
- Multicultural Development Association
- Department of Social Services
- Cairns Regional Council
- Central Queensland Multicultural Association
- Centrelink Multicultural Services
- Toowoomba Council
- Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre
- Caboolture Neighbourhood Centre
- Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS)
These sessions have been run in the following locations:
- Hervey Bay
- Sunshine Coast
2) Providing cultural competency training and information
We have developed and delivered cultural training and resources for Mamre Assoc., Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) and the Community Resource Unit (CRU), and other PRI organisations, which included how to engage and work effectively with interpreters, multicultural communication and engagement strategies, disability and culture, and engaging with CALD communities.
3) Developing resource materials
In order to help inform CALD communities about the NDIS we are developing two translated factsheets- Understanding Disability in Australia and – What is the NDIS? These factsheets were required in part as translated materials on these topics in a range of languages is quite limited.
We are also completing the development of 5 short digital stories to explore the life experiences of people with disability and their families from CALD communities and ways that the NDIS may benefit them. We felt there was a need for this as AMPARO can find very few digital stories that explore the lived experiences of people with disability who are from CALD backgrounds, particularly from new refugee and migrant communities who are non-English speaking.
The stories will reflect individuals and families in a positive light and portray their lives in a respectful manner. Each story may have a different emphasis depending on the lived experiences of those involved and these stories primarily focuses on the lived experience of refugees from new and emerging communities. The stories are mainly told in the languages of those appearing, with English subtitles. The intended audience will be people from new refugee and migrant communities, but we also hope it will also hope they provide useful insights for the NDIA and providers of disability support.
NDIS information Session for Spanish speaking community members, held in August 2015
NDIS information Session for Vietnamese community members, held in Inala in July 2015
4) Project evaluation will be supported by research undertaken in injunction with our partners and Griffith University which aims:
- To scope what is currently happening in Queensland for CALD communities with regard to preparation for the NDIS.
- To identify better practices in cultural competence in this arena from other states.
- To provide some possible ways forward for practice and research.
Research with Queensland University of Technology
AMPARO Advocacy was approached by the School of Public Health and Social Work at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in late 2013 to participate in a research project: An exploration of the barriers to services and inclusion of refugees living with disability. This project was carried out by Dr Julie King, Associate Professor Dr Ignacio Correa-Velez, Dr Niki Edwards from QUT and AMPARO Advocacy has supported the participation of ten individuals and family members.
This research aimed to address the gap in knowledge about the characteristics and needs of refugees with disabilities by conducting qualitative research with refugees with a disability in Brisbane.
- To explore cultural and social aspects of refugee experiences of disability
- To explore levels of community support
- To ascertain awareness and knowledge of the support services available
- To understand how access to services is construed and which services are desired
- To gain an understanding of the barriers to services faced
- To clarify whether and how existing services meet their needs, and in particular explore the impact of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in providing services to this group
- Provide knowledge for service providers working with people from refugee backgrounds, especially in light of a changing service provision environment with the NDIS
- Provide information for AMPARO Advocacy in preparing advocacy materials disability
- Provide pilot research and a track record of research collaboration to facilitate competitive grant applications to deepen and broaden this area of research – target ARC Linkage
AMPARO Advocacy has incorporated some of the findings of this research in papers and submissions to governments as part of our systemic advocacy to influence positive sustainable changes in the lives of people from non-English speaking background with disability.