Engaging with diverse communities is an important aspect of AMPARO Advocacy’s work.

People with disability who have limited or no English language skills and who come from diverse cultural backgrounds frequently encounter significant additional barriers to having their needs met. Through our direct advocacy work with individuals we become aware of additional barriers which restrict people’s access to important information and services and limit their ability to fully participate and be included in family and community life.

Engaging with diverse communities, and activities this includes, assists us to better understand the specific challenges and issues that people with disability and their families from culturally and linguistically diverse communities experience on a daily basis.

This work provides a sound basis for the education, awareness raising and systemic advocacy we undertake to influence positive sustainable changes to attitudes, policies, practices and resources within governments and communities.

National Disability Insurance Scheme

AMPARO Advocacy strongly supports inclusive, flexible and culturally appropriate engagement initiatives that will strengthen and increase the participation rates of people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

AMPARO Advocacy has promoted the need to build the capacity of people with disability and their families from CALD communities so they can fully engage and participate in the NDIS. We have also advocated for targeted communication and engagement strategies to be implemented by agencies to ensure CALD Queenslanders with disability and their families understand and able to access the opportunities the NDIS provides.

Over the last five years AMPARO has undertaken a range of strategies and projects to support this process and continues to build upon this work.  Further information about our previous community work can be found in past projects.

Current Project Work

Building the leadership, knowledge and skills of people from CALD backgrounds with disability so that they can be included and actively participate and contribute to their family and community life.

This project is funded through the NDIA’s Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Individual Capacity Building- 2020- 2023.  The project is currently in the planning phase however the timeframe for commencement is affected by Covid-19 restrictions.

This project will work in five targeted areas across Queensland- Brisbane, Logan, Toowoomba, Townsville and Cairns.

The project seeks to build the capacity of individuals from CALD backgrounds with disability and their family member to:

  • Increase knowledge and understanding disability
  • Increase knowledge of availability of services
  • Raise awareness of mainstream and specialist disability services and what steps are needed to access these services, including the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
  • Make informed decisions, and exercise choice and control
  • Speak up and voice concerns and protect their rights and
  • Participate and contribute to family and community life
  • Access culturally appropriate resources
  • Develop connections with their peers

Information and skill development will occur through a range of flexible and culturally appropriate methods.

For further information contact Lalita Lakshmi, Multicultural Engagement Co-ordinator, Ph: 0431708966 or email lalita@amparo.org.au

To view past work of AMPARO’s Multicultural Engagement Project click here