Building Cultural Responsiveness
Increasing CALD community participation in NDIS ECEI
The National Disability Insurance Agency’s Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Strategy 2018 prioritises ensuring the NDIS is responsive to our diverse population and considers the language and cultural needs of individuals in the community to achieve full participation in the NDIS.
We are partnering with the Brotherhood of St Laurence Diversity Unit to build an evidence-based approach to putting this Strategy into practice.
Working with the community, we want to understand the current gaps in ECEI service delivery and identify tools and supports to improve access to services, engagement, and retention of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.
How are we doing this?
We are consulting with four CALD communities in North East Melbourne to identify ways of increasing participation of children and families from CALD backgrounds with ECEI.
We are currently working with community members to develop accessible resources including flyers and factsheets about our ECEI services to meet the needs of CALD communities.
We recently presented our preliminary findings at the International Society on Early Intervention (ISEI) Conference in Sydney in June 2019. We look forward to updating this website with tools and resources to share with the broader sector.
Feel free to get in touch with Diversity Unit Senior Manager, Hutch Hussein (firstname.lastname@example.org), if your organisation would like support to understand the barriers for your local CALD communities, raise the profile of your ECEI service amongst them and/or receive Cross-cultural Responsiveness Training about working with CALD communities with a disability.