FutureAbility was an SSI initiative that supported people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to access information on disability and the NDIS in their language.
It is estimated that 20% of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) packages nationally will be used by people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds when fully rolled out. The current national CALD background participation rate is 7.7%, and 9% in NSW, highlighting an opportunity to increase the levels of CALD participation and representation in the NDIS.
Since 2015, the SSI FutureAbility project has been working to bridge this gap by going beyond the regular ways of communication and looking at alternative methods and channels that are a better fit for specific CALD communities, such as theatre plays, SBS in-language radio education campaigns, in language education sessions, regional round table discussions, workshops and the first conference held in NSW with focus on discussing issues and challenges specific to people with disability from CALD backgrounds.
The FutureAbility DataCube was commissioned by SSI in 2015 to review and analyse the extent and prevalence of disability among CALD communities in NSW; and to facilitate their equitable and active participation in the current national roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).