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SSI supports refugee family with son on the autism spectrum

Iranian refugee Solmaz Hamdi Hesari arrived in Australia in April 2019 with her husband and their son, who lives with a disability.

From the CEO: A heartfelt holiday thank you

As the year draws to a close, it’s natural to reflect on the past 12 months and begin looking forward to the new year.

Reflecting on our past, present and future; our vision remains the same

Important milestones such as SSI’s 20th anniversary motivate me to pause from the present and reflect. Looking back over the past 20 years, I cannot help but be amazed at how SSI has both evolved as an organisation and solidified our core mission and values since our founding in early 2000.

Mother on a mission to support her sons with ‘invisible disabilities’ to live full, independent lives

Eve is the mother of three adult children with intellectual, social, and behavioural disabilities. She and her husband have uprooted their lives to ensure they can raise her daughter and two sons with the knowledge that their disability does not define them.

SSI brings its experience to disability service delivery in Sydney and South West Sydney

From July 1, 2020, Settlement Services International (SSI), in partnership with the NDIA, began delivering Local Area Coordination (LAC) services for the NDIS across two districts in NSW.

20 years: The SSI Story

SSI’s history is inextricably linked to its membership base.

Enabling people with disability to live the lives they want

SSI has a rich history of providing support to and advocating for the rights of people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

SSI selected to deliver disability services to 16,000 people

The Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Stuart Robert, today announced Settlement Services International (SSI) would deliver frontline Local Area Coordination Services for the NDIS in two areas in New South Wales.

Going above and beyond to support refugee and migrant women

Driven by their own experience of migration, two SSI staff have developed a community group for refugee and migrant women to combat barriers to social and economic participation.

Disability advocate seeks more accessible services for diverse communities

Yasmin Farhart, an empowered, south west Sydney-based Lebanese woman living with disability, is a professional public speaker, educator, activist and advocate for diversity and inclusion. 

From the Executive General manager: Employment support in settlement and beyond

Four years ago this month, our government made the historic decision to add an additional 12,000 places to Australia’s refugee intake for refugees affected by the war in Syria and Iraq.

Multilingual hub breaks down language barriers for people with disability

People born in a non-English speaking country have similar rates of disability as other Australians but are about half as likely to receive formal assistance. Settlement Services International (SSI) has drawn on its expertise in working with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities to address the need for culturally competent entry points to the disability service system to help marginalised groups gain access.

Ability Links kicks goals for young refugees

The latest project, launched in Lidcombe last month, helps bring together and support young refugees and their carers through a weekly social soccer meet-up. 

CALD disability needs overlooked by mainstream services

People born in a non-English speaking country have similar rates of disability as other Australians but are about half as likely to receive formal assistance.

Pip is painting her new future

  SSI Ability Links participant Pip Smith has won the Blue Mountains City Council Visual Arts Prize, and this opened new opportunities for her.

Italian theatre play goes on tour to raise disability awareness

Italian communities in Griffith, Newcastle and Wollongong will have the opportunity to access disability information through theatre as the play “Io Mammeta e Tu: Me, Your Mother and You” travels across the three towns over October and November 2018.

A brighter future for a father and his son

Xiaolong Yang is a middle aged single father who is living with physical and psychiatric disability. After connecting with SSI Ability Links through his linker Kathy, he began learning more about the NDIS, looking at ways to gain support from it and also have a more active participation in the community.

SSI welcomes State Budget support for vulnerable children and families

Settlement Services International welcomes the contribution the NSW Government is to make in support of vulnerable children, families, disability services and multiculturalism, according to the 2018–19 NSW State Budget delivered on June 19 by NSW Treasurer, the Hon Dominic Perrottet MP.

Let’s talk disability in CALD communities

More than 200 delegates and 50 speakers were part of SSI’s DiverseAbility NDIS Inclusion Conference on April 19.

From the CEO — Establishing SSI as a thought leader in global migration

At SSI we excel in providing essential services to new arrivals in Australia, but to achieve the best outcomes for our newcomers we must take our role a step further: we want to drive conversations about settlement and migration, and use our knowledge and expertise to lead discussions that will inform policy and help millions of people all over the world.