FutureAbility is an SSI initiative that supports 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.
We are supporting people with disability from CALD backgrounds through two important initiatives.
• The nation-wide Multilingual Disability Hub, a multilingual hotline and website that provides relevant and easily accessible information on disability and the NDIS to CALD communities in 14 languages.
• Education sessions in language to provide CALD communities with information on disability and the NDIS, to help improve their quality of life and community participation in the NDIS. These sessions are provided throughout NSW, in more than 15 different languages. Check out the upcoming sessions!
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).