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Fact Sheet 2: Access to Disability Services for people from Non English Speaking Backgrounds with Disability

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Disability support services enable people with disability to live independently and participate in social and economic life.

 

People from non English Speaking Backgrounds (NESB) with disability face significant barriers to accessing disability services in Australia. The Productivity Commission Report on Government Services 2009 suggests that people from NESB with disability are not using government funded disability services.

Disability support services enable people with disability to live independently and participate in social and economic life.

 

 People from non English Speaking Backgrounds (NESB) with disability face significant barriers to accessing disability services in Australia. The Productivity Commission Report on Government Services 2009 suggests that people from NESB with disability are not using government funded disability services.

 

  •  Accommodation Services provide housing and / or support to people with disability within a residential setting, including group homes, large residential facilities, and some in home support services. People born in a Non English Speaking Country are approximately 4 times less likely to receive accommodation support services than people born in English Speaking Countries. 
  •  Community Support Services provide support for individuals to live independently and include therapy, early intervention and case management. People born in a Non English Speaking Country are approximately 2.5 times less likely to receive community support services than people born in English Speaking Countries. 
  •  Community Access Services provide skills and activities to people with disability including learning and life skills development and recreation / holiday programs. People born in a Non English Speaking Country are approximately 2.5 times less likely to receive community access services than people born in English Speaking Countries. 
  •  Respite Services provide short term breaks for families and carers who support people with disability. Families and carers of people born in a Non English Speaking Country are approximately 3 times less likely to receive respite services than families and carers of people born in English Speaking Countries. 
  •  Employment Services either provide support to individuals to enter the open labour market, or provide employment within a supported environment. People born in a Non English Speaking Country are approximately 2 times less likely to receive employment services than people born in English Speaking Countries.

Participation includes disability, culture and language.

 

Australia has recently ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Convention urges respect for difference (Article 3), equality before the law (Article 5), freedom from discrimination (Article 5) and recognition and respect for culture and language (Article 30).

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 NEDA urges Australian, State and Territory Governments to take seriously the poor access to disability services for people from NESB with disability by:

  • Prioritising and planning for improved service deliver to people from NESB with disability
  • Ensuring that services are culturally competent and flexible to meet the needs of a diverse community
  • Committing to meeting translating and interpreting needs
  • Developing resources for advocacy and research in order to improve understanding and recognise the rights of people from NESB with disability.