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People with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse communities urged to engage with Disability Royal Commission

People with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities are being urged to submit their stories of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation with the Disability Royal Commission via their smart phones.

Chair of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, Mr Ronald Sackville AO QC, said there is limited data about the experiences of people with disability from CALD background and it is important to hear from this sector of the community in order to determine its ultimate findings.

“Hearing about the experiences of Australians from linguistically and culturally diverse communities is of great importance to the Royal Commission, as well as our wider society,” Mr Sackville said.

Whatever your cultural background and first language, the Royal Commission will translate your stories for inclusion in its investigations.

Members of CALD communities with disability can make a submission in any way that they want, including the use of a mobile phone, tablet, laptop or home computer. Written submissions are also are accepted.

People from non-English speaking backgrounds can make video and voice recordings in their own languages as an easier way to tell of their lived experiences; simply record and upload to the Royal Commission website

An animated video in various languages has been released to engage with CALD communities with disability with further information about how to make a submission.