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This issues paper is asking the public to share their views about the experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse people with disability. We are especially interested in the views of all people with disabilities and their family and supporters.

The issues paper asks 13 questions to help people and organisations to provide responses. The paper is available in Easy Read, PDF and DOCX.

How to respond

We encourage responses from individuals and organisations by 11 June 2021. After this date, any comments about this issues paper can be made via the submissions process.

Responses to the issues paper can be provided, either:

  • electronically to DRCEnquiries@royalcommission.gov.au
  • in writing to GPO Box 1422, Brisbane, Queensland 4001
  • by phone on 1800 517 199 or +61 7 3734 1900, we can make a time with you to take your response over the phone (Monday to Friday, excluding national public holidays)
  • by audio recording
  • by video recording.

Responses can be in any language. The Royal Commission will translate the response to English.

We may make your response public unless you tell us not to.

Issues paper (Auslan) - The experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse people with disability

 

Experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse people with disability Issues paper

Introduction

We have released a new issues paper about the experiences of people with a disability from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

A person who comes from a culturally and linguistically diverse background may be someone who has migrated to Australia and has a different culture. Or a person who speaks or signs a different language at home other than English.

This video is a summary of the issues paper. The full paper is available on our website.

We want to better understand violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We would like to hear from people with disability, their families, supporters and the wider community. We’re particularly interested in hearing about experiences of women and children with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Your feedback will help us in our work. It will inform our recommendations to make it a safer, better society for people with disability.

Attitudes and understanding of disability

We want to hear about attitudes and understanding of disability within culturally and linguistically diverse communities:

  • What does disability mean in your culture?
  • How do attitudes and understanding of disability influence your interactions with your community, and in broader society?
  • Do communities have positive or protective attitudes towards people with disability?
  • Do community views support and include people with disability?
  • Do community attitudes exclude or disadvantage people with disability?

Challenges and barriers

We want to hear about the challenges and barriers for people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

How do you interact with services like:

  • health – for example doctors, hospitals, dentists, community health services, mental health services
  • immigration
  • police
  • courts
  • transport
  • group homes
  • NDIS?

Challenges and barriers might include things like:

  • lack of access to translated information and interpreters
  • lack of services that are sensitive to the needs of people from different cultural backgrounds.

Good practice

We are also interested in hearing about good practices and ways to better prevent and reduce violence, abuse neglect and exploitation of people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

This may include things like:

  • promoting services to culturally and linguistically diverse communities so that people from different backgrounds are aware of them and can access them
  • providing cross cultural training for staff that includes awareness, understanding and skills in managing cultural differences.

How to respond

At the end of our issues paper, there is a list of questions about these topics that you can respond to. You don’t have to answer every question. You can respond in any way you like. This might be in writing or by a video recording.

To find the full issues paper, and more information about how you can respond, go to the

‘Policy & research’ section on our website.

www.disability.royalcommission.gov.au