The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has revolutionised the way disability services are provided in Australia, enabling individuals with disabilities to lead independent lives. As the NDIS continues to shape the landscape of disability services in Australia, it is important to emphasise the importance of cultural considerations. Embracing the diverse backgrounds of NDIS participants is not only a matter of respect but also a way to ensure that services are truly person-centred and effective. NDIS introduced its Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Strategy in 2018 with the aim of enhancing the NDIS experience for people with disabilities from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. It is a crucial first step in the direction of providing truly inclusive and equitable services.
Individuals with disabilities hailing from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds require personalised assistance to understand the NDIS and effectively convey their needs. Service providers must consider language barriers and cultural preferences. The use of interpreters or translated materials can bridge the communication gap, ensuring participants fully understand their options and make informed decisions about their care. The NDIS is already offering resources for CALD participants to obtain NDIS-related information in the language, medium, and format of their choice. Practice Manuals are available for Local Area Coordinators and NDIS Planners to equip them with a better understanding of different cultures and enable them to provide services that are sensitive to participants’ cultural backgrounds.
Here at Classy Life, we incorporate cultural considerations into every aspect of our support and services. We have a diverse workforce comprising of individuals from diverse backgrounds which enhances our ability to address the needs of CALD participants. As a NDIS Disability service provider, we are committed to being inclusive and responsive to the needs of all participants, regardless of their cultural backgrounds. Contact us today to know more about the NDIS and the services that we offer.