The introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in 2013 was considered one of the most significant social policy reforms in Australia. The NDIS aims to enhance the independence of people with disability, improve social inclusion by providing greater opportunities of employment, education and training, as well as increase their social and emotional wellbeing (NDIS, 2017). In the era of NDIS, the historical underrepresentation and shortage of quality disability services for people with disability from culturally diverse backgrounds remains a problem (Heneker, Zizzo, Awata, & Goodwin-Smith, 2017; Senaratna, Wehbe, & Smedley, 2018; Zhou, 2016). What is more, it has been argued that the emphasis of personalised services and selfempowerment in the context of NDIS means that it may be more difficult for people from culturally diverse backgrounds to access high quality NDIS services (Purcal, Fisher, & Meltzer, 2016; Soldatic, van Toorn, Dowse, & Muir, 2014). Earlier research has focused on poor accessibility and
quality of NDIS disability support for people from culturally diverse backgrounds. New research is needed about how to organise culturally responsive disability support in the context of NDIS.
SOURCE: Fang, Q., & Fisher, K. R. (2019). “Culturally Responsive Disability Support-Community Access Network (CAN).” Sydney: Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.
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