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Disability Royal Commission - CaLD issues paper

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability is seeking your help with regard to its latest issues paper looking at  ‘The experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse people with disability in Australia’.

The Royal Commission would like to hear from members of the public, but particularly people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and their supporters, on the questions set out in the issues paper. We seek information about the attitudes and understanding of disability within culturally and linguistically diverse communities; the experiences of people with disability from such communities; and how we can move towards the goal of a more inclusive society. 

Previous reports have found that people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are ‘often stigmatised and isolated because of attitudes and misconceptions in their own communities’.  This can be exacerbated by attitudes towards disability and cultural and linguistic diversity held by the broader community.

We want to hear about challenges and barriers, as well as good practices, and ways to better prevent and reduce violence against, and abuse, neglect and exploitation of, culturally and linguistically diverse people with disability. 

We are seeking your feedback in the following areas:

  • We want to understand how culture and language may affect the life course of someone with a disability from a culturally and linguistically diverse background.
  • We want to understand how culturally and linguistically diverse people with a disability overcome language barriers when trying to access support, and the pathways they follow to ask for assistance.
  • We want to understand cultural attitudes and the language of disability within culturally and linguistically diverse communities. We want to hear about how these influence individuals with disability, and how they interact with their communities. 
  • We want to know how communities can have positive or protective attitudes towards disability. We want to understand the reasons that people may not identify as having a disability even though they have an impairment.
  • We want to know how the different ways disability is understood in culturally and linguistically diverse communities may support and include people with disability, or how they might exclude or disadvantage them. 

You can support the Commission by:

  • responding to the Issues Paper on behalf of yourself/your organisation
  • supporting clients or people you are in contact with to submit a response, and
  • sharing the issues paper with others in your network who may wish to respond.

Responses can be in writing, over the phone, via video or voice recording or as an email. You can make a submission in your own language. The Issues Paper is available to download and has been translated into 9 core languages which are published along with the English language version, along with AUSLAN and Easy Read formats.

Responses are due on the 11th June 2021, however, people and organisations are encouraged to seek extensions if they would like to submit something but cannot meet the deadline.

Contact Shauna.Maguire@royalcommission.gov.au for further information.