Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 7 June 2018) . . Page.. 2272 ..
Disability services—CALD support
(Question No 1287)
Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, upon notice, on 13 April 2018 (redirected to the Minister for Disability, Children and Youth):
(1) What supports and services in the disability service sector are in place to assist people of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds who are also in an NDIS environment.
(2) What improvements to build support and service capability are currently being considered for future implementation.
(3) What supports and services in the disability service sector are in place to assist people of CALD backgrounds in transitioning to the NDIS.
(4) How is strong engagement with family and support networks promoted for CALD people transitioning to the NDIS.
Ms Stephen-Smith: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) The ACT has fully transitioned all eligible participants to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is now responsible for the provision of funding and specialist disability support for people with disability in the ACT. The Scheme continues to accept access requests from people who previously may not have received supports or have recently acquired a disability.
The NDIA is responsible for assisting people to transition to the NDIS and has partnered with two organisations to deliver Local Area Coordination and Early Childhood Early Intervention services in the ACT.
Feros Care is the NDIS Local Area Coordination (LAC) partner in the ACT. Feros Care focus on participant capacity building, including plan development, plan implementation and plan review.
EACH provides Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services in the ACT to support the implementation of the NDIS. ECEI services deliver outcomes for children and their families through best-practice and family-centred approaches.
People of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds can also receive assistance from ACT based advocacy organisations such as Advocacy for Inclusion and ACT Disability, Aged and Carer Advocacy Service (ADACAS). Advocacy organisations help people understand the NDIS and what it has to offer. They can also participate in meetings with the NDIA and help participants who are not happy with the support they are receiving from the NDIS.
The ACT Government, through the 2016-17 Participation (Multicultural) Grants round, provided $2,091 to People with Disabilities ACT to facilitate community engagement with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.