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The Multicultural Disability Interagency

The Multicultural Disability Interagency (MDI) is a quarterly forum for groups, agencies and individuals dedicated to bringing together and maintaining the ties between the multicultural and disability sectors. The leading purpose of the MDI is to recognise, value and manage diversity in order to provide a fair, responsive and equitable services to people with disabilities and their families from cultural and diverse backgrounds.

The Interagency meetings provide a platform to:

  • Discuss common CALD issues and topics of interest that impact disability services
  • Build/facilitate the capacity of service systems to be culturally responsive
  • Promote disability services to CALD communities

A complete list of objectives set out by the MDI can be found in the Terms of Reference.

Following feedback from members, ECSC will periodically be structuring the MDI meetings to target specific topics. Last year, we executed a series of 3 workshops with key speakers, each with its own focus:

  • Forum 1: Key issues in the disability sector from the perspective of CALD people with disabilities.
  • Forum 2: Key issues affecting CALD people with disability from the perspective of service providers.
  • Forum 3: Key issues affecting CALD people with disability from a policy and advocacy perspective.

Speakers included (but were not limited to) representatives from the National Disability Insurance Agency, The Refugee Council of Australia, NCOSS, Vinnies and individuals living with disability who brought a wealth of knowledge to the conversation. Notes from these meetings can be found below.

The MDI meets quarterly at Ethnic Community Services Co-operative in Marrickville. A fortnightly update is distributed to members with current news, events and resources. Contact ECSC on 02 9569 1288 or email epdp@ecsc.org.au to be put on the mailing list or for further information.

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