Culturally and Linguistically Diverse

Our CALD Team

We are an inclusive provider

Melbourne Disability Services endeavours to be an inclusive provider that does not discriminate against people from CALD backgrounds. We commit to this statement and aim to achieve this through many aspects of our operations, including promoting diversity in our recruitment and selection process when onboarding new staff members, training our staff members on Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities, matching NDIS participants with support workers from their background or ethnicity if this is their expressed preference.

Melbourne Disability Services acknowledges that the communities we serve have a wide range of Culturally and Linguistically diverse people and we recognise what people from CALD backgrounds have to offer and what can be achieved by having a versatile team from CALD backgrounds. We have a small team of support workers and office staff including management who collectively speak over 30 languages.

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Social & Community Barriers

Melbourne Disability Services understands that people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds can face additional barriers with regards to inclusion, stigma, pre-migration trauma, communication, institutional racism, lack of local knowledge of the community and how to get around & a lack of awareness of CALD focused community organisations.

We recognise the importance of addressing these cultural barriers within the disability sector and endeavour to support people living with disabilities especially those from CALD backgrounds by breaking these social barriers and promoting inclusion so those from CALD Backgrounds can be included in mainstream services and become active members of the community.