Category: Ethnic Minority Groups with Disabilities

  • Black and Ethnic Minority Project Report
    • This report is a summary of the Black and Ethnic Minority Project, which discusses educational and cultural issues faced by minority parents of children of with disabilities and young Black and ethnic minority adults with disabilities.
  • Building a Simpler System to Help Jobless Families & Individuals
    • This article focuses on best practices for people with disabilities from non-English speaking backgrounds in Australia to be self-reliant in employment. Word document format.
  • Building Cultural Competence in Disability Services
    • This resource is a guide to buiding understanding of how to work with people from a non English-speaking background who have disabilities.
  • Children With Disability Living in Detention
    • This article from the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) examines the discrimination children with disability face in detention centers when immigrating to Australia. The NEDA offers alternatives to detention camps and various ways to ensure the rights and care of children with disabilities from non-English speaking backgrounds in these centers.
  • Cultural and Linguistic Inclusion? Literature Review on Social Inclusion, Cohesion and Culture
    • This article addresses the state of inclusion of migrant people with disabilities in the United Kingdom and Australia. Suggestions of best practices are given to promote social inclusion of migrant people with disabilities. PDF format.
  • Disability and Schooling in South Africa
    • This book chapter examines how discrimination against people with disabilities and apartheid have both affected South Africa's investment in education for students with disabilities. PDF format.
  • Disability, Poverty, Gender, and Race
    • This book chapter argues that gender compounds and reinforces the link between disability and poverty. It also argues that disability, poverty, gender, and race are intimately associated with each other causing extreme vulnerability for poor disabled women of color. Focuses on context of South Africa. PDF format.
  • Disabled Students and Higher Education in South Africa
    • This book chapter argues that students with disabilities in South Africa, particularly black learners with disabilities, continue to be vulnerable to exclusion from the education system, including the higher education system. PDF format.
  • Draft Disability Standards for Education
    • Gives several recommendations to best include culturally diverse people with disabilities into Australian education. They point to weaknesses in current definitations and concepts and replace them with more inclusive standards. Word document format.
  • Equal Participation and Empowerment for People from NESB with Disability?
    • This article argues for the equal participation and empowerment of Australian people with disabilities from a non-English speaking background (NESB). It points out the various deprivations of these people and general proposals for positive reform. Word document format.
  • Human Rights: Australian Human Rights commission Legislation Bill 2003
    • This article is an explanation of National Ethnic Disability Alliance's (NEDA) opposition to the Australian Human Rights Commission Legislation Bill of 2003. They argue that several points in the new legislation leave people with disabilities from non-English speaking backgrounds vulnerable to discrimination. They offer recommendations to best include the rights of this population.
  • In Our Own Voice
    • African Americans have been discriminated against using mental illness labels throughout America's history. This article describes the ways in which poor living conditions for African Americans made them prone to labels of mental illness and the false diseases they were said to have. It shows how the healing proccess can start through sharing one's experiences and gives advice on future recovery. Download in PDF format.
  • Inquiry into Employment: Increasing Participation in Paid Work
    • This article examines the various barriers that English and non-English speaking people with disabilities face in paid employment. This spans from applying for work to fair practices after employment. Word document format.
  • Inquiry Into Immigration Detention in Australia
    • This letter from the National Ethnic Disability Alliance cocnerns the rights of immigrants with disabilities held in detention in Australia. It concentrates on the lack of individual rights for these individuals while in dentention. Word document format.
  • Inquiry Into the DDA: Conducted by the Productivity Commission
    • This submission from the National Ethnic Disability Alliance discusses the impact of the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) on people with disabilities (PWD) from non-English speaking backgrounds. While they support its efforts, they give several recommendations to improve the coverage of rights for PWDs from non-English speaking backgrounds. Word document format.
  • Let Me Speak
    • This training manual is designed to help people with disabilities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds learn to become stronger self-advocates able to speak up about their own rights, needs, and wants.
  • Migrants with Disability and the 10 Year Qualifying Residence Period for the Disability Support Pension
    • This article examines the 10-year qualifying residence period for migrants with a disability to obtain the Disability Support Pension in Australia. It argues argues that not only is this a discriminatory law, but it is in direct conflict with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. PDF format.
  • National Inquiry into the Social Impact of Caring for the Terminally Ill
    • This article examines the level of discrimination faced by people with disabilities and/or those who are terminally ill from non-English speaking backgrounds. They have less access to information and services which often result in the individual's isolation. Word document format.
  • NEDA Comments on Productivity Commission Draft Report Review of Australia's Consumer Policy Framework
    • This document from the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) is meant to advocate for the rights of people with disabilities of non-English speaking backgrounds in Australia as consumers. Topics include price caps and unfare coercion into contracts the consumer may not fully understand. Word document format.
  • NEDA Comments on Regional Telecommunications Review
    • This letter from the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) examines the importance of accessible telecommunications services for people with disabilities of non-English speaking backgrounds. Suggestions to best include these individuals are given. Special attention is paid to the lack of adequate services in rural areas of Australia. Word document format.
  • NEDA Submission on the Development of the New National Women's Health Policy
    • This article by the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) outlines the extra discrimination that women with disabilities who are from non-English speaking backgrounds face in Australia. Topics include lack of education, employment, and services/people to report domestic abuse to. Word document format.
  • NEDA Submission on the Feasibility Study Into an Independent Disability Equipment Program (IDEP)
    • In this article the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) argues that while the IDEP is a positive step for Australia's people with disabilities, it also argues that the IDEP must be inclusive of people with disabiliteis of non-English speaking backgrounds. NEDA gives suggestions to make the IDEP most inclusive for this population. Word document format.
  • NEDA Submission on the National Disability Strategy
    • A critique of the national disability strategy of Australia by the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA). They point out the various barriers people with disabilities and non-English speaking backgrounds are more likely to face than those from English speaking countries and give suggestions to improve this situation. Word document format.
  • NEDA Submission on Wage Determination for People with Disability
    • This submission from the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) establishes the current state of employment for people with disabilities from non-English speaking backgrounds. They advocate for an extension to the Supported Wage system for this demographic of people. Word document format.
  • NEDA Submission to the HREOC Inquiry into Employment and Disability
    • This submission from the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) reveals its position on employment with relation to people with disabilities from non-English speaking backgrounds in Australia. Word document format.
  • NEDA Submission to the National Human Rights Consultation: Towards a National Human Rights Framework
    • This submission by the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) to the National Human Rights consultation takes a human rights-based approach to helping people with disabilities from non-English speaking backgrounds. Word document format.
  • NEDA Submission to the National Mental Health and Disability Employment Strategy
    • This submission from the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) to the National Mental Health and Disability Employment Strategy focuses on six suggestions to best address people with mental disabilities of non-English speaking backgrounds in employment. Word document format.
  • NEDA Submission to the Review of Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (The Transport Standards)
    • This letter from the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) examines the various changes in public transportation which must be made to ensure the greatest degree of accessibility for non-English speaking people with disabilities in Australia. Word document format.
  • NEDA Submission To the Student Income Support Inquiry
    • Addresses the current state of education for people with disabilities from non-English speaking backgrounds. It covers the various costs of having a disability as a person from a non-English speaking background who wishes to go to school. Suggestions are given for best inclusive practices. Word document format.
  • Racial Discrimination & Disability
    • This article from the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) describes the various forms of extra discrimination people with disabilities from non-English speaking background are vulnerable to. NEDA examines laws currently in place concerning these issues and gives suggestions to decrease discrimination of people with disabilities from non-English speaking backgrounds in the future. Word document format.
  • Reality Check: Culturally Diverse Mental Health Consumers Speak Out
    • This case study examines the unequal treatment of people with disabilities who are culturally and linguistically diverse in Australia. It explains the various reasons cited for lack of care for these people from institution's lack of accessibility to preconceived notions of doubt in medical care left from past cultural experiences. PDF format.
  • Submission to the Senate Inquiry Into the 'Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (Welfare to Work and Other Measure) Bill 2005' and the 'Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare to Work) Bill 2005'
    • This document is a critique of proposed laws in the Australian Senate meant to increase employment of people with disabilities. The National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) explains why they believe these laws are counterproductive to their purpose. Word document format.
  • The Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association
    • This organization promotes the rights and interests people from non-English speaking backgrounds with disability, their families, and carers in New South Wales, Australia.
  • This is My Home
    • This article describes the results of a survey conducted regarding the treatment of migrants to Australia with disabilities. It examines the various ways which the migrants were not included, but also the necessary changes to create a most inclusive society. Word document format.
  • What Does the Data Say? People from non English-Speaking Background with Disability in Australia
    • This case study reveals the disproportional amount of Australians native to non-English speaking countries with disabilities. It gives various survey results and charts which help illustrate the magnitude of the difference. Word document format.