Community Connectors – NDIS
Members of Victoria’s multicultural community may face additional barriers when trying to access government services. This can include differences in culture or language, or not knowing what services are available.
The Multicultural NDIS Community Connector Program supports people from multicultural backgrounds to engage with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The Community Connectors could help you apply for the NDIS, better understand the NDIS process, and connect you with your local NDIS contacts and services.
Our aim is for people with disabilities to live independent and empowered lives.
This is a free service and currently available to people with disabilities, carers and families from multicultural backgrounds who are living in Brimbank, Darebin, Hume, Moreland, Whittlesea, and Greater Shepparton.
- Families of children aged 0-6 with developmental delay or disability.
- A person 7 to 65 years of age with a disability that affects their ability to engage in daily activities.
- Australian citizens, permanent residents, holders of Protection Special Category Visas.
We have staff who speak the following languages:
- Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Dinka, Hindi, Punjabi, Somali, Tigre, Tigrinya, Turkish, Urdu and Vietnamese.
Referrals accepted by means of service providers or Self-Referral by calling, 9am – 5pm on weekdays, ECCV Project Coordinators on:
- Surmeli Aydogan: 0466 038 261
- Shahnoor Shah: 0413 681 988
- Or sending your enquiry or referral form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Access to Interpreters
Translating and Interpreting Services (TIS) provides access to phone and on-site interpreting services in over 150 languages. Call 13 14 50 and ask them to contact your local service provider.
Once the participant gets in touch with ECCV, they will be assigned a Community Connector to support them through their NDIS journey.
Funded by the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Council of Australia.
For more information and case studies, please visit the FECCA website here.
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