Statewide Disability Network

ECCV established a Statewide Disability Network in September 2021 to help identify key advocacy issues and support COVID-19 recovery for people with disability from migrant and refugee communities.

The State-wide Disability network aims to provide a unique leadership platform that captures the voice of people with disability from migrant and refugee background to address systemic gaps and barriers and improve access to support for people navigating the COVID-19 environment.

Key focus areas include the vaccine roll out, lack of accessible health information, digital literacy, economic challenges and emerging health, social and psychological challenges caused or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The network Engages with various levels of government, health professionals and relevant organisations statewide, to advocate and inform policies and processes. It also promotes information and resource sharing opportunities that embrace diversity and inclusion.

The network is chaired by Margherita Coppolino, President of the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA). Membership is open to:

  • People with lived experience from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds including carers, parents, and families of people with a disability.
  • Representatives from culturally diverse support groups and disability specific providers, ethno-specific, multifaith and community leaders from diverse backgrounds.
  • Mainstream, ethno-specific and multicultural organisations, Victorian state government representatives who engage with and represent people with disability from culturally diverse backgrounds.

The Statewide Disability Network leads a series of online event and workshops to support people with disability as part of the COVID-19 recovery process .

For further information contact eccv@eccv.org.au

Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19 on People with Disability

ECCV’s Statewide Disability Network held an online forum on Tuesday, 24 May on the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health and wellbeing of people with disability from migrant and refugee communities. The forum brought together experts including mental health care providers, practitioners and people with lived experience.

Workshops and Forums 

Lived Experience 

Nyrob’s Story: Mental health care during COVID-19

Nyrob’s Story: Mental health care during COVID-19

ECCV held a forum on the mental health impacts of COVID-19 in May. Speakers highlighted the persisting issues related to people with disability from culturally diverse backgrounds, particularly their increased susceptibility and vulnerability during the COVID-19...

Uli’s Story: Becoming a community vaccine champion

Uli’s Story: Becoming a community vaccine champion

Uli Kaplan is a disability advocate and CEO of Life is a Battlefield. He shared his experience of living with disability during COVID-19 with us– both barriers he’s faced and the benefits of getting the vaccine. Uli was born with a number of chronic health conditions...

The Statewide Disability Network is an ECCV-led initiative funded by the Victorian Office of Disability, Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH)

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