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news Still outside the tent P eople born in a non-English speaking country have similar rates of disability as other Australians but are about half as likely to receive formal assistance, according to a new Settlement Services International (SSI) policy paper. Attendees at the SSI Speaker Series event ‘When Disability and Cultural Diversity Meet’ and SSI policy paper launch.   Sydney in February, questions indicates that people with disability the goals and vision of the from CALD backgrounds have half National Disability Strategy with to one-third of the rate of usage of a particular focus on barriers and mainstream services that people enablers for people with disability born in Australia have had, and there Cultural diversity and disability from culturally and linguistically is no evidence to suggest that this in a time of reform, argues that diverse (CALD) backgrounds.  is a reflection of their preferences The paper, Still outside the tent: a more comprehensive and It suggests ways forward for that culturally competent response demographic to achieve greater social is needed from mainstream and economic inclusion. services to meet the diverse needs of people with disability.  The paper, released in Co-author of the paper, SSI Research and Policy Manager Tadgh McMahon, said: “Evidence or that they need less assistance.” The paper was launched at an SSI Speaker Series event, ‘When Disability and Cultural Diversity Meet: The role of community in driving inclusion’. PURPOSE-BUILT ACCESSIBLE ACCOMMODATION IN THE HEART OF THE CITY • Short Term Accommodation and Assistance (STAA) • Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) • Short-stay holiday apartments SEE U SOON – opening mid-2019 ENQUIRE TODAY! 1800 247 365 | 43 Franklin Street Adelaide, SA 5000 AN INNOVATION OF UNITING COMMUNITIES news 11