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Disability Services

Diversity & Disability Program

Diversity & Disability (DnD) program is a disability self-advocacy program delivered at the MRC NWR St Albans offices. We provide support to people with a disability from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background to speak for themselves and achieve their full potential as valued citizens of the community.

 

DnD aspires to enhance the freedom, independence, knowledge and opportunities for people with a disability from a CALD background. DnD provides workshops on specific topics of interest or one-on-one support.

 

We do this through:

  • Self-advocacy skills development in a creative and fun environment
  • Connections with CALD communities to create attitudinal change
  • Enhanced participation and representation by people from CALD backgrounds in the community
  • Engagement with policy makers and decision makers within the multicultural sector and the disability sector
  • Consumer representation at local, regional and national disability forums

DnD is run by people with a disability for people with a disability to provide self-advocacy support and information to people interested in disability and ethnicity.

 

The program has eight different support groups;

  • the DnD Women and Men Support Groups
  • DnD Creative Writing Group
  • DnD Conflict Resolution Group
  • DnD Theatre and Acting Group
  • two DnD Music Therapy Groups
  • and a DnD Art Group

Each group is aimed at generating creative and empowering opportunities for people who are not participating in community activities outside of their disability day services.

 

Disability Advocacy

 

The MRC NWR Disability Advocacy Program provides assistance and support to people with a disability, their carers and families, who are from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities and having difficulty accessing information and services or have been discriminated against.  Our staff assists people with a disability to assert their rights as valued members of society and to participate in making decisions about their lives.

 

For more information about our DnD and/or Disability Advocacy program please call our office on (03) 9367 6044 .

 

 

These programs are supported by the Australian Government and funded by the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services.