An integral part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) framework is that the support provided to participants must be helpful and accessible.
A way to achieve this is by providing participants with the opportunity to work with support workers who speak their native language.
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) participants make up 8.4% of all scheme participants*. The term ‘CALD participants’ is used to refer to participants of the NDIS who were either not born in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States of America, Canada, or South Africa, and/or where the primary language spoken at home is not English.
As of March 31, 2021, there were 42,265 CALD participants*. This is an increase of 288 per cent over the past three years and the numbers continue to grow. Therefore, embracing cultural and linguistic diversity across every touch point of the NDIS is not only important but essential to its success.
In this blog post, we will explore the crucial role of CALD Support in enhancing the NDIS experience for participants and how this demonstrates appropriate and accessible support in action.