Western Australia's Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre (EDAC) has received $638,584 as a Lotterywest grant from the State Government, to help purchase and fit-out a new head office, complete with an accessibility lift and furniture. This will support its important work assisting vulnerable people in the community.
EDAC was established in 1995 to meet the needs of people with disability from non-English speaking backgrounds, and to improve the uptake of disability services. It now supports individuals, carers and families across 63 ethnic backgrounds who present with physical, psychosocial and intellectual disabilities. EDAC helps them access services and engage fully in all aspects of community life.
The new facility will enable EDAC to expand and support advocacy and community activities to enhance the wellbeing of Western Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds with disabilities, and their carers.
The grant announcement was made this week by Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia and Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson.
"People with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds can face additional challenges and are historically under-represented in accessing services and in engaging with their local communities," said Minister Papalia.
"It is essential that we have the infrastructure in place to provide accessible and culturally appropriate services in the disability sector. This funding will facilitate significant improvements in program delivery, as well as improved and additional support for clients – including counselling space, ongoing accommodation and flexible meeting rooms that will allow activities to take place at the same time to meet demand and reduce waiting lists."
Minister Dawson also acknowledged that people living with disability can often face added challenges in dealing with language barriers or cultural difficulties, and reaffirmed the McGowan Government's commitment to ensuring people with disability get the best of support, regardless of their cultural background.