Welcome to the Speak My Language (Disability) program where people from culturally diverse communities talk about living well with a disability.  

The Speak My Language (Disability) program involves people with a disability from culturally diverse communities talking about using personal skills, talents, and  community resources to live well, wherever they are.  We share real stories, tips, and ideas about accessible places, activities and opportunities, from people with disabilities and other speakers.

Over 2021 and 2022, Speak My Language (Disability) will produce content in up to 25 community languages including:

  • more than 650 interviews and make them available for FREE download
  • 150 broadcasts on community language radio stations around Australia
  • our very own YouTube channel

Speak My Language is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services and is proudly delivered via a national partnership of all Ethnic and Multicultural Communities' Councils around Australia. The Speak My Language model was initially designed by the NSW MAP within ECCNSW as an ageing program and it operated across three states (NSW, QLD and VIC). Over 2020, the Speak My Language model was significantly redesigned to address disability inclusion in contemporary multicultural Australia. The redesign was conducted by Jenny Bray for the Ethnic Communities' Council of NSW. The Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria and the Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre WA assisted us to trial and redesign the model.

For more information contact info@speakmylanguage.com.au

Program Objectives

Speak My Language uses the power of storytelling to deliver information to culturally diverse communities about practical tips and resources available in the community that support living well with a disability. 

Our Objectives are to:

  • Increase knowledge about disability inclusion

  • Increase access to inclusive and accessible community based resources 

  • Increase community knowledge about rights and choices for people with disabilities

  • Promote the human rights of people with disabilities

  • Recognise and celebrate the importance of culture in people's lives

  • Build capacity in communities

Guiding Principles

  • Speak My Language (Disability) will have a person and life focus not a disability or NDIS focus.

  • Adults with disability have the same legal and human rights as all other adults.

  • Children with disabilities have the same rights as all other children. Speak My Language (Disability) will vigorously protect the legal and human rights of children and vulnerable people.

  • All people are cultural beings. Each of us considers concepts such as 'individual', 'family', 'person-centred', 'disability' through our personal cultural lens. Speak My Language (Disability) will explore the importance of culture and cultural identity to our understanding of 'living well'.

  • Communities will be supported to explore cultural and linguistic influences and concepts about disability and inclusion.

  • Speak My Language (Disability) believes that communities are the greatest source of inspiration and support, and that inclusion is everyone’s business.

  • Speak My Language (Disability) will identify and address any actual or perceived conflicts of interest.

Speak My Language (Disability) will seek to build the capacity of all who encounter the program, including but not limited to:

  • Individuals
  • Families
  • Teams and Organisations
  • Community
  • Broader Society