empowering people with disabilities from ethnic backgrounds!
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    Digital Respite: Using digital devices and technology to engage the young while providing respite time for carers and family. Running again in 2017!!

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Latest News & Events

Transcultural Capacity Building Officer


ADEC currently has a vacancy for a part-time (2 days per week) Transcultural Capacity Building Officer based at ADEC’s Werribee Office located at 1 Watton Street in Werribee.

The Transcultural Capacity Building Officer will work closely with ethnic communities, multicultural organisations, the mental health sector, peak bodies and government to strengthen their capacity to bring about local positive change.


NDIS and What it Means to Participants


ChiekoCrop250Chances are if you are a person living with a disability or caring for someone with a disability, you would have now heard all about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). It is quite difficult to get your head around all the information, with the changing levels of detail and complexity, more and more information is appearing daily.

Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities Inc. (ADEC) has been supporting people living with a disability (and their carers), from multicultural backgrounds, for over 30 years. Let’s look at one example of how the NDIS has changed the life of one of ADEC’s Japanese Carer Group participants.

ADEC, Multiculturalism and the NDIS Roll-out

alphasmADEC has been quite busy assisting clients from non-English speaking backgrounds to access the NDIS and other disability services. Since the roll-out of the NDIS in North Eastern Melbourne Area (NEMA) a large number of clients from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities (CALD) have been approaching ADEC seeking assistance around understanding the NDIS. Finding out what it means for individuals with disability and their families and how to access the funding and services.

ADEC Board Appoints Melissa Elston as Executive Director

Melissa Elston Executive DirectorWEB250ADEC is very pleased to announce that Melissa Elston has been appointed Executive Director, effective from the 16th of January 2017, Dr Sophie Holmes, Chair of ADEC’s Board, said today.

Self-Advocacy Training for Other Organisations

gateway-picture-cropped-smallSelf-advocacy is essential in this new NDIS environment. It has never been more important for those now holding full control over their service packages, to have the skills that will ensure they obtain the best service outcomes for their needs.