Introduction

Diversity and Disability group
Diversity and Disability group.
Image: Wesa Chau
Source: ADEC

In 1981 the International Year of Disabled Persons inspired carers and people with disabilities in Melbourne to create a unique service, called ADEC.

ADEC stands for Advocacy, Disability, Ethnicity, Community. Today it continues to empower people with disabilities from ethnic backgrounds, their carers and their families to fully participate as members of the Victorian community.

People from ethnic backgrounds with disabilities face multiple challenges. These can include cultural differences, poverty, discrimination, bureaucracy, poor English proficiency, isolation and a background of traumatic experiences little understood by others.

This exhibition of 16 stories explores how some of the participants have responded to these challenges.