Empowering those with a disability from CALD backgrounds to have a voice

Executive Director Susan Laguna and Disability Royal Commission Advocates: Yvonne Munce, Nirosha Boaden and Sera Yilmaz
Executive Director Susan Laguna and Disability Royal Commission Advocates: Yvonne Munce, Nirosha Boaden and Sera Yilmaz

Together with Yvonne Munce and Nirosha Boaden, we are Disability Advocates for the Royal Commission at the Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association NSW (MDAA) who want to make a difference in the lives of individuals with a disability from CALD backgrounds.

The Disability Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability was established to better protect people with disabilities, achieve best practice and promote a more inclusive society.

To assist in the Fairfield community to participate, MDAA will be providing free advocacy sessions for people with disabilities particularly from CALD backgrounds within the Fairfield LGA in the near future.

Executive Director of MDAA, Susan Laguna said: "The abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability had been going on for years: mostly hidden and swept under the carpet may it be by services, family members or by the community in general. Through the Royal Commission, the voices of people with disability will be heard, and more unknown abuses would hopefully come out in the open; and consequently, changes be made in policy and practice. We need to always be accountable with our actions and always protect and promote the human rights of the marginalised of society."

Cuneyt Yusef.

Cuneyt Yusef.

Fairfield resident Cuneyt Yusef has battled the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) through his lived experience of disability in Australia, for the support he needs to live an ordinary life. He has an advocate from MDAA and has also made a submission to the Disability Royal Commission. He was able to tell his story to commissioners and make recommendations on how the NDIS should change. By making a submission to the Disability Royal Commission Cuneyt is working to make Australia a better place for People with Disability

"I have always had a dream to start a political party for people with disability. I want to make a change! I hope my dreams come true," he said.

Cuneyt is born in Australia from a Turkish background. When he was young, he travelled to Turkey to join the Army. He rose through the ranks, received many commendations for bravery and completed a PHD in political science. He wants to be the voice for those with a disability and ensure there are more services to support individuals in need.

To get in contact with an advocate or to find out about the free advocacy sessions, residents can contact MDAA at: mdaa@mdaa.org.au or 1800 629 072.