Gary recently got up with Tolga Okar of the SpeakMyLanguage (Disability) social enterprise. A group looking at the unique challenges faced by Australians with disability who are Culturally and Linguistically Diverse. It was a terrific coversation covering a number of exciting topics.
The platform’s team are very conscious of the intersectionality of prejudice, discrimination and isolation that can confront some members of the Australian disability community. So that a person with disability, who speaks a language other than English, who is a person of colour can face three levels of prejudice. Rather than try to replicate the important work of existing community groups and social enterprises we want to connect to those groups and look for ways to collaborate with them. We are also very concious that the Advisory Board is very white and speak English as our first language.
Our hope in connecting to and speak my language is to find a way to collaborate together and perhaps to co-mentor some members. We would also be thrilled to add a CALD person to our Board.