Disability advocates have raised concerns about the lack of people with a disability from a migrant background who are participating in post-school education.
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SBS Radio
23 Jun 2006 - 12:00 AM  UPDATED 22 Aug 2013 - 12:18 PM

The New South Wales Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association says about 30 per cent of young people with a disability come from a non-English speaking background.

But the Association says their participation in post-school courses is as low as five per cent.

The NSW government has set-up a new Community Participation program for school leavers with a disability which includes specific services tailored to suit people from a non-English speaking background.

The association's executive officer, Barbel Winter says the government's new program demonstrates their willingness to cater for the needs of migrants with a disability.

“There's this huge gap where people just drop off the scene and probably just stay at home and do nothing and this initiative will see that people from a non-English speaking background with disabilities have a right and are eligible to services after school and that the services that are there need to provide for people in a culturally competent manner,” Ms Winter said.