About ADEC

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Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities Inc. (ADEC) is a state-wide organisation that strives to empower people with a disability from Non-English speaking backgrounds, their carers, and families to fully participate as members of the Victorian community.


ADEC’s Vision

To empower people with disabilities from ethnic backgrounds, their carers and families to fully participant as members of the Victorian community.

ADEC’s Mission

The Mission states that the way to achieve full citizenship is:

To assist people with disabilities from ethnic backgrounds, their carers and families to access services and ensure that service systems are inclusive and responsive to their needs.


ADEC was established in 1982. 

In 1982 the Commonwealth Schools Commission funded the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) to establish a service for ethnic children with disabilities which maximise their opportunities for gaining access to services.  ADEC grew out of this base, originally under the management of the ECCV’s Committee on Disability and Ethnicity.

ADEC was established with the knowledge that it was the only service of its kind in Victoria and at the time, in Australia. (Although now there are ADEC equivalents in nearly every other capital city in Australia.)

We have celebrated some fabulous milestones since 1982, advancing support for people with disability.

ADEC has a long and proud history of serving the community and fighting for equality for people with disability from ethnic backgrounds.

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What's Happening @ ADEC?

  • Volunteer Opportunities

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    ADEC works for the welfare of the community! Join our initiative and help us change the world! 



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  • Employment

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    In ADEC seek talented people like you! Join us and be part of our team of professionals!


    There are currently vacant positions available at ADEC.

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  • ArtAbility® 2018 'Building the Future Together' Exhibition

    ArtAbility® is an inspiring visual arts program run by ADEC that unites a range of talented artists of all ages, from a variety of cultures who are living with a disability.

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