October 17, Bernie Leeman and Effie Meehan meet at the International Year of Disabled People event. ADEC project becomes an independent organisation. They and others of the Committee of Ethnicity and Disability undertake a research project through the Ethnic Communities Council to determine the needs of communities.
Funds are received from the Commonwealth Schools Commission Severely Handicapped Children’s Program to commence an ADEC project.
October 17, ADEC project becomes an independent organisation.
November, first AGM held at Carringbush Library.
ADEC survives on seed funding from the Commonwealth Schools Commission, grants from trusts and Commonwealth Employment Program funding.
ADEC in financial crisis. Director Silvana Scibilia secures emergency funding from Federal Government for nine months.
ADEC secures funding from Commonwealth and State Governments for a four-year demonstration project.
ADEC relocates with ten staff to 123-125 Sydney Road, Brunswick.
Director Liz Papanicolaou commences to implement restructure and three-year plan.
First computer purchased.
First ADEC newsletter produced.
First Home and Community Care (HACC) project commences.
ADEC’s mental health program begins as the ethnic access psychiatric project.
Gabriel Maligeorges promoted to Director with Maria Cesarello as chairperson.
ADEC restructures and adopts generalist advocacy model.
10th anniversary celebration.
ADEC hosts the first national conference of its kind in Melbourne, 'The Impact of Disability in Ethnic Communities; Meeting the Challenge'.
Education and Training Unit is formed.
First HACC Social Support group for carers commences.
Constitution reviewed. ADEC memberships doubles.
ADEC facilitates the establishment of the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA).
ADEC relocates from Brunswick to 13 Munro Street, Coburg.
A Statewide and a Northern region HACC Equity and Access Projects are now operating.
ADEC has completed over fifty research and service development projects since 1989.
Maria Cesarello, Effie Meehan and Bernie Leeman awarded life memberships.
Licia Kokocinski commences as Director with Patrick Testa as Chairperson.
HACC Social Support Program increases to 11 carers groups across three regions.
Multicultural Family Respite service commences.
Community Reference Group established.
ADEC relocates to Preston after Coburg building is damaged in storm.
ADEC launches five-year strategic plan 2005-2010.
First annual ArtAbility Exhibition held at Gasworks Park.
ADEC receives funding for Northern Region Network Coordinator.
Education and Training Unit program expands in partnership with Mediquest.
Mental Health program expands with new community development program.
ADEC now delivers four mental health support groups.
Statewide conference on ethnicity, ageing and mental health is held.
Individual Advocacy program expands to Western suburbs.
Carer and Mental Health self-help groups expand to sixteen.
ADEC receives federal funding for respite services.
25th anniversary celebration at Coburg Town Hall.
North West Partnership launched. "Fighting for equality: The story of ADEC" written by Meyer Eidelson is published.
Effie Meehan receives an award for her long term contribution to ADEC.
ADEC's legal name remains as Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities but our trading name becomes: ADEC - Advocacy, Disability, Ethnicity, and Community.
ADEC becomes a Registered Training Organisation.
ADEC create a partnership with the Immigrating Museum and presents the "Fighting for Equity" Exhibition.
ADEC opens the first Digital Respite Program for 6 to 17 years old.
Keith Hitchen appointed as the new Executive Director with Sophie Holmes as Chairperson.
Access and Support Unit commences.
ADEC opens a Dandenong and Werribee Offices.
ADEC reaches 1200 clients and launches the ADEC Newsletter.
ADEC becomes a registered NDIS provider.
Melissa Elston appointed as the new Executive Director with Sophie Holmes as Chairperson.
ADEC support a record 2,363 clients from 45 nationalities.
ADEC purchases its first property at Dandenong.
ADEC reaches 100 clients in our Aged Care Program.