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Congratulations Sue Birch on 25 years at DDWA!
It's not often these days that you hear about people who are working with the same organisation they started with 25 years ago.
Sue Birch, Finance and Office Manager, has just celebrated 25 years at Developmental Disability WA. She says she has seen so many changes in disability over the years but some things remain the same and there is still much work to be done.
Sue first came into contact with DDWA, then Developmental Disability Council, as a parent of a young girl who has Rett Syndrome, a rare neurodevelopmental condition which affects girls almost exclusively.
“DDWA has been right at the centre of so many of the enormous changes in the disability sector in WA, in the 25 years I have been here,” Sue said.
“As a parent it’s important to me that there’s an organisation whose purpose is to work alongside families and others in the community, to influence decision makers, always with the goal of positive change.”
“When I was first at DDWA in the early 1990s, the State and Commonwealth were arguing back and forth about whose responsibility it was to support people with disability, and so DDWA led the way in the campaigns to get a resolution - with sit- ins, bus tours, marches with placards, marathon walks, trips to Canberra, letter and post card campaigns.”
“Today we advocate loudly and strongly but with the introduction of social media things are very different. We also take a very family centred approach, with the view that individuals and families absolutely have to be at the centre of any change that happens. If they are empowered, and confident, then they can be stronger in their pursuit for the changes that need to happen.”
2016 is the 21st anniversary of the Welcome Home Campaign which we launched in WA as a campaign to increase awareness of the crisis faced by many people who were looking for accommodation services but who couldn’t get them. The campaign had an immediate impact and the WA State Government increased funding for disability services as part of its five year plan but by 1998 many families were still in crisis and it was apparent the level of funding allocated was not sufficient to fully meet the need. A national campaign, Time to Care then evolved, with DDWA sponsoring this in WA.
Sue said one of the effective campaigning tools DDWA created was the Politician Adoption Scheme, in which Premiers, Ministers, backbenchers of all sides, from all parties were ‘adopted’ by families so the MP could find out more about the lived experience of disability for the individual and their family.
“Governments have taken responsibility for the legislative and administrative frameworks for the National Disability Insurance Scheme but it’s the families who introduced the idea, campaigned hard to get the idea heard, and who should be proud of what has been achieved so far,” Sue said.
“We are still waiting, decades on, for all people with disability across the country, regardless of which state they live in, to be given equal access to a quality support scheme.”
“Along with many people with disability and the people who love and support them I am hopeful that a scheme will be rolled out soon in WA, in whichever form it takes. I have no doubt DDWA and our members and supporters will be at the centre of the campaigns advocating for positive changes until they happen.”
After the recent number of bushfires in our State, it's a good time to review your own readiness in the event of a bushfire of disaster.
The booklet has a section which includes tips to support a person with a disability to be prepared for disaster.
If you click on the image of the cover, you will go to the resources page on our website where you will find this booklet recently provided to us by the Red Cross.
Click on page to open full version
The Disability Standards for Education 2005 report was released in December 2015.
The Standards are required to be reviewed every 5 years.
In 2015 the Standards were reviewed for the second time, and DDWA contributed a submission to this Inquiry which was held by the Senate Committee on Community Affairs.
We are pleased that a number of our recommendations are reflected in the recommendations of the Report and we will be working to see these and other objectives are progressed throughout 2016. Read more about the Report and our Submission here: EDUCATION
Videos of the presentations from the Come To Our House conference are now on our You Tube channel DDWA Inc or click on the link here to find out more: COME TO OUR HOUSE
Thank you to everyone who signed the petition: We Can Work with the Right Support!
Over 1000 signatures have been received, which means Inclusion Australia can now present the petition to he Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter MP. Read more.....
Side By Side's Vision: To help people with disability, their families and carers who share experiences of challenging behaviour to have a better life within the community.
Click on the image above to find out more about Side By Side.
Windows to our World was launched at DDWA by Bruce Langoulant, Chair of Disability Services Commission, at a DDWA Sundowner on 22nd October.
A trailer of the video series was shown, featuring Western Australians who have shared their stories about when their child was born, when they had concerns in the early years, their experiences with health and medical professionals, with education and therapy providers. They speak about their grief, their hopes and optimism, and their aspirations for the future.
Therapy Focus, Early Childhood Intervention Australia and School for Parents (based at Carson Street School) were all involved in the production of this video series which was funded by Disability Services Commission.
View the trailer here: WINDOWS TO OUR WORLD
View ECIA's videos: WINDOWS ECIA
View Therapy Focus' videos: WINDOWS THERAPY
View School for Parents (Carson Street) - WINDOWS SCHOOL FOR PARENTS CARSON STREET
30 September 2015:
Changes to the responsibilities of the Social Services Minister Christian Porter (Federal Member for Pearce, in WA), will see him focus mainly on disability and the rollout of the $22 billion National Disability Insurance Scheme.
The Minister has said the NDIS is now at the absolute centre of his portfolio responsibilities.