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Do you or someone you know use assistive technology? 

AT Chat is a peer to peer information and communication hub

created by people with disability for people with people with disability. 

See video here

AT Chat is being launched at a party on 

Friday 13th October 4.30pm-8.00pm

click on the flyer below for more details





DDWA is a not-for-profit organisation and all donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Your donation will contribute towards

- more workshops, information sessions and training for individuals, their family members and the people who support them 
- more resources being developed for families and professionals 

 - more advocacy and support for people in our community

- more advocacy and representation to the decision makers on the issues you let us know about and work on with us

Please get in touch if you are interested in supporting or sponsoring the work of DDWA.



Would you like to find out more about peer support groups in WA?


Are you looking for a service provider?

Click here to find:

- the link to the list of disability service organisations which provide service on behalf of Disability Services Commission, sorted by region: REGION

- the list of services registered to provide services under NDIS in our State: WA

Are you interested in participating in research projects?


Click on the image above to read the report....

"The lives of people with disability are often secret lives. We are routinely segregated and isolated from our non-disabled peers – we live, work and play in places which are not often frequented by those without disability. Often, we are lonely. If we do not have families, paid staff are sometimes the only people in our lives. We are shut out by barriers to participation in Australian life, and shut in when we are hidden in institutional settings."

(Report authors Samantha Connor and Ben Keely)

The Peer Connect website is for people living with disability, their families and supporters.

The website has information about having choice and control in your life, the NDIS, connecting with Peer Support Networks and getting involved with your community.


Duchenne Foundation in WA have published a great new story for children called "That's What Wings Are For". Part proceeds from sales of the book will go to the Duchenne Foundation.

Read more about it here, including an author interview 






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DDWA Annual General Meeting - Thursday 26 October 2017

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DDWA is working on a project which aims to improve information and advice for people with intellectual disability who have complex communications needs and for their families and carers. 

We are looking to connect with people to find out more about their understanding of communication systems, and also about how a person can contribute to setting their goals in their NDIS plan by using their communication system.

We have a short 11 question survey and a $50 Coles Myer voucher will be sent to a randomly selected respondent.

If you would like to find out more about this project please contact us - 9420 7203 or

If you would like to participate in the survey, click:   COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS





The WA State Government Budget was handed down at 2pm on Thursday 7 September 2017.

Click on the image below to find out more about the Government's priorites for 2017-18.





Sue Harris

1949 - 2017

 It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our former CEO, Sue Harris.

Sue was the CEO of the then Development Disability Council of WA from 1994 to 2010. During that time, she was the driving force behind the campaigns that highlighted the extent of unmet needs in services for people with disability in WA and nationally. She campaigned for a system that guaranteed care and support rather than families having to ‘beg’ for support.

Ultimately, these campaigns led to the introduction of the NDIS.

Sue was a tireless advocate for people with disabilities, their families and carers for nearly 40 years, despite her own personal health challenges in that time. Sue’s commitment to the humanity, dignity and equal human rights of people with an  intellectual disability often required her to ‘take on the system’ which she always did in a non-confrontational, respectful manner while maintaining her principles and integrity. She never lost her enthusiasm, energy and sense of humour despite all the challenges in her life.

Sue was a much loved colleague and mentor to many people and made an enormous contribution to the disability community locally and nationally.

She will be sadly missed.











DDWA has a range of resources

- hard copy booklets

- links to publications you can download

- You Tube channel DDWA Inc

If you would like to order one of these booklets or resources to be sent to you please contact us.








Developmental Disability WA (DDWA) is the oldest and most trusted source of independent information, advocacy and support which for over 30 years has worked with people with intellectual and other developmental disability, their families and the people who support them.

Membership to DDWA is free for individuals and family members, and others who have an interest in advancing the rights and needs of people with disability.

Find out about membership which is free for individuals and families




DDWA offers:

  • Resources – a range of online and hard copy resources, books and videos
  • Information - An independent point of contact for information about the disability sector in WA
  • Skills and Education - a wide range of training opportunities including workshops, discussion groups and other forums for people with disability, family,carers and community members Advocacy, service negotiation and one to one support is available - contact us if you would like to connect with an advocate
  • Newsletters, bulletins and flyers about current disability issues and events
  • Discounted rates for members to attend events and priority registration for popular sessions
  • The opportunity to raise concerns, express your views or provide feedback on a range of issues we are actively involved in at State and national levels
  • The opportunity to connect with a wide network of people including other families, support groups, support staff, therapists and other professionals, educators, academics and researchers
  • Support and practical assistance to support groups - we can help with administration, marketing and other support for a group’s events and activities 
  • Side by Side - a program providing support for families who have a son or daughter with behaviour which can be seen as challenging
  • DDWA provides support with planning and coordination of supports and services 
  • Behaviour support
  • Access to specialist communications support for people with complex communication needs




People with developmental disabilities and their families live their lives their way.


DDWA creates lasting positive change by:

  • supporting people with developmental disability and their families to have a strong voice
  • partnering with others to develop more connected and inclusive communities, and
  • influencing government and other decision makers


People are the experts in their own lives and have the right to self-determination and contribution.

Developmental Disability WA's members and constituents determine the priorities for change.  We have our finger on the pulse of the issues that are important to people with developmental disability and their families. 

We are most effective and influential when we combine our voices, stories and knowledge.

Read more about our Vision | Purpose | Values


What is Side by Side?

Side by Side is the name of DDWA's program for families who have a family member with disability and who has behaviour which is at times challenging.

Side by Side was co-designed by families, for families and as a strengths based program it aims to build resilience, knowledge, friendship and support.

Do you want to find out more? Call DDWA on 9420 7203




DDWA is a not-for-profit organisation and all donations over $2 are tax deductible.
Your donation will contribute towards
- more workshops and information sessions for individuals, their family members and the people who support them 
- more resources being developed for families and professionals
- more advocacy and representation to the decision makers on the issues - - you let us know about and work on with us
Please get in touch if you are interested in supporting DDWA,  or would like to find out more about our work.







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