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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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Australia is a party to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 

This is one of seven core human rights treaties to which Australia is a party.

Human rights are defined in the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011 as the rights and freedoms contained in the seven core human rights treaties to which Australia is a party. 

As part of Developmental Disability WA's work in systemic advocacy, we work with our members and others to uphold these human rights and inform decision makers about priorities for the rights and needs of people with intellectual and other developmental disability and their families.

If you would like to be part of the voice to create positive change you could:

- add your views in surveys

- take part in research

- apply for a grant to further your activities (where available)

- make, or contribute to, a submission to a departmental, government or other inquiry

- appear before a parliamentary or other committee or forum

or having your say any other way, then please read on, or contact us to find out more.



Understanding and Advocating For Your Rights:  Girls with Disability

Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) has set up the WWDA Youth Network to focus on girls and young women with all types of disabilities.

Do you know what human rights are?

Do you know what the UN Women’s Convention or the UN Disability Convention is?

Do you know how they all are linked to your life?

Click on the image to watch the video.




DDWA made a submission to the Department of Social Services, which administers NDAP, regarding the future of advocacy funded by NDAP.

DDWA is not currently funded by NDAP, nor have we been in the past, but we strongly support moves to strengthen and sustain a national disability advocacy sector and the individual organisations within it, as well as State based organisations of which DDWA is one.

Power imbalances exist and advocacy needs to address this power imbalance. Complaints mechanisms are accountability mechanisms but without advocacy there is fear for the consumer who understands that there is a power imbalance and that there can be consequences for speaking up. 

Individuals seeking advocacy should not be turned away because an organisation or agency does not have capacity to support them. 

We also believe Government and academia in particular would be disadvantaged if they were to lose the direct links to individuals which advoactes and agencies provide them in order to progress their policy and research work. Advocates and advocacy organisations are critical brokers also in supporting Government when Government needs to hear direct from their constituency. We ensure individuals families, carers supporters and others have a voice in communicating their experiences and expertise. 

The review of NDAP is not expected to be completed until mid 2017, when there will be formal announcement of the plan for a reformed NDAP.

Click on the button below if you would like to read our submission...


 The Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability (MACD) 


The 14 member Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability provides independent advice to the Minister for Disability Services on a range of issues affecting West Australians with disability, their families and carers. The Council is comprised of people with disability, family members and/or carers, advocates, service providers and others with knowledge and expertise of disability. Council members are appointed by WA Cabinet.


More information about the Ministerial Advisory Council and what it is mandated to achieve is on the MACD website.