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Telethon Kids Institute has developed a questionnaire to measure 'quality of life' in children with Down Syndrome.

They are seeking parents with a school aged child or adolescent with Down syndrome to road test their new questionnaire.

Siblings Australia is running a project, "Creating Capacity: Support for Adult Siblings Project" to build the capacity of siblings to understand the NDIS and to support their brothers and sister with disbility in the transition to the NDIS environment.

A reference group is being set up to guide the implementation of the project, and the group will oversee the governance and help maximise outcomes for siblings, people living with disability and their broader families in the light of the NDIS.

If you would like to find out more about this project, or be part of the reference group:



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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What is a host family?

Host families open their family homes and welcome a person with a disability to live there with them on a full-time basis. Host families are reimbursed to cover the daily support needs and living requirements for the person whom they've invited to live in their home.

Host families can also open their homes to a person with disability for a shorter period of time, providing them with a change or a break from their usual home environment.


What is home sharing or co-residency?

Home sharing, or co-residency is where a person supports a person with a disability to live in their own home. Home sharers, or co-residents, receive a salary and free or subsidised accommodation in exchange for the support they provide to the person with a disability with whom they're sharing a home.


DDWA has run a couple of sessions in the last 12 months, with information about host families and home sharing.

It is important to note that fostering is different in that fostering is for children. Host families and home sharing are for individuals who are adults though at times children may live with a host family for a period of time.

If you were not able to get along to one of our sessions, and would like some more information about host families or home sharing, please give us a call - 9420 7203.

Or have a look at the list below of organisations in WA offering these home options to see if they can assist you.


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DSC Accommodation Services - changes from government to non-government services

Developmental Disability WA would like to hear from people with disabilities or their families who are impacted by the Disability Services Commission’s decision to transition 60% of its remaining accommodation services to the non-government sector. 

We are keen to gather feedback from people on how this significant change is being communicated and implemented, and to ensure that people with disabilities and their families have access to independent information and advocacy to support them through the process.  We recognise that this is a significant change and that it has caused some families significant concerns.

The decision was announced in 2014 and the transition process is underway for some people.  The transition is being completed in three phases and an Independent Information Officer role has been created to provide information.  The Commission has committed to ensuring that individuals and families will have choice and control through this process and that if people with disabilities determine that they wish to remain in their current home that this will be facilitated. 

We are aware that already for several people with disabilities and their families this transition has provided a positive opportunity to review their service arrangements and life possibilities for their family members. But we also know that other people have concerns about the change and might not wish to proceed with change.

Developmental Disability WA has not taken a position on the transition itself. Our focus is on ensuring that any change is implemented in the best way possible and ensuring that individuals and families are supported well through any process and any decisions that might need to be made.  This includes access to independent advocacy. 

Most importantly, we want to ensure we are getting important information direct from families about how they are experiencing this process, what their concerns are and how these might be addressed so that we can provide systemic advocacy to the Disability Services Commission.

More information is here at the links below:



28 April 2015


The Every Australian Counts Campaign says of the crisis in disability housing that housing is the big sleeper

On Friday 24 April the State and Territory Disability Ministers met to discuss the NDIS and disability housing. 

The Every Australian Counts campaign delivered a copy of A Place I Can Proudly Call Home to the Ministers - you can read a copy by clicking on the image below: (or here for a word version)