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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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  June 2017:

Hanson comments miss the point on inclusive education

Click to read the media release

June 2016:


DDWA made a submission to the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) in response to their survey on Reporting on Students with Disability on My School website.

DDWA believes it is important to be clear about the purpose of reporting on students with disability on My School website before determining which is the best way for such information to be presented.

DDWA also considers that there may be better ways to present the type of information parents are looking for when making education choices for their child, and we have made a number of recommendations to ACARA. 

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

(click here for a word version: WORD)

Disability Standards for Education 2005

The Disability Standards for Education 2005 sets out the obligations of education and training providers to ensure that students with disability can access and participate in education and training on the same basis as those without disability.

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability

From 2015, all government and non-government schools in Australia will participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability. The first data collection took place in selected schools in October 2013.

Positive Partnerships

The Positive Partnerships programme is the education component of the Australian Government’s Helping Children with Autism package. The programme works to build partnerships between schools and families to improve educational outcomes for students on the autism spectrum. 

Completed Initiatives

More Support for Students with Disabilities

Under the More Support for Students with Disabilities initiative, the Australian Government provided additional funding to government and non-government education authorities to support services for students with disability or learning difficulties, contributing to improved student learning experiences, educational outcomes and transitions to further education or work.

Child Care and Early Learning

The Government has a Ministerial Advisory Council on Child Care and Early Learning. Commencing in July 2016 the ISP objectives are to:

  • support mainstream child care services improve their capacity and capability to include children with additional needs
  • provide parents and carers with access to appropriate child care  to assist them participate in the workforce.

Read more about the Inclusion Support Program here: ISP



November 2015:

Autism Specific School in Perth

A number of members of DDWA and other people in WA are supporting moves to establish an Autism Specific School in WA. John McGlue spoke about this on his morning program  on ABC Perth.

Taryn Harvey called in to say that an Autism Specific School was one of a number of options members of DDWA consider when looking at choices for their child's schooling, and people with Autism and their families represent the highest proportion of our new members which is growing significantly each week. Taryn invited the Education Department to engage with organisations like DDWA, which are in direct and regular contact with individuals and groups in the community and work together to provide the best options and outcomes for children with disability in Education. 

Telethon Kids Institute head of autism research Professor Andrew Whitehouse says WA is the only major State in Australia not to have an autism-specific school. NSW, Queensland and Victoria have several autism-specific schools and South Australia will have one in 2016. Professor Whitehouse says that there is some evidence autism-specific schools may be beneficial to some but not all children with autism.

Martin Clery of the WA Education Department says that the rise in students with autism in WA reflects international trends, and that the Education Department continues to believe the best way for students with autism to reach their potential is to mis with other students in mainstream schools, with additional support provided when required.

Parents of children with autism, in WA, have been working with Eastern States organisations to investigate the viability of an autism specific school in WA and information will be posted on this site as developments progress.


Nationally Consistent Data Collection Initiative 

The national data collection initiative started in 2015.

Not enough is currently known about students with disability at the national level to enable governments to target support and resources in schools to help all students to reach their full potential. A nationally consistent approach to collecting data on students with disability will give governments, schools and education authorities information about how many students with disability are enrolled in Australian schools, where they are located and the level of adjustments provided for them to participate in schooling on the same basis as other students.

Data from this initiative will be used to gain a clearer picture of the needs of students with disability, and give more support to schools so that they can better understand and implement their core responsibilities under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005.

A professional learning resource has been developed by Educational Services Australia (ESA), to help principals, teachers and other school staff learn about the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability. This resource identifies and guides participants through the four steps for completing the data collection. Other resources have been developed to assist schools with understanding and using the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability – these include fact sheets, frequently asked questions, school stories and notices.

In addition, a number of resources have been developed to help parents and carers with understanding the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability and how it may affect your child – these include fact sheets, frequently asked questions and a privacy notice.

Read more about the initiative here: Nationally Consistent Data Collection



At the Better Start website you can find out about funding available for improved access to early intervention services.  Eligible children will be able to access up to $12,000 in early intervention funding. Click here for more information on Better Start.