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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

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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 Health Circle No. 1 -  Substitute Decision Making





In April 2015 DDWA held the first of our Health Circles for Members at City West Lotteries House.

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The Health Circle was an opportunity for members to talk about  health issues affecting them, their family member or person they support, and to be part of designing resources, information, skills and education to help them have a strong voice in the health care. 

Our April discussion focussed on substitute decision making and difficult decisions:

  • How can I help the person I care about understand what's happening to them?
  • How would I respond if a decision had to be made in a medical emergency?
  • How do I weigh up a possible side effect when I'm making a decision about treatment?
  • How do I think through end-of-life care decisions for someone with a terminal illness?
  • Am I confident that I've given them the best chance of being part of this decision?
  • Do I have the authority to make that decision?
  • What does 'dignity of risk' mean when we're talking about health?

The findings in this report have formed a foundation for some of our future work with people with intellectual and other developmental disability and their families to access good quality health care.

The report has been considered by the Disability Services Commission and Disability Health Network, and others who we will continue to include as key stakeholders in our work in health.