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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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- 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

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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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April 2015:

Federal Government Response to Mental Health Review

In February 2014 the Federal Minister for Health announced the Terms of Reference for the review of mental health services and programmes.

All existing programmes across the government, non-government and private sectors were to be reviewed. The terms of reference can be read here (pdf) and (word).

In December 2014 the  Report on the National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services was provided to the Commonwealth Government.  The Report is divided into sections - you can read the various volumes, fact sheets and commissioned reports here: REPORT ON REVIEW OF MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMMES AND SERVICES

The Government has in recent weeks responded to the Report and announced that further work will be undertaken through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Health Council.  Read the Federal Health Minister's media release.

"The Commission has considered the Terms of Reference in the context of the Contributing Life framework: the right of all Australians to lead a full, contributing life, to flourish and to participate in their community. This includes population groups with a greater burden of mental ill-health and disadvantage and which, as a result, need specific attention: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; people living in rural and remote regions; those who are marginalised due to their sexuality, gender, cultural background or their job; people who have difficulties with alcohol or other drugs; and people living with an intellectual disability."  (Page 17) 


Jim Simpson of NSW Council for Intellectual Disability has summarised some relevant sections of Volumes 1, 2 and 3, Strategic Directions, Practical Solutions 1-2 years from the Report, as outlined here: Read more.......