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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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- 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

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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

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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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June 2016: 

Education - Reporting on Students with Disability on My School Website

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. 

If you would like to read our submission click here for a word version: WORD or the button below for a pdf


June 2016:

National Disability Advocacy Program (NDAP) Review

NDAP funds agencies providing advocacy services to people with disability. DDWA has not been funded by the NDAP however we strongly support the Program for its contribution to the sustainability of advocacy and advocacy services around Australia.

A review of NDAP is currently underway as part of an on-going, continuous improvement and reform process that will result in a new NDAP that delivers the best outcomes for those who need it most. The first stage of the process which included a call for submissions via the DSS engage website has now concluded, and further consultations are planned for the early part of 2017. Submissions can be viewed on the DSS engage website.

As the review is not expected to be completed and the plan for a reformed NDAP formally announced until mid- 2017, funding to current providers of NDAP has been extended until 30 June 2018.

You can read the discussion paper or listen to it.

Download the discussion paper

Download the easy english version of the discussion paper:


DDWA believes people with disability and their family and people who love and support them should have access to an advocate, or advocacy services, particularly to support them as they navigate and negotiate the NDIS.

Read our submission here:

29 MAY 2015:

2015 Review of the Disability Standards for Education (2005) 

The Disability Standards for Education were made under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (the DDA).

The DDA makes it unlawful to discriminate on the basis of disability in a number of areas of public life, including education.  

Other areas the DDA covers include employment, the provision of goods and services, and access to public buildings.

The Minister for Education and Training, in consultation with the Attorney-General, is required to conduct a review of the effectiveness of the Standards every five years. 

A copy of DDWA's joint submission with PWdWA to this inquiry can be found here: DISABILITY STANDARDS. A word copy is attached here. 

Click below to go to the page of our website which has information about this Senate Inquiry: 

December 2014:

The adequacy of existing residential care arrangements available for young people with severe physical, mental or intellectual disabilities in Australia

On 3 December 2014, the Senate referred the following matter to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report:

The adequacy of existing residential care arrangements available for young people with severe physical, mental or intellectual disabilities in Australia

The Terms of Reference are:

  1. the estimated number and distribution of young people in care in the aged care system in Australia, and the number of young people who require care but are not currently receiving care;
  2. short- and long-term trends in relation to the number of young people being cared for within the aged care system; 
  3. the health and support pathways available to young people with complex needs; 
  4. the appropriateness of the aged care system for care of young people with serious and/or permanent mental or physical disabilities; 
  5. alternative systems of care available in federal, state and territory jurisdictions for young people with serious and/or permanent mental, physical or intellectual disabilities; 
  6. the options, consequences and considerations of the de-institutionalisation of young people with serious and/or permanent mental, physical or intellectual disabilities; 
  7. what Australian jurisdictions are currently doing for young people with serious and/or permanent mental, physical or intellectual disabilities, and what they intend to do differently in the future; 
  8. the impact of the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme on the ability of young people in aged care facilities to find more appropriate accommodation;
  9. state and territory activity in regard to the effectiveness of the Council of Australian Governments’ Younger People in Residential Aged Care initiatives in improving outcomes for young people with serious and/or permanent mental, physical or intellectual disabilities, since the Commonwealth’s contribution to this program has been rolled into the National Disability Agreement and subsequent developments in each jurisdiction; and 
  10. any related matters.

The committee is to report by 30 June 2015. Submissions are invited by 6 February 2015, however the committee has agreed to continue accepting submissions past this date. 

You can read the submission by DDWA and PWdWA below:

Go to the Committee's website: here


The WA State Government's Community Development and Justice Committee inquiry into Accommodation funding and Intensive Family Support.

After consulting with our members and others DDWA appeared before the committee to give evidence, and made a submission which you can read here (word document) and here (pdf).

Our members further informed the Committee at a forum we hosted to provide the Committee the opportunity to hear from and ask questions  about people's experiences of Accomodation funding and Intensive Family Support.

You can read more about the inquiry, which reported in 2014, in the committee's report here.