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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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May 2012:

click to openAt Developmental Disability WA our vision is for a future where people with developmental disabilities and their families live their lives their way. 

A good education is important for all of us to be able to live our lives our way.  A good education gives us more choices about how we live our life, gives us more skills to be an active and contributing citizen and more opportunities for work which we enjoy and which is valued.

When we participate in education we get amazing opportunities to learn new things, meet new people and be part of our community.  Education is an important way that our community learns about each other.  It brings people together.

We all learn in different ways and we all need different things to get the best out of our education.

As the peak advocacy organisation for people with developmental disabilities and their families, we’ve identified education as a key priority and we’ve been having conversations with families about the education of their children with disabilities. We've also been having conversations with people working in our education systems to gain an understanding of the challenges they are presented with.

Together we have identified some key areas for action against DDWA's three areas of advocacy:

  • Supporting people with developmental disabilities and their families have a voice;
  • Partnering with others to develop more inclusive communities; and
  • Influencing Government and other decision makers.

As the first step in supporting individuals and families to have a voice, DDWA announced Learn & Grow Family Network.  This is a project to support networks of families to share their knowledge, skills and experience so that they can feel more confident and supported in their advocacy for their sons and daughters.  It acknowledges that some families are already playing a very active role in their schools and other communities, and we hope that we can support those existing networks in ways that are meaningful to them.

Please let us know what your thoughts are as we continue our work in this priority area - you can become involved by being part of Learn and Grow or simply by contacting us to have a conversation.