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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





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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

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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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BOARD CHAIR Mr Mal Cronstedt - Mal's public service career spans over thirty years, and he was appointed Executive Director, Office of Emergency Management in 2014. Mal and his wife Marcie have three children; a 14 year old son with Down Syndrome, a 19 year old son with Autism and an 21 year old daughter with Autism. Mal has delved deeply into the disability sector in search of services and advice over many years, building a strong passion for improving the capability and capacity of individuals and their families to live a fulfilling life. Mal was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal in the 2013 Australia Day Honours.


DEPUTY CHAIR Mr André Shannon, Family Support WA -  André has been Executive Officer of Family Support WA Inc., a not-for-profit disability services organisation since 2009.  André previously held positions in the offices of several members of parliament, including the former Commonwealth Attorney-General, the Hon Daryl Williams AM QC and Senator the Hon David Johnston.  André is heavily involved in disability sector associations and groups in WA. He is the Constitution & By-Laws Chair of Lions Clubs International District 2012.  André holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from Murdoch University.



TREASURER Mr Bill Marchbank - Bill was appointed to the Board at the 2014 Annual General Meeting. Bill operates his own business, providing commercial, environmental and marketing services to business and government, and he also has 15 years experience working with community and industry-based not-for-profit organisations in various voluntary roles. Bill has a 20 year old daughter who has an intellectual disability, and he and his families have been members of DDWA for several years. As the Treasurer, Bill supports the board and organisation with his guidance in commercial, financial and governance matters.



 MEMBER Mr Darren Ginnelly, My Place - Darren has over 24 years experience in the disability field in both government and non-government organisations.  After 13 years working in a number of government roles, including as a Local Area Co-ordinator, Darren was appointed as Manager, Accommodation Services at Nulsen Inc.  He joined My Place in 2004 and was appointed the inaugural Manager, Direct Care Services.  Darren currently is the Managing Director of My Place.  Darren has been Chair of the National Disability Services (NDS) National Committee on Accommodation and Chair of the NDS (WA) Accommodation Sub-committee. He is also Board member of WA’s Individualised Services Inc. (WAIS). 



MEMBER Mr Kieron Flynn, Individual Member - Kieron has two young children, one of whom has autism and one has a developmental delay.  He is a director of public relations consultancy Blue Bay Communications, having previously worked as a senior Asia-Pacific correspondent and editor with international news agencies and newspapers in Australia and Hong Kong.  Kieron was also a public relations manager for Australian corporations operating in Hong Kong and China, and worked as a consultant to multinational companies with bases in Jakarta.



MEMBER Ms Wendy Cox, Ability Centre - Wendy joined the DDWA Board in June 2015. Wendy has been the General Manager Home and Community Options with Ability Centre since October 2014. Her career in service provision for people with disability started in the 1990's including over 11 years as Executive Director Accommodation Services at Disability Services Commission. Wendy has a particular interest in social justice, community development and facilitating projects and facilitating opportunities to support people with a disability achieve their aspirations. 


MEMBER Mr Peter Batini, Nulsen - Peter currently works part-time with both Nulsen Disability Services and Baxter-Lawley. From January 2014-October 2016 Peter was the Manager: Sector Knowledge & Development at Active Foundation where was was engaged in a comparable role. Prior to this time Peter worked at the Disability Services Commission for over 30 years including roles as Regional Director of the South West and North Metropolitan regions and was the Chief Clinical Psychologist. Peter holds a Bachelor of Psychology and Master in Applied Psychology, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has also completed a Churchill Fellowship in de-institutionalisation and the development of community-based services.


Immediate Past President 2013-October 2016

Mrs Katie Perpitch, Individual Member - Katie comes to the Board as a parent of three daughters, the eldest of whom is in primary school and has autism and intellectual disability. Katie's middle daughter attends the same school, where Katie is P&C president. A solicitor with the Australian Government, Katie has previously served on the Board of Kids are Kids. Prior to her law degree she worked in advertising and marketing, and she is soon to finish a diploma of sociology and anthropology. Katie is passionate about the rights of people with disability to be included in and supported by their community and equally passionate about those same rights for their families and carers. Katie concluded her term as Board Chair at the 2016 AGM and remains a member of the Board of DDWA.


MEMBER Mr Mark Furr, Activ Foundation -Mark joined the DDWA Board in September 2017. Mark has been the Executive Manager Operations with Activ Foundation since May 2016. After migrating to Australia in 2008 after 24 years in the British Military, Mark established his second career in community and employment service management before transitioning into the Disability Service sector in 2012. Mark has been employed in Local, Regional and General Management roles within Activ before his most recent undertaking as a member of Activ’s Executive. Recently completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course, Mark is committed to further supporting the empowerment and citizenship of people living with disability; as well as a supporter of change that the NDIS brings in enabling greater choice and opportunity for people.