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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

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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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Developmental Disability WA is a not-for-profit organisation which has been a leader in the disability sector for over 25 years.

As the peak advocacy organisation in WA for people with intellectual and other developmental disability and their families, Developmental Disability WA welcomes membership from people who have an interest in advancing the rights and needs of people with disability and their families.

Developmental Disability WA began in 1986 as an organisation supported by Activ. Our purpose was to provide a representative voice for a number of organisations which were providing services to people with developmental disabilities and their families.

The organisations found that they had in common a number of concerns, issues and interests relating to the support, services and opportunities available to people with disability, in particular people with high support needs. At the time the organisation was named the Australian Association for Mental Retardation and in 1988 was renamed to Developmental Disability Council, or DDC.

Our new logo defines clearly our purpose - our work to advance advocacy, policy and community, for and with people with intellectual and other developmental disability and their families, and the people who support them.



People with developmental disabilities and their families live their lives their way.



DDWA creates lasting positive change by:

  • supporting people with developmental disability and their families to have a strong voice
  • partnering with others to develop more connected and inclusive communities, and
  • influencing government and other decision makers



People are the experts in their own lives and have the right to self-determination and contribution.

Developmental Disability WA's members and constituents determine the priorities for change.  We have our finger on the pulse of the issues that are important to people with developmental disability and their families. 

We are most effective and influential when we combine our voices, stories and knowledge.


Our membership and our relationships reflect the diversity of this community of interest. 

Our membership includes individuals and families with a lived experience of developmental disabilities, the range of government and non-government organisations that support them, academics and others with a professional interest in the field, and  decision makers at a range of levels, including state and federal politicians.


Sometimes people need skills and support to be heard.

DDWA connects people by facilitating supportive networks of mutual support and leadership so that individuals and families can learn from and support each other.  


Developmental Disability WA practices consistent dedication to long lasting change.

Developmental Disability WA has a 25 year history of consistently campaigning for the right of individuals and families to have certainty and confidence in access to critical support services.


Mutually supportive relationships sustain us and keep us connected, inspired and motivated.

Developmental Disability WA inspires people to be part of long term social change by providing an opportunity for people to be part of positive change that has personal significance in their life.  We share the human experience of disability in a constructive and change oriented way.


Developmental Disability WA's team is dedicated, empathetic and has the right mix of skills to facilitate change. We value communication skills, knowledge and experience, and relationships.