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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





DDWA is a not-for-profit organisation and all donations over $2 are tax deductible.

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

Please get in touch if you are interested in supporting or sponsoring the work of DDWA.



Would you like to find out more about peer support groups in WA?


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

Are you interested in participating in research projects?


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 the oldest and most trusted source of independent information, advocacy and support in WA, working for over 30 years for and with people with intellectual disability and their families and people who support them.

Our 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.