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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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On this page you will find DDWA resources, as well as selected resources from other organisations.

If there is something in particular you looking for, please get in touch and we will try to help.

If you would like to watch video resources click here: VIDEO RESOURCES


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Have you thought about joining DDWA? One of our members benefits, along with resources like these, is that you will go on our mailing list and receive all our flyers, e-updates, news and information as soon as we send it out.  Membership of DDWA is free for individuals and families, and the people who support them.

Call us to find out more about DDWA membership or simply click here to complete your free membership to DDWA.



This easy to understand planning booklet can help people with disability and/or mental illness to think about their future and plan what things would make their life better.

Click on cover to open.  You can download a copy to print if you wish 





Walking Along Side me - Brochure: 

The NDIS in WA Brochure provides lots of examples of services to support people with disability and/or mental illness and also a step by step guide to accessing support.   

Click here to print or read the brochure.








This introductory guide is for parents, family members and carers who are worried about heir child's/family members behaviour.

Parents can feel under a lot pf pressure to 'solve' behaviour problems and are naturally very worried about the best approach to take.  There are often complex reasons behind a child's behaviour and it is rarely anyone's fault, rather it is difficult to interpret what their behaviour is trying to tell us.

Hard copies of this resource will be available to family members and carers in mid February 2017 while stocks last from the organisations shown inside the front cover. 

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THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS A SILLY QUESTION - A practical guide for families living with a child with chronic illness, disability, mental illness or a life-threatening condition.

This publication is available only in electronic copy currently, and hard copies are anticipated to be printed in 2018.

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KICK STARTING YOUR CHILD'S CAREER JOURNEY - A Guide for families of young people with disability

All families want their children to lead productive and fulfilling lives. People with disability also share this aspiration. More than 80% of people receving the Disability Support Pension report they would like to have a job. 

This guide by Sue Robertson, former Managing Director of Edge Employment Solutions, provides practical tips and information to help families plan constructively for their child's future employment. It's intended to be used in conjunction with a range of other online resources which are listed on the last page. 

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This resource by Dolly Bhargava provides parents with the latest information on the variety of support plans used in WA government schools.

Included at the back are several example IEP's Individual Education Plans for a child's academic, emotional and social needs.  

There is also a plan to support a child with toileting assistance needs.


 You can pick up a hard copy of this guide at your local Disability Services Commission office - Perth metro and Regional WA offices have them available for distribution.








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The resource by Heather Simmons is designed to help you and your family understand some of the strangeness and complexity that there is in our attitudes toward disability.

It aims to help you find a way through that complexity and has some ideas about how to see the worlkd differently.

It will help you to think about what really matters so that you and your family don't just get the services you require but get the life you want to live together









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Being your child's advocate - Derrin Kramer’s tips on Thinking Ahead – Learn How to Advocate for Your Child at School.
















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Dolly Bhargava’s workbook was written for a workshop on goal setting generally, but it is also beneficial for people looking at goal setting in the education environment










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 Bob Jackson’s book looks at understanding your child’s development  and helps you plan and make choices with your child to support them to reach their potential. 













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DDWA supported Heidi Brandis who compiled this book to help parents who are looking for more information following the diagnosis of their child with Autism.












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ECIA has produced the first National Guidelines for Best Practice in Early Childhood Intervention for professionals working in Australia's chlidhood disability services sector.

The National Guidelines draw upon extensive consultation within the sector and government, and provide a framework for excellence in service deliver.

The Guidelines will also support service providers as they prepare for the NDIS rollout.

ECIA have said that these Guidelines will help to ensure that no matter where someone lives, whether in rural, remote or regional areas, this will support their members to provide high quality consistent and evidence based practice.












Click on cover to open EMERGENCIES HAPPEN

This booklet has been provided by the Red Cross and is a useful guide for preparing yourself for emergencies.   

To download a copy click here -

Take the quiz to find out how prepared you are for disasters -

See page 31 (scroll down or see attached guide) for Tips to support a person with a disability to be prepared for disaster

If you require a plain text version, please contact the Australian Red Cross 1800 811 700










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 Better Start -  Better Start for Children with Disability provides access to early intervention funding. Eligible children with be able to access up to $12,000 in early intervention funding 












Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) WA – The Department of Education Services (DES) within the Department of Education is responsible for the development of the DAIP. The DAIP aims to ensure people with disabilities can access the services and facilities provided by the Department of Education Services.


Click on cover to openKnow your rights – the Disability Standards for Education-  
inform schools about what their obligations are to assist people with disabilities under the Disability Discrimination Act.














Click on cover to open Starting Out – A Guide for Families to Assist the Inclusion of Young Children with Disability into Community Life in Western Australia, produced by our wonderful partners at Early Childhood Intervention Australia (WA)









Click on cover to open Starting School - this third edition of the publication is a guide for parents of children in Western Australia

















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  Talking with my school - information by the Department of Education in Western Australia about how to raise issues relating to your child's experience at school, make a complaint or register a grievance about the processes involved