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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

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?

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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

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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  “It’s great to support and be supported at the same time”


About Side by Side

The Side by Side program is for families who have a son or daughter who has intellectual or developmental disability and

who has behaviour which can be described as challenging*.


Peer support is at the very centre of the program, and people can access supports for themselves, their family, and their son or daughter, in line with their needs.


What type of support does Side by Side offer?


· Peer support through connecting with a group, one or more other families, joining the closed facebook group, workshops, retreats, social events and other opportunities.

· Training for parents, families and carers

· Planning and support coordination

· Behaviour support  

· Specialist communication support



How will I know if Side by Side is for my family?

Do you:


 o have a son or daughter with behaviour which can be described as challenging?


o or your family members ever feel isolated, alone, afraid, saddened, stressed by the behaviour of your son or daughter?


o ever feel that if you could better understand or communicate with your son or daughter things would be better?


o ever have a need to share your experiences with others who have been down the same road?


o think you would benefit from learning new strategies or finding out what other people in a similar situation have done?


o wish you had support to work through the services and systems you are connected with or need to connect with?          


If you answered yes to one or more of the questions above you might like to find out more about Side by Side — please submit an Expression of Interest either online or by printing and sending the form to us.  

* For the Expression of Interest online form please click here.

* To print and send the Expression of Interest form please click here.


ve you and your family experienced any of the above


Have you and your family experienced any of the above


 and now feel that you would like to support another family?

Please contact us to find out more. 




“There was a good chance I would have had to quit work to support my wife, with the behavioural

issues with our child.


With the strategies we learnt I am still the breadwinner whilst being confident my family are safe at home.” 



* Challenging ‘...behaviour of such an intensity, frequency or duration that the physical safety of the person or others is likely to be placed in serious jeopardy, or behaviour which is likely to seriously limit use of, or result in the person being denied access to, ordinary community facilities’. Emerson, E. (1995) Challenging Behaviour. Analysis and Intervention in   People with Learning Difficulties, Cambridge University Press. 



Side by Side is currently available to people who self manage their funding through NDIS WA, NDIS or Disability Services individual plans.

Some parts of the Side by Side program are also available to people who do not currently have funding or a funded plan.

If you would like to find out more about support, or providing support as a Family Partner, contact:



Side by Side Program

Developmental Disability WA

2 Delhi Street, West Perth WA 6005

Ph: 9420 7203







Image provided by Craig McIver and Debbie Lobb, DSC


 Image provided by Craig McIver and Debbie Lobb, DSC



















Watch the presentations

DDWA's YouTube channel has lots of recorded presentations looking at challenging behaviour.
Click to have a look at the range of topics and presentations.


Side by Side has a closed facebook page for families who are interested in connecting to the Side By Side Group. To find out more information contact Bron Pike at 


Have you had a look at this resource?  "What is your child's Challenging Behaviour trying to tell you?.

This guide for families was updated in June 2017 and we're currently drafting the version for youths with Challenging Behaviours.

Volume 1: Click on image to open and read   




















Volume 2: Click on image to open and read



















Positive Behaviour Framework

The Positive Behaviour Framework was launched in 2009 by Disability Services Commission. 

Vision: To help people with disability, their families and carers who share experiences of challenging behaviour1 to have a better life within the community.

Mission: Building and supporting contemporary person centred behaviour support options within the community.

November 2014:

Read more about the Positive Behaviour Framework Disability Sector Update of November 2014 here. 

The Positive Behaviour Framework forum took place on 26 June 2014 at Technology Park in Bentley and was attended by more than 100 people.

The Code of Practice for the Elimination of Restrictive Practices is part of the Positive Behaviour Framework. It should be read in conjunction with other Positive Behaviour Framework documents such as:




 click to open and read the Side by Side brochure


Families have said:

 “Being a part of this program has made an incredible difference to our family.  I was feeling isolated and felt overwhelmed most days. I have four children, one has severe Autism. His behaviour affects our family life, especially his siblings."

"I was feeling desperate and that’s when I decided to contact the Family Mentoring Project (now Side by Side) co-ordinator and make some changes, all for the better. My mentor gave me insight and hope. It changed my view on our family life. We are able to share information and emotions without prejudice. I have gained knowledge, confidence and very importantly friendship. It really is a fantastic and inspiring project that I would recommend to other families.”

“’s great to support and be supported at the same time”

Read more here...

For further information about Side by Side contact Bron Pike at Developmental Disability WA : 9420 7203 or

1 "...behaviour of such an intensity, frequency or duration that the physical safety of the person or others is likely to be placed in serious jeopardy, or behaviour which is likely to seriously limit use of, or result in the person being denied access to, ordinary community facilities” (Emerson, E. (1995) Challenging Behaviour. Analysis and Intervention in People with Learning Difficulties. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.)