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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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Welcome to Developmental Disability WA

Developmental Disability WA is a not-for-profit community organisation in the disability sector.

For over 30 years we have been a leader in the disability sector as a strong voice for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, their families and the people that work for them.

A developmental disability is one which a person is born with or which occurs during the developmental years of a person’s life.

Developmental disabilities may include:
  •  Intellectual disability
  •  Cerebral palsy
  •  Autism
  •  Acquired brain injury
  •  Other disabilities that have an early onset
A developmental disability lasts a lifetime and a person with a developmental disability may need care and support for as long as they live.


Individuals and families can become members of DDWA for free.

Members receive invitations to all our events - we host and/or partner with others to present workshops, information sessions, discussions and other forums on a range of topics.

Members attend either free or at special reduced members rates, depending on the event. Members also receive newsletters, regular member e-updates, surveys and other information.  Members can vote or nominate for a position on our Board at the Annual General Meeting.

For more information about members' benefits go to our membership page here or download a membership form here which you can send in to us by email or post. 

We value greatly and are strengthened by our partnerships with support groups and organisations,who can complete a membership form online here or download a membership form here.

Click here to find out more about DDWA's story.


Our staff: 

Front row L-R:  Mary Butterworth, Jessica Toster, Maxine Drake, Sue Birch
Back row L-R: Bronwyn Pike, Taryn Harvey, Teresa Pracilio, Grace Kelly, Lisa Dockery