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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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Welcome to Developmental Disability WA

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

For almost 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 organisations that work for them.

A developmental disability is one that 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, direct to their email (or post if preferred), 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 can attend either free or at special reduced members rate, depending on the event. Members also receive newsletters direct and regular member e-updates, as well as having the opportunity to 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, fax 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.



Back row L-R: Teresa Pracilio, Bron Pike, Sue Birch, Lisa Dockery Front Row L-R: Mary Butterworth, Taryn Harvey, Jessica Toster, Helen Beesley