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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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People with disability are people first.

Emphasising the person, not the disability, may seem a subtle difference but it's important. It takes just two extra words or less than half a second to say 'person with a disability' rather than 'disabled person'. 

Here's some tips from the Disability Services Commission's guide for people who are writing about, or speaking about, people with disability, or about disability generally.

  • Avoid collective terms like ‘the disabled’, ‘the blind’, ‘the deaf’ – instead, use ‘people with disability’; ‘people who are blind’; ‘people who are deaf’
  • Don’t describe people by their disability; eg ‘an epileptic’, say ‘a person who has epilepsy’, or ‘people who use a wheelchair’, rather than ‘wheelchair users’
  • Refer to the person first: ‘Mrs Smith has cerebral palsy’, rather than ‘cerebral palsy sufferer Mrs Smith’. The use of Mr/Mrs/Ms at the beginning of the sentence highlights the fact that people with disability are people first


Rules of thumb

In addition to getting your facts right, you can also get the perception right by taking small but simple steps to ensure people with disability are portrayed accurately.

  • focus on what people can do; not what they can’t 
  • respect a person’s individuality and rights 
  • adults with an intellectual disability are not children; don’t portray them as such, eg ‘Mike, pictured with work mate Mr Smith…’ 
  • keep it informational and use standard human empathy and interest when reporting 
  • if a story is not about a person’s disability, then don’t mention it. It isn’t relevant 
  • avoid using excessively emotive language. People with disability are often portrayed at either extreme – as victims who have been dealt a cruel blow or else depicted as super humanly courageous in overcoming the odds and put on a pedestal 
  • include people with disability in everyday stories. People with disability shouldn’t just be in stories about disability; use them in vox pops – they make up almost a quarter of our population


Terms to avoid

  • normal and/or abnormal 
  • victim of…, suffering from the tragedy of…, afflicted with… 
  • handicapped, retarded, spastic, mental, imbecile 
  • birth defect/deformity 
  • brave or special deaf mute, deaf and dumb or dumb physically challenged, differently abled and handi-capable 
  • retarded, deficient, people with deficits, slow or slow learner, mongoloid 
  • confined to, restricted to or bound by a wheelchair. Wheelchairs are liberating, providing mobility to a person who cannot walk. Never use crippled or physically challenged 
  • medical terms such as patient or invalid … 
  • has the mental age of a three-year-old (or any age); there is no such thing as a mental age


Developmental Disability

Developmental disability refers to cognitive or physical disabilities that occur during the early years before the age of 18.

Refer to a ‘person or child with a developmental disability’, or where appropriate refer to the condition eg ‘person with autism, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, Down syndrome, or spina bifida’. 


Consider whether you are stereotyping a person with disability


Don’t assume people with disability should be pitied and treated differently
Do consider everyone deserves to be valued regardless of ability

  • Don't assume people with disability who do everyday things like getting married or having children are extraordinary
  • Do consider  people with disability can do many things, including everyday tasks such as paying bills, going to work, raising families

Don't assume people with disability are asexual
Do consider people with disability have relationships just like everyone else

Don't assume people with disability are a burden
Do consider people with disability contribute to the community


  • Don't assume people with disability are superheroes
  • Do consider they are high achievers, who happen to have a disability


Don't assume people who don't speak can't communicate
Do consider there are was to communicate that don't use words.

If you would like to read more of the DSC's guide, Words that Work, click on the image below: