Developmental Disability WA (DDWA) is the oldest and most trusted source of independent information, advocacy and support for people with intellectual and other developmental disability, their families and the people who support them.

Established in 1986, our organisation offers free membership to individuals and family members and others who have an interest in advancing the rights and needs of people with disability.

Member Survey: Challenging Behaviour

DDWA is increasingly being asked to provide advocacy support to people with disability in the area of education and in particular for people experiencing challenging behaviour. We are interested to hear about you or your family member’s experience at school. The...

Member Survey: Communication Systems

DDWA wants to connect with people to find out more about their understanding of communication systems, and also about how a person can contribute to setting their goals in their NDIS plan. To be in with a chance to win a $50 voucher, please complete the short survey.

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Our Vision

People with developmental disabilities and their families live their lives their way.

Our Purpose

DDWA creates lasting positive change by:

  • Supporting people with developmental disability and their families to have a strong voice
  • Partnering with others to develop more connected and inclusive communities, and
  • Influencing government and other decision makers

Our Values

  • People are the experts in their own lives and have the right to self-determination and contribution.
  • Our membership and our relationships reflect the diversity of this community of interest.
  • Sometimes people need skills and support to be heard.
  • Developmental Disability WA practices consistent dedication to long lasting change.
  • Mutually supportive relationships sustain us and keep us connected, inspired and motivated.

Organisational Members

DDWA thanks the following members for their ongoing support: