Our Resources

All the current DDWA resources, as well as selected
resources from other organisations are shown below

Don’t forget to check out the DDWA YouTube channel

There’s no such thing as a silly question

A practical guide for families living with a child with chronic illness, disability, mental illness or a life-threatening condition.

This publication was updated in June 2018 and is currently only available to read and download here.

FREE printed copies will be available early August 2018.  You will then be able to obtain your own copy from DDWA, Kalparrin, Telethon Kids Institute, NDIA and some Department of Communities offices.

Autism Parents’ Handbook
2018 Edition

DDWA is pleased to support Heidi Brandis who has published this updated book to help parents who are looking for more information following the diagnosis of their child with Autism.

Latest update – October 2018

For more details and how to get your own copy:

Heidi’s 2015 edition is still available.

What is your child’s challenging behaviour trying to tell you?

This introductory guide is for parents, family members and carers who are worried about their child’s/family members behaviour.

Parents can feel under a lot of pressure to ‘solve’ behaviour problems and are naturally very worried about the best approach to take. There are often complex reasons behind a child’s behaviour and it is rarely anyone’s fault, rather it is difficult to interpret what their behaviour is trying to tell us.

A version of this resource looking at youths and adults is currently being developed.

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Your Dental Health WA

This guide has been written for people with intellectual disability that outlines how to look after
your teeth and gums. Further, it demystifies options in seeking dental care (such as public versus private) and what to expect during a visit to the dentist.

This resource is produced in partnership between:

* Inclusion Designlab, which is Inclusion Melbourne’s engine room for research, innovation,
communications and policy;

* DDWA; and

* the Australian Dental Association Western Australia.

Read or download this guide here.

Kick starting your child’s career journey

A Guide for families of young people with disability

All families want their children to lead productive and fulfilling lives. People with disability also share this aspiration. More than 80% of people receiving the Disability Support Pension report they would like to have a job.

This guide by Sue Robertson, former Managing Director of Edge Employment Solutions, provides practical tips and information to help families plan constructively for their child’s future employment. It’s intended to be used in conjunction with a range of other online resources which are listed on the last page.

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Personalised learning support plans used in education


This resource by Dolly Bhargava provides parents with the latest information on the variety of support plans used in WA government schools.

Included at the back are several example Individual Education Plans for a child’s academic, emotional and social needs.

There is also a plan to support a child with toileting assistance needs.

Alternatively, you can contact your local Department of Communities, Disabilities Services office to see if they have any hard copies available for you to collect.

Walking Along Side me – Making Your Plan

This easy to understand planning booklet can help people with disability and/or mental illness to think about their future and plan what things would make their life better.

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Walking Along Side me – Brochure: 

The NDIS in WA Brochure provides lots of examples of services to support people with disability and/or mental illness and also a step by step guide to accessing support.

Walking Beside Me brochure

Pain in children with severe intellectual disability

This guide aims to help the parents of children with severe intellectual disability and/or communication difficulties understand how pain may affect their child.

Reproduced by kind permission of Cerebra in the UK www.w3cerebra.org.uk

Choosing what matters

Ideas for families

The resource by Heather Simmons is designed to help you and your family understand some of the strangeness and complexity that there is in our attitudes toward disability.

It aims to help you find a way through that complexity and has some ideas about how to see the world differently.

It will help you to think about what really matters so that you and your family don’t just get the services you require but get the life you want to live together

Being your child’s advocate – Derrin Kramer’s tips on Thinking Ahead – Learn How to Advocate for Your Child at School.

Dolly Bhargava’s workbook was written for a workshop on goal setting generally, but it is also beneficial for people looking at goal setting in the education environment

Bob Jackson’s book looks at understanding your child’s development and helps you plan and make choices with your child to support them to reach their potential.

Emergencies happen

This booklet has been provided by the Red Cross and is a useful guide for preparing yourself for emergencies.

Click to download a copy.

Take the quiz to find out how prepared you are for disasters – http://www.redcross.org.au/quiz-are-you-prepared-for-disasters.aspx

See page 31 (scroll down or see attached guide) for Tips to support a person with a disability to be prepared for disaster

If you require a plain text version, please contact the Australian Red Cross 1800 811 700

Hospital: Emergency / Planned Admission Forms

These much-awaited Hospital Admission forms are for families to use when someone with a disability is going to hospital, either urgently or for a planned admission. These forms have been developed through consultation with health professionals, disability service providers, families and other interested parties.


Better Start

Better Start for Children with Disability provides access to early intervention funding. Eligible children with be able to access up to $12,000 in early intervention funding

Starting Out

A Guide for Families to Assist the Inclusion of Young Children with Disability into Community Life in Western Australia, produced by our wonderful partners at Early Childhood Intervention Australia (WA)

Starting School

This third edition of the publication is a guide for parents of children in Western Australia.

National guidelines for best practice in early childhood intervention

ECIA has produced the first National Guidelines for Best Practice in Early Childhood Intervention for professionals working in Australia’s childhood disability services sector.

The National Guidelines draw upon extensive consultation within the sector and government and provide a framework for excellence in service deliver.

The Guidelines will also support service providers as they prepare for the NDIS rollout.

ECIA have said that these Guidelines will help to ensure that no matter where someone lives, whether in rural, remote or regional areas, this will support their members to provide high quality consistent and evidence based practice.