Individual Advocacy

DDWA have developed an Easy Read brochure that can help you explain what advocacy is to your family member with intellectual disability.

About DDWA Advocacy

Whilst we work in many areas, DDWA have particular expertise in health, education, disability services (including NDIS), justice (including guardianship), access, recreation and housing.

Who we can support

Our specialist advocacy service supports people who have developmental disability and complex needs, such as:

  • People with complex communication needs and little or no speech
  • People with an intellectual disability
  • People with developmental disability or autism who may have challenging behaviour
  • Parents with an intellectual disability

Need support?

Are you having trouble getting the supports and services you need?
Do you feel you need some support in having your voice heard?
We believe in your rights and the importance of having the opportunity to communicate your needs to others.

We want to make sure others really listen and respond to your concerns.

How we work

Our team bring skills and knowledge together to work on a problem that you and/or your family are trying to resolve.

We take time to fully understand the problem, so that we really know how you think and feel about what is happening.

We work with you and/or your family to take action for yourself.


This is a free service that has been funded by the Department for Communities.

Our Advocacy team

Maxine Drake - experienced health and education specialist advocate with a strong background in protecting peoples human rights.

Leticia Grant - disability advocate with extensive alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) partner experience.

Laura Jones - educator and Edith Cowan University lecturer for the Graduate Certificate in Education (Complex Communication Needs).

More information

Phone (08) 9420 7203

Australia is a party to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
This is one of seven core human rights treaties to which Australia is a party.

Human rights are defined in the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011 as the rights and freedoms contained in the seven core human rights treaties to which Australia is a party.

As part of Developmental Disability WA’s work in systemic advocacy, we work with our members and others to uphold these human rights and inform decision makers about priorities for the rights and needs of people with intellectual and other developmental disability and their families.

If you would like to be part of the voice to create positive change you could:

  • add your views in surveys
  • take part in research
  • apply for a grant to further your activities (where available)
  • make, or contribute to, a submission to a departmental, government or other inquiry
  • appear before a parliamentary or other committee or forum,
  • or having your say any other way, then please read on, or contact us to find out more.