The following is a comprehensive list of organisations, community groups and online resources providing information and support for people with disabilities, their families and carers.
Want to add your organisation to the list? Contact us on 1300 135 373 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADVOCACY SOUTH WEST
Advocacy South West provides inclusive and holistic advocacy services in partnership with people with disabilities in the south west of WA.
Phone: 08 9721 6444
CEREBRAL PALSY GUIDANCE
Provides comprehensive information and support to parents of children with cerebral palsy.
CEREBRAL PALSY GROUP
Provides educational information and support to those who have been affected by cerebral palsy.
CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY AUSTRALIA
Children and Young People with Disability Australia is the national peak body that represents children and young people (aged 0-25) with disability and their families.
Phone: 1800 222 660
CITIZEN ADVOCACY PERTH WEST
Citizen Advocacy Perth West aims to promote, facilitate and support advocacy for people with disabilities.
Phone: 08 9445 9991
DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY WA
Developmental Disability WA work to provide advocacy and inclusion for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilies, their families and the organisations that work for them.
Phone: 08 9420 7203
ETHNIC DISABILITY ADVOCACY CENTRE (EDAC)
EDAC advocates for the rights of people with a disability who are from a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) background in Western Australia.
Phone: (08) 9388 7455
Headwest provides support for people with an acquired brain injury, their families and carers.
Phone: 1800 626 370
PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES WA (PWDWA)
PWDWA is run by and for people with disabilities and is the peak disability consumer organisation representing the rights, needs and equity of all Western Australians with disabilities.
Phone: 08 9485 8900
ARTS & CULTURE
ARTS ACCESS AUSTRALIA (AAA)
AAA is the peak body for arts and disability; providing news, connections and information.
Phone: 0410 553 383
AS WE ARE: ARTISTS WHO HAVE AN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY
As We Are is a WA community initiative that aims to bring joy and wellbeing to the lives of artists who have an intellectual disability.
Phone: 0410 373 854
Catch Music aims to connect people through music. They run a number of inclusive music sessions across WA for musicians of all ages and abilities.
Phone: 0458 228 248
COMMUNITY ARTS NETWORK WA (CAN WA)
CAN WA is an exciting and dynamic organisation working towards positive change through community arts and cultural development.
Phone: 08 9226 2422
DISABILITY IN THE ARTS & DISADVANTAGE IN THE ARTS WA (DADAA)
Non-for-profit organisation that aims to create inclusion and opportunities through arts and culture programs for Western Australians who are living with a disability or mental illness.
Phone: 08 9430 6616
MUSIC ROCKS AUSTRALIA (MRA)
Using music as a tool for inspiration and skills, MRA focuses on the music, social and personal development of young participants, allowing an ethos of ‘music is for everybody’.
Phone: 08 9275 2111
SPARKLE AND SHINE DANCE CLASSES
Sparkle and Shine allows people of all abilities to participate in dance in a fun and friendly atmosphere.
Phone: 0401 791 325
WA DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE AND THE ARTS
Aims to foster cultural development of Western Australia through quality services.
Phone: 08 9224 7300
Auslan Signbank is a language resource site for Australian Sign Language (Auslan) and hosts a wealth of information and resources on the deaf community for all Australians.
CP Tech is a consultancy service that works with clients, families and staff to assess and prescribe equipment or technology options for people with disabilities.
Phone: 08 9443 0210
Dreamfit overcome challenges for people with disabilities with innovative equipment solutions to fulfil their dreams.
INDEPENDENT LIVING CENTRE WA (ILC)
ILC provide independent information and advice on equipment and technology to support independence and participation.
Phone: 1300 885 886
TECHNOLOGY ASSISTING DISABILITY WA (TADWA)
Through technology, aids and equipment, TADWA improves the quality of life for people with disabilities, the elderly and carers.
Phone: 1300 663 243
BLOGS & ONLINE COMMUNITIES
ADVENTURES IN ASPERGERS
Follow the life of a Father as he blogs about his wife and sons, one of which has Asperger’s.
Follow Sarah as she blogs about raising her family of 3, including her eldest daughter Beth who has Autism.
BLOOM- PARENTING KIDS WITH DISABILITIES
Created by the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital to bring together the wisdom of families and professionals in childhood disability treatment, research, programs and education across the world.
DIARY OF A MOM
Follow Jess, a mother of two children (one of which has Autism), as she blogs about her life.
JOHN McKENNA’S NEWS AND VIEWS ON DISABILITY
John McKenna is an active advocate in his community and blogs his views and opinion on the latest news in the disability sector.
Livewire is an online community designed just for young people living with a serious illness, chronic health condition or disability, and their families. It is a safe online space where members can connect and share experiences with others who understand what they are going through.
Phone: 02 8425 5971
LOOK ME IN THE EYE
A blog on a father and son’s adventurers with asperger’s, trains, tractors and high explosives.
RAISING CHILDREN NETWORK
The Raising Children Network provide evidence-based information that can help parents on a range of topics about raising children.
RAISING 5 KIDS WITH DISABILITIES AND REMAINING SANE BLOG
Follow Linda as she blogs about her incredible life raising her 5 children with disabilities.
ABC Ramp Up is no longer being updated, however the website remains active and has a number of useful and interesting posts on specific news, opinions, features, audio and blogs on disability within Australia.
West Australian parent and psychologist, Bec Oakley, blogs about autism parenting and provides useful resources and support information on her blog for families in similar situations. Bec is also the author of the ‘Jake’ trilogy as part of the Help a Child Grow Art Competition run by Therapy Focus.
SPINA BIFIDA MOMS
Follow Amy as she blogs about what it is like to raise her daughter who has Lyme disease, while she herself has Spina Bifida.
THE OTHER SIDE OF NORMAL
Follow Becki, an American mother who blogs about a normal world with autism.
DISABILITY PROFESSIONAL SERVICES & ORGANISATIONS
AUTISM ASSOCIATION OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
The Autism Association of WA provides services to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families from early childhood through to adult life.
Phone: 08 9489 8900
Baptistcare provides residential and community aged care services and employ a team of disability and mental health professionals.
Phone: 1300 660 640
DISABILITY SERVICES COMMISSION (DSC)
The Disability Services Commission works in partnership with service providers and other government departments to provide information, supports and services to people with disability, their families and carers.
Phone: 1800 998 214
DOWN SYNDROME WA
Down Syndrome WA provides services and support to families with Down Syndrome.
Phone: 08 9368 4002
Epilepsy WA works to educate those with epilepsy, their family, friends and society, to enable epilepsy sufferers to integrate successfully in the community, and enjoy a full and productive life-style.
Phone: 1300 852 853
FRIENDS OF AUTISM
Friends of Autism is a charity dedicated to helping families of a child with autism aged 0-18 years, with a range of programs and initiatives.
Phone: 08 9440 6800
GUIDE DOGS WA
Guide Dogs WA is Western Australia’s primary provider of Guide Dog mobility services to people who are blind or vision impaired. Guide Dogs WA is run by VisAbility (formerly the Association for the Blind of WA).
Phone:08 9311 8202
Identitywa is one of WA’s leading agencies supporting people with disability and their families.
Phone: 08 9474 3303
INTERVENTION SERVICES FOR AUTISM AND DEVELOPMENT DELAY (ISADD)
ISADD provides a holistic, evidence based service to children, teenagers and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other related disabilities.
Phone: 08 9227 6888
Kalparrin aims to support family members and carers of children with a disability or special need through support networks and groups.
Phone: 1800 066 413
KIDS ARE KIDS! THERAPY & EDUCATION CENTRE
Kids Are Kids! provide therapy assessment, intervention services and programs for children at all levels of developmental disability or delay.
Phone: 08 9313 6566
MOSAIC COMMUNITY CARE
Mosaic Community Care provides community support and residential programs to people with an intellectual and/or physical disability.
Phone: 08 9314 5244
NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE SCHEME
The national disability insurance scheme is a new way of providing community linking and individualised support for people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers.
Phone: 1800 800 110
NATIONAL DISABILITY SERVICES (NDS)
NDS is the national peak body for non-government disability services. NDS promotes and advances services which support people with all forms of disability in all domains of life.
Phone: 08 9242 5544
Next Challenge provide creative team therapy for families, inventive consultancy services for health, disability and education services for essential improvements in access to therapy for the children in any community.
Phone: 08 9201 0707
The ORS Group help people with disability, injury or medical conditions find or maintain sustainable employment. They provide support for all disabilities and specialise in providing services to people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) and mental health backgrounds.
Phone: 1800 000 677
PEOPLE 1ST PROGRAMME
The People 1st Programme (P1P) supports people with an intellectual disability in human relationships, protective education and sexuality along with parents, carers and service providers.
Phone: 08 9227 6414
Rocky Bay offers home support, therapy services, respite and recreational opportunities. They also have their own employment services.
Phone: 08 9383 5111
Rise provide a range of services for people in the community including in the areas of aged care, people with disabilities, mental health, youth and care givers.
Phone: 08 6274 3700
Senses provide disability support services to people of all ages throughout Western Australia, including the provision of services to people who are deaf/blind.
Phone: 08 9473 5400
TELETHON SPEECH & HEARING CENTRE FOR CHILDREN
Telethon Speech and Hearing Centre teaches children with speech and language or hearing impairments to listen and speak.
Phone: 08 9387 9888
THE ABILITY CENTRE (formerly The Centre for Cerebral Palsy)
The Ability Centre provide a range of services to children, teenagers and adults with disabilities, as well as their families and carers.
Phone: 08 9443 0211
VisAbility (formerly the Association for the Blind of WA) provides therapy and support services to assist people across a range of ages and disabilities.
Phone: 1800 847 466
Wize Therapy provides evidenced based physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech pathology services to children and young people.
Phone: 08 9317 7932
HEALTH & WELLBEING
Avivo provides a range of supports, from personal care and household tasks to assisting with work and recreational activities. Avivo also provides supports for families and carers of people with disabilities.
Phone: 1300 428 486
beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone achieve their best possible mental health.
Phone: 1300 224 636
Carer Gateway is a national online and phone service that provides information to support carers and help connect them to local support services.
Phone: 1800 422 737
Carers WA represents and supports carers, including parents and siblings, through support groups, advice and training.
Phone: 1300 227 377
Healthshare is a health initiative empowering Australians to make better health choices through an online forum with health professionals.
Phone: 1300 533 433
Kids Helpline is Australia’s only free 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged between 5 and 25.
Phone: 1800 551 800
Lifeline provides Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
Phone: 13 11 14
Supports people with disabilities to learn about human relationships, sexuality and sexual health.
Phone: 08 9420 7226
PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL (PMH)
Princess Margaret Hospital treats children and adolescents aged 15 years and younger in Western Australia, and is committed to programs that promote lifelong health in children and adolescents.
Phone: 08 9340 8222
WA GOVERNMENT HEALTH DEPT
Western Australia’s public health system aims to ensure healthier, longer and better lives for all Western Australians.
Phone: 1800 022 222
Youthlink is a state-wide mental health program which provides mental health counselling, consultation, training and community development.
Phone: 08 9227 4300
LIBRARIES & RESOURCES
The ABC and Educations Services Australia (ESA) have teamed up to provide information on relevant topics, educational resources and games based on school subjects.
The Activ Library is a major library for disability related information in WA and has books, training materials, selected websites and audio visual resources available.
Phone: 08 9387 0458
Anglicare WA supports people, families and their communities to cope with the challenges of life by building resilience and capacity.
Phone: 08 9263 2000
DEAFBLIND INFORMATION (by Senses Australia)
Accessible resources for individuals living with a combination of vision and hearing impairments, their families and support members.
A site with a range of resources available for people supporting people with disabilities.
NOAH’S ARK TOY LIBRARY
Noah’s Ark provides resources and information for families and staff to encourage children’s development through play.
Phone: 08 9328 1598
Positive Partnerships develops evidence-based materials and practical resources to share as widely as possible.
PARENTING RESEARCH CENTRE
The Parenting Research Centre is dedicated to gathering scientific knowledge on effective parenting to help parents raise happy healthy children.
Phone: 03 8660 3500
STATE LIBRARY OF WA
The State Library of WA is committed to ensuring people with disabilities and their families and carers have the same access to equitable library and information as others.
Phone: 08 9427 3111
POST SCHOOL OPTIONS & ALTERNATIVES TO EMPLOYMENT
A disability employment service that provides employment support services to Central and West Metro Perth.
Phone: 1300 780 789
EDGE EMPLOYMENT SOLUTIONS
One of the largest and longest established employment agency for people with disabilities in Australia.
Phone: 08) 9286 6600
Interchange supports people with disabilities to achieve their goals through individualised, local community-based support.
Phone: 08 9329 9399
Intework help people to develop and promote the aspirations and potential within the community and employment.
Phone: 08 6169 1100
GOOD SAMARITAN OPTIONS EMPLOYMENT
Options Employment provides employment support services for students and adults looking for employment.
Phone: 08 9463 0562
Workpower provides a range of supports and respite options tailored to people with a disability.
Phone: 1800 610 665
KIDS IN PERTH – THE PARENT PAPER
Targeted at parents with children aged up to 14 years, this is a monthly publication and is distributed free.
Phone: 08 9388 1600
LINK DISABILITY MAGAZINE
Link is nation-wide distributed magazine covering a variety of topics affecting people with disabilities including opinions and perspectives directly from people with disabilities.
Phone: 08 8201 3223
Activ provides a range of services from respite, supported employment, home and community care, transport and recreational activities. .
Phone: 08 9387 0555
Discovery Holidays provide quality supported holidays and tours for adults who require care and support services to travel.
Phone: 08 9731 2753
INKA is a respite farm environment for children and adults with special needs.
Phone: 08 6244 2932
Kira provides tailored programs for people with disabilities.
Phone: 08 9243 0366
LADY LAWLEY COTTAGE (LLC)
Lady Lawley Cottage offers respite services for children with a physical or intellectual disability, and/or chronic medical condition.
Phone: 08 9318 2160
LIFE WITHOUT BARRIERS
Life Without Barriers providing care and support services across Australia in urban, rural and remote locations.
Phone: 08 9395 6800
Kids’ Camps provides enjoyable recreation and respite camps for children and young people aged between 5 -25 years with a disability.
Phone: 08 9240 6928
SPORT & RECREATION
AUSTRALIAN PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE
The Australian Paralympic Committee help Australians with disabilities participate in sport and compete at the Paralympic Games.
Phone: 02 9704 0500
Befriend is a social group run by volunteers that aims to break down barriers so that everyone can feel included and create diverse friendships.
Phone: 0404 831 201
Bowls WA run the BowlAbility Program to support people of all abilities to enjoy the fantastic benefits of bowling.
Phone: 0449 619 841
CIRQUEST CIRCUS SCHOOL
Disco Cantito hosts inclusive CirQuest Circus School and CircUS workshops for a children with a range of disabilities.
Phone: 0408 626 941
A community based organisation that aims to increase inclusion and participation in community services for children with additional needs and their families.
Phone: 08 9270 6666
EQUAL FOOTINGBALL LEAGUE (FOOTBALL WEST)
Football West run the Equal Footingball League and Powerchair Football program that includes people with disabilities in soccer.
Phone: 08 6181 0700
Fit 2 Cheer is a community based cheerleading gym that promotes cheerleading for all.
Phone: 0468 942 238
Supports individuals by encouraging their involvement in sporting and recreation events and community life.
Phone: 08 9201 8900
Playgroup WA support families in finding a suitable playgroup in their local community.
Phone: 1800 171 882
Reclink Australia provides and promotes sport and art programs for people experiencing disadvantage.
Phone: 03 9419 6672
RED DUST HEELERS
The Red Dust Heelers are committed to the increased inclusion of people with disability in all areas of life.
RIDING FOR THE DISABLED WA
Riding for the Disabled WA is dedicated to providing therapeutic and recreational equestrian activities to benefit people with disabilities.
Phone: 08 9296 4655
Sailability WA provides supported sailing opportunities for people with disabilities at the Royal Perth Yacht Club.
Phone: 08 9423 5526
SPECIAL OLYMPICS WA
Special Olympics strives to create a better world through sports, fostering inclusion of all people.
Phone: 08 9321 3207
A swimming club for people with disabilities at all levels.
Phone: 08 9309 1955
WA DEPARTMENT SPORT AND RECREATION
Information about the importance of including people with disabilities in sports and recreational events.
Phone: 08 9492 9852
WA DISABLED SPORTS ASSOCIATION (WADSA)
Encourages and empowers people with disabilities to get involved in sports and recreational activities.
Phone: 08 9470 1442
WA DISABLED SURFERS ASSOCIATION
The DSA is bridging the gap between disabled and able body surfers. It offers people a chance to go to the beach, feel the sand and surf the waves.
Phone: 0408 552 071
WA LITTLE ATHLETICS
WA Little Athletics focuses on fun, friends and family, and caters to children of all abilities.
Phone: 08 6272 0480
WHEELCHAIR SPORTS WA ASSOCIATION
The association is responsible for the coordination of wheelchair sports in WA.
Phone: 08 6143 5800
TRANSPORT & ACCESS
You’re Welcome – Access WA is an access guide for people with disabilities and seniors.
Phone: 1800 998 214
An Airbnb for the mobility sector, Accomable connects travellers with mobility difficulties with suitable accommodation around the world.
The Companion Card is issued to people living with disabilities that require attendant care support when participating in community activities or entering particular venues.
Phone: 1800 617 337
Getaboutable is designed to make travel easier for people with disabilities.
Swan Taxis offer an Easy Access service designed for individuals who require wheelchair access to taxis.
Phone: 08 9422 2240
Information about public transport in Perth including bus, ferry and train travel along with information about disable access.
Phone: 1800 800 022
WA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT
Provides links to a variety of websites regarding transport in WA including travel to Rottnest, TransWA services and cycle paths.
Phone: 08 6551 6000
WHEELS FOR HOPE
Wheels for Hope assists WA families with disability who do not have suitable transport.
Phone: 1300 922 115
Wheels2go provides peace of mind to RAC members with a mobility device, such as a manual or electric wheelchair, by offering roadside assistance in a breakdown situation including calling a taxi or friend if it can’t be fixed straight away.
Phone: 13 17 03
AUSTRALIA HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
People with disabilities have the same rights as all members of the community.
Phone: 1300 369 711
Offers independent and professional trustee and asset management services.
Phone: 1300 746 116