People with Disabilities
A disability is any continuing condition that restricts everyday activities. The Disability Services Act (1993) defines ‘disability’ as meaning a disability:
- which is attributable to an intellectual, psychiatric, cognitive, neurological, sensory or physical impairment or a combination of those impairments; and
- which is permanent or likely to be permanent; and
- which may or may not be of a chronic or episodic nature; and
- which results in: substantially reduced capacity of the person for communication, social interaction, learning or mobility and a need for continuing support services.
Information and Resources
Healthy WA website provides information for people with disability
The Disability Services Commission provides:
- resources for implementing Disability Access and Inclusion Plans works in partnership with service providers and other government departments to provide information, supports and services to people with disability, their families and carers.
- information in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Serbian, Somali, Vietnamese, Croatian:
- accessible events checklist
- Access information resources and checklist
For consumers with visual impairment, a video explaining public patients’ rights, is available at: http://www.safetyandquality.health.wa.gov.au
Stay on Your Feet WA provides information to help prevent Falls in audio.
Preventing falls information can also be found - http://www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/
Access WA provides a Guide to Accessible Places and the Facts Sheets
Women with Disabilities Australia provides information specific to women
Disability awareness training here you can view 20 short videos.
People with Disabilities WA (Inc) provides an advocacy service.
The National Disability Services promotes and advances services which support people with all forms of disability to participate in all domains of life.
The Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre provides advocacy for people with disabilities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in WA.