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A new WWDACT web space is currently under construction! The information contained here will give you a comprehensive overview of our organisation as well as a list of our achievements and initiatives.

WWDACT is a systemic advocacy and peer support organisation run by women with disabilities for women with disabilities. Established in 1995, WWDACT follows a human rights philosophy, based on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Convention on the Elimination of (All Forms Of) Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). It works with government and non-government organisations to improve the status and lives of women with disabilities in the ACT and surrounding region.

WWDACT, through its membership, has strong links to relevant ACT advocacy organisations and also has a close association with Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA), the peak organisation for women with all types of disabilities in Australia.

The success of WWDACT relies heavily on the volunteerism of its members who are committed to improving the status of women with disabilities in the ACT.

Our priority areas include: violence, abuse and neglect of women with disabilities in institutional and residential settings; house; employment and income; ageing; access to sport and fitness, and transport.

WWDACT is funded by the Community Services Directorate of the Australian Capital Territory.

Support us

WWDACT relies heavily on the goodwill and volunteerism of its members. To ensure the continued success of our organisation, we need help from our members. We are always seeking women with disabilities who would like to represent WWDACT at government consultations, workshops, forums and committees, as well as helping us in other ways such as commenting on WWDACT documents and reports; presenting papers at Conferences; and writing articles for WWDACT News and so on. Donations, no matter how small, are always much appreciated.

You can also become a members of WWDACT and together we can enhance the lives and status of women with disabilities in the ACT and surrounding region.

WWDACT membership form

Drop us a line to find out how else you can get involved:

Phone – (02) 6290 2166 at WCHM
Fax – (02) 6286 4742
Post – PO Box 385, Mawson, ACT 2607
Email – wwdact@wchm.org.au
Facebook: WWDACT Women With Disabilities ACT
Twitter: @wwdact

What’s on

Save the date: Forum on NDIS plan self-management for women with disabilities in the ACT

Date: Tuesday, November 29th 2016
Time: 2 PM – 5 PM
Where: The Griffin Centre, Room 6

You can either partially or fully manage your own NDIS plan, but sometimes this may be daunting. We all need a little bit of help every now and then in order to have a positive NDIS experience. Therefore, Women With Disabilities ACT is holding a forum on the self-management of an NDIS plan for women with disabilities in the ACT.

The forum will have a variety of speakers, providing information for you on navigating the options.

Please save the date of this forum! A formal invitation will be sent out in the future. This is an exciting opportunity for women with disabilities to gain more confidence, and to ultimately control, the implementation of their NDIS plan.

For further information please contact Nicole on t: 6290-2166 or nicole.ocallaghan-dittmar@wchm.org.au.

Facts on Women with Disabilities in the ACT

WWDACT has produced the 2014 Fact Sheet – Women with Disabilities in the ACT.

Facts on women with disabilities in the ACT

Facts on women with disabilities in the ACT

Disaster Planning Guide

WWDACT has produced a disaster planning guide to help women with disabilities prepare for an emergency.

WWDACT disaster planning guide

WWDACT disaster planning guide

EPC emergency plan workbook

WWDACT Strategic Framework

WWDACT strategic framework

WWDACT strategic framework

WWDACT strategic framework

Reports and Publications

Women’s experiences with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) in the ACT

When the ACT Government made the substantial economic and social commitment to be the first whole of jurisdiction NDIS Trial Site in the country, Women With Disabilities ACT (WWDACT) was and is excited to be part of this revolutionary change in the lives of people with disabilities. In March this year, WWDACT undertook an initial piece of research on women’s experiences with the NDIA.

This YouTube clip provides a brief summary of the report as well as some pointers to help women start their engagement with the NDIA and make the process less daunting.

ACT Womens experiences with the NDIA

ACT Womens experiences with the NDIA

ACT Womens experiences with the NDIA – YouTube clip transcript

ACT Womens experiences with the NDIA – YouTube clip transcript

Contributing our voices! A summary of feedback from the Have Your Say! Forum with women with disabilities in the ACT

This report details the findings of consultations conducted with women with disabilities in the ACT during May and June 2015. The consultations explored the lived experiences of women with disabilities in the ACT in relation to:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Education and employment
  • Community participation & social inclusion
  • Housing, cost of living and poverty
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The major findings from the consultation are that women with disabilities continue to face a range of barriers and challenges to living a full life in the ACT. Assumptions, discrimination and lack of understanding regarding disability from service staff, employers and the broader community were found across all themes. The accessibility of venues, housing, workplaces and services was also considered a major factor impacting on women with disabilities lives. A lack of affordable and inclusive services, housing options, supports, community participation opportunities and transport so that women with disabilities can live their lives in the way they want to was also identified. In addition, feedback from the consultation uncovered the concerning and consistent view that participants were not being included with “normal people”. With the NDIS roll out in progress, women with disabilities involved in this consultation hoped, with some trepidation, that the NDIS would deliver greater choice and control in their lives and, at the same time, open up new opportunities.

Contributing our voices!

Contributing our voices!

Data Set Investigation Project Report—Women with Disabilities

This report was commissioned by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Disability Advisory Council (DAC) to undertake work to find what survey and data information about women with disabilities in the ACT is available in the areas of services for health and wellbeing and participation in social and economic life. The work was also to investigate how this information can enable the DAC to provide policy advice to the Minister for Disability, Children and Young People. The report offers a response to the precursor report done by WWDACT in collaboration with the ACT Women’s Centre for Health Matters that revealed a number of problem areas with respect to public data.

ACT DAC data set investigation project report

ACT DAC data set investigation project report

Strong Women, Great City: A snapshot of findings from a survey of ACT’s women with disabilities

This report presents a snapshot of findings from a survey conducted in early 2012 of women with disabilities who live in the ACT by Women With Disabilities ACT (WWDACT) and the Women’s Centre for Health Matters (WCHM). The survey was undertaken with two aims in mind: firstly, to complement existing disability data, and secondly, to highlight areas of need where data does not currently exist, particularly ACT specific data disaggregated by sex and disability.

Strong Women, Great City – A snapshot of findings from a survey of ACT’s women with disabilities

Strong Women, Great City – A snapshot of findings from a survey of ACT’s women with disabilities

Submissions

WWDACT Submission on a Model for Human Rights Protection

WWDACT submission on a model for human rights protection

WWDACT submission on a model for human rights protection

WWDACT Submission on the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework

WWDACT submission on the NDIS quality and safeguarding framework

WWDACT submission on the NDIS quality and safeguarding framework

WWDACT Submission on Development of a Service Delivery Plan for the University of Canberra Public Hospital, July 2014

WWDACT submission on the UC public hospital

WWDACT submission on the UC public hospital

WWDACT ACT Budget 2015-16 Submission

WWDACT budget submission 2015 2016

WWDACT budget submission 2015 2016

WWDACT Submission to the ACT Discrimination Act Review, May 2014

WWDACT submission to the ACT Discrimination Act Review

WWDACT submission to the ACT Discrimination Act Review

WWDACT Submission on Innovative Housing Opportunities and Supported Living Opportunities in the ACT, April 2014

WWDACT submission on innovative housing opportunities in the ACT

WWDACT submission on innovative housing opportunities in the ACT

WWDACT Submission on the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012, January 2013

WWDACT Submission on the Workplace Gender Equality Act

WWDACT submission on the Workplace Gender Equality Act

Feedback on the National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill 2012, January 2013

WWDACT feedback on the NDIS bill

WWDACT feedback on the NDIS bill

WWDACT Submission on the Draft NDIS Eligibility and Reasonable and Necessary Support Criteria, September 2012

WWDACT submission on the draft NDIS eligibility criteria

WWDACT submission on the draft NDIS eligibility criteria

WWDACT Position Paper: ACT Official Visitor Scheme, July 2012

WWDACT official visitor position paper

WWDACT official visitor position paper

WWDA-WWDACT Response to Anti-Discrimination Law Consolidation Project, January 2012

WDDA and WWDACT submission on anti-discrimination law consolidation project

WDDA and WWDACT submission on anti-discrimination law consolidation project

WWDACT Submission to the ALRC—Family Violence Cth Laws 2011, October 2011

WWDACT submission to the ALRC family violence commonwealth laws

WWDACT submission to the ALRC family violence commonwealth laws

WWDACT Submission to Draft ACT Charter of Rights for Mental Health Consumers, March 2011

WWDACT submission to the draft ACT charter of rights for mental health consumers

WWDACT submission to the draft ACT charter of rights for mental health consumers

WWDACT Submission to the ACT Carer Charter, January 2011

WWDACT submission to the ACT carer charter

WWDACT submission to the ACT carer charter

Joint WWDACT and WCHM Submission to the ACT Budget, December 2010

WCHM and WWDACT ACT Budget 2011-12 Joint Submission

WCHM and WWDACT ACT Budget 2011-12 Joint Submission

WWDACT Bulletin

This bulletin is emailed to WWDACT members and interested members of the community and provides an opportunity to be updated about issues affecting women with disability in the ACT and nationally, and to be informed about upcoming events. If you would like to receive a copy of the bulletin, please email Nicole O’Callaghan: nicole.ocallaghan@wchm.org.au

Latest Announcements

Disabilitydisrupt Sue Salthouse
l Advocacy for Inclusion’s Disability Rights Law Centre invites you to a networking night discussing the intersection of disability and justice.

Join Sue Salthouse for a drink and hear her speak on the issues facing women with disability. Sue will focus on access to justice for women with disabilities including the removal of children.

Sue Salthouse has worked in the area of social justice and human rights for nearly two decades. Her work highlights the uneven nature of supports available to individuals, especially women. She uses Human Rights instruments as a scaffold to argue for systemic change. She believes that the current reform process must address the gender-based inequities in the disability sector. Sue is a member WWDACT and has been appointed to a national advisory panel on domestic violence.

Entry by donation

Funds raised from this event will go to Advocacy for Inclusion’s Disability Rights Law Centre – justice outcomes digital storytelling project for people with disability*

A raffle will be on offer.

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Are you finding it difficult to navigate the self-management landscape in the NDIS? Does it sometimes feel confusing and overwhelming? WWDACT has received evidence from its members that self-management has become a daunting and overwhelming concept. In late November, we are holding a self-management forum to provide women with disabilities, their families and friends with greater knowledge to either fully or partially manage a plan more independently and confidently.

The forum is designed to be really conversational and informal in nature and will have a few presenters from different organisations available that have avenues in which women with disabilities can either fully or partially self-manage their own NDIS plan.

The participating organisations include:
· Community Options—This is an organisation that provides support coordination, service coordination, case management etc.
· Hire Up—An online platform where women can hire and manage their own support staff.
· Better Caring—This is also an online platform to link and connect women with disabilities and support staff.
· My Voice—This is a business where, among many other things, women with disabilities can be trained to become more competent self-managers.
· The National Disability Insurance Agency
The forum it's going to be held on:
Tuesday, November 29
room 6, the Griffin Centre
2 PM – 4 PM

Please RSVP by Tuesday, November 22.

Please also let us know of your participation requirements.
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What does having control and choice mean to you? In the past, women with disabilities haven’t had any and have had to deal with what funded supports they have been given in order to fully participate in life. But when the ACT Government made the substantial economic and social commitment to be the first whole-of-jurisdiction NDIS Trial Site in the country, women with disabilities were given the opportunity to be in control of their funded support structures.
When a woman has control and choice over the formal supports she needs to participate in her life and the disability related barriers are removed, the wider ACT community benefits both from her individual contributions and the flow on effects to the economy and to each element of society.
WWDACT was, and is, excited to be part of this revolutionary change in the lives of women with disabilities. However, as with any trial, there are a few bumps in the road. In 2015, WWDACT held the Have Your Say! Forum where it received anecdotal evidence from participants that it remains confusing and difficult to navigate the self-management landscape.
We are pleased to be able to facilitate an information forum between women with disabilities in the ACT and surrounding region and a number of organisations who can assist in understanding self-management. This forum will be the WWDACT function to celebrate the 2016 International Day of Persons with a Disability.
The participating organisations who can assist women to either partially or fully self-manage their plans include:
Community Options—This is an organisation that provides support coordination, service coordination, case management etc.
• Hire Up—An online platform where women can hire and manage their own support staff. Hireup Better Caring My Voice NDIS National Disability Insurance Scheme Community Options ABC Radio 666
Better Caring—This is also an online platform to link and connect women with disabilities and support staff.
My Voice—This is a business where, among many other things, women with disabilities can be trained to become more competent self-managers.
• The National Disability Insurance Agency
These organisations will provide an overview of how they can assist women with disabilities to either fully or partially self-manage their NDIS plan. Each organisation will provide a short presentation, followed by plenty of time for questions and discussion.
We encourage all women with disabilities in the ACT and surrounding region to attend this forum. We also encourage family, friends and support workers to attend so that they too can be informed on assisting women with disabilities to self-manage their supports. Self-management provides control which is one of the underpinning concepts of the scheme.
This workshop is possible with the support of the Community Services Directorate.
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November 21, 2016, 5:30pm - November 21, 2016, 6:30pm

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We are holding 2 upcoming events! A Stronger Man, Strong Self Managers Forum in November 29 and a B Prepared – Fire Readiness Workshop in early December.

Hurry, places are limited to both events. Contact us if you are interested!
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