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.
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.
Drop us a line to find out how else you can get involved:
Facts on Women with Disabilities in the ACT
WWDACT has produced the 2014 Fact Sheet – 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
WWDACT Submission on a Model for Human Rights Protection
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 ACT Budget 2015-16 Submission
WWDACT Submission to the ACT Discrimination Act Review, May 2014
WWDACT Submission on Innovative Housing Opportunities and Supported Living Opportunities in the ACT, April 2014
WWDACT Submission on the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012, January 2013
Feedback on the National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill 2012, January 2013
WWDACT Submission on the Draft NDIS Eligibility and Reasonable and Necessary Support Criteria, September 2012
WWDACT Position Paper: ACT Official Visitor Scheme, July 2012
WWDA-WWDACT Response to Anti-Discrimination Law Consolidation Project, January 2012
WWDACT Submission to the ALRC—Family Violence Cth Laws 2011, October 2011
WWDACT Submission to Draft ACT Charter of Rights for Mental Health Consumers, March 2011
WWDACT Submission to the ACT Carer Charter, January 2011
Joint WWDACT and WCHM Submission to the ACT Budget, December 2010
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: email@example.com