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Activ Foundation

Western Australians with disability are able to find employment, a place to live, travel and recreation options, and much more through the State-wide network of Activ.

  • Type:Charity
  • Charity:Disabilities

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Description

Activ has a fascinating history firmly based on the twin pillars of family and community.

We were officially formed in 1951 by a group of parents who wanted to give their intellectually disabled children a better life. Until then, children with intellectual disability were institutionalised alongside men and women with mental illness.

The organisation was originally called the Slow Learning Children's Group and dedicated to their cause. Families spent countless hours fundraising and lobbying governments for change.

As awareness flourished, the Group's early inspired farm project grew to embrace homes, transport, schools and sheltered workshops.

Today, we are continuing to grow to meet the changing needs of another generation. While the spirit of the founders is always with us, we have modernised our facilities, introduced new occupations and leisure activities and offer a broader range of services to support the whole-of-life needs of an ageing population.

Our earliest members would be proud to see we are the largest provider of services to people with disability in Western Australia, with more than 100 facilities throughout the State. 

Alzheimer's WA

Alzheimer’s WA is the peak body for dementia and Alzheimer’s support services in Perth and Western Australia.

  • Charity:Disabilities

Details

  • Established:1982

Description

For over 35 years we have been supporting the local community with information, education, training and much more, to help those with dementia thrive.


If you’ve recently been diagnosed with dementia and require help to learn to cope with living with memory loss or counselling, we can help.


Get in contact with our friendly team today, you can request a callback or contact us via email.

Arthritis & Osteoporosis Western Australia

The objective of Arthritis & Osteoporosis WA is to reduce the incidence and disabling effects of arthritis, osteoporosis and related conditions in the people of WA.

  • Type:Charity
  • Charity:Disabilities

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Description

The Western Australian Arthritis & Rheumatism Foundation (WAARF) was inaugurated in October 1972, as a non-government organisation, through the efforts of Drs Phyllis Goatcher, Evan Owen and Roger Dawkins. Its first home was an office freely offered by the ANZ Bank in Murray St. Its main aims were care, education and research.

In 1991, the organisation's name was updated and changed to its present form. From this modest beginning, the Foundation opened its own custom built Resource Centre in 1994 after a successful Capital Fundraising Appeal, naming the building after Mr Bill Wyllie in appreciation of his significant personal contribution.

In addition to staff offices, the Wyllie Arthritis Centre houses a hydrotherapy pool, gymnasium, seminar and board rooms, café, book shop and leased office space to other tenants. Arthritis & Osteoporosis WA offers a range of support groups and branches which have evolved from the self-help courses conducted over the years. As the population ages, the incidence of arthritis, an umbrella term for over 100 types of disease, is increasing at alarming rates and in 2004 was made the 7th Health Priority by the Federal Government enabling state wide Foundations to benefit by access to government funding.

Arthritis & Osteoporosis WA adheres to the The West Australian Carers Charter. 

Association for the Blind of WA

Established in 1913, the Association for the Blind of WA – Guide Dogs WA has provided life changing services to Western Australians living with blindness and vision impairment for almost a century.

  • Type:Charity
  • Charity:Disabilities

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Description

We provide direct, individualised and group-based services to more than 4,000 clients each year. Our clients range from newborn babies to seniors in their nineties and their families and carers.

Our services help people to:
Minimise the effects of vision loss and remain independent
Achieve the highest level of participation in daily life consistent with their expectations, abilities and desires
Bring about change in society that promotes this level of participation.
Confidence, wellness and connection underpin our holistic approach to providing these services. We believe in a service and working environment that promotes excellence, honesty, dignity, respect, integrity, courtesy and fairness.

Our vision is that people who are blind or vision impaired share a quality of life equal to other Western Australians.

Our mission is to maximise the quality of life of people who are blind or vision impaired by building confidence, promoting wellness, and creating connection.

Approximately 25% of our clients live in regional areas of the State. Our services are provided from our main office in Victoria Park, through regional offices located in Albany, Bunbury, Geraldton and Mandurah, and through visiting service programs in other rural areas of the State. 

Autism West

Autism West Support Inc is a not for profit organisation that provides a range of services to people who are affected by Autism.

  • Type:Volunteer,Charity,DGR 1 Status
  • Charity:Disabilities

Details

  • Employees (FTE):12
  • Established:2000

Description

<p> Autism West is associated with the South West Autism Network (SWAN). SWAN is a not for profit, charitable organisation supporting the families in the south west region of Western Australia living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.</p> <p> We have many activities and programs that are running across 2014. If you require further information or want to register your interest, please contact Gabriella on 6389 1833 or email <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a>.</p>

Citizen Advocacy Perth West

Citizen Advocacy Perth West is a not for profit organisation which aims to promote, facilitate and support advocacy for people with disabilities.

  • Type:Charity
  • Charity:Disabilities

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Description

Cleft Palate and Lip Society of Western Australia

CleftPALS WA is a voluntary support group consisting of parents of children born with a cleft, adults born with a cleft and professionals who care for children born with cleft conditions. Our motto is the 'sharing helps'. We understand the difficulties, heartache and sometimes the shock that comes with having a child with a cleft lip/and or palate and are keen to help you as best we can.

  • Type:Charity
  • Charity:Disabilities,Mental Health

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Description

 

The Cleft Palate and Lip Society (CleftPALS) was established to provide support, reassurance, and knowledge to parents and their families of a child born with a cleft condition. This was the vision when the support group seed was planted. The seed has grown over the years with branches in most states around Australia.

Way back in 1974, the days of flares and free love, CleftPALS was born in NSW. It all started when two friends had babies with a cleft at the same time. The friendship and support that they gleaned from each other was so helpful that they decided to share it with other parents.

In Western Australia it pretty much started the same way as in NSW.

The beginnings of CleftPALS WA harks back to 1971/72 and an orthodontist by the name of Dr William Brogan who suggested to the mum of a cleft-affected child getting all the other parents of cleft-affected children together on a regular basis for moral support and discussion forums.  Flyers were put up at Dr Brogans private rooms and soon there was enough interest to hold the first meeting, held with the kind continuing support of Dr Brogan at his private residence.  Turnout steadily increased to the point where a hall was hired to cater for all the interested people.
 
However the CleftPALS motto "The Sharing Helps" can be traced back even further to unsung everyday heros like local GP's who were the front-runners to the formalisatisation of such support groups, be it CleftPALS or other similar parent support organisations.  One such example was in the middle of the swinging 60's when a Carlisle GP noted that two of his patients were mums of cleft-affected children (born a few years apart) and only lived a few doors away from each other on the same street.  He recognised the benefit of introducing the mother of the older child to the mother of the 2 month old baby preparing for her child's first repair surgery, as bewildering and stressful today as it was back then!  At the doctors request Judy duly dropped by for a cuppa and a chat armed with pictures of her cleft-affected son, helping put Jessie's mind at ease as to what her and her daughter were about to undergo.  Jessie too saw the value of sharing and demystifying the journey to other mums and hence was one of the initial members of CleftPALS WA "paying it forward".
 
So, long before "The Sharing Helps" officially became the motto of CleftPALS WA there were people already living by its mantra.

The actual Cleft Palate and Lip Unit was started by Mr Harold McComb (Plastic Surgeon) in the mid 1950’s at Princess Margaret Hospital. Dr William Brogan (Orthodontist) later joined him in the 1960’s.  They were infact channelling our motto “The Sharing Helps” and putting it out there, connecting mums to share and discuss long before the formal creation of CleftPALS WA.

Community Vision Inc

Community Vision Inc. provides services for people of all ages including seniors, veterans, children and people with disabilities in Perth's northern suburbs.

  • Charity:Veterans & Defence,Aged Care,Disabilities
  • Type:DGR 1 Status

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Description

About Community Vision

At Community Vision we believe that everyone deserves assistance during times of vulnerability and have created our services to have a positive impact on both our clients and the wider community. It is our role to assist people live their life, their way.

Vision

Our vision is to create a stronger and more connected community.

Mission

We will be the trusted provider of services.

We are the Organisation that people go to and we are the benchmark in community care.

We improve the lives of people during times of vulnerability by filling the gaps that community no longer fills.

Values

Here at Community Vision we value:

  • Innovation
  • Empowerment
  • Accountability
  • Respect
  • Inclusivity

Community Vision’s culture, business and services demonstrate a passion for accountability and excellence in supporting people to live their live, their way.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in being part of our amazing volunteer group please send an email to the HR Department - [email protected] or contact us on (08) 9301 8222 to find out what volunteering opportunities may be available.

Deafblind Information by Senses Australia

Deafblindness is a condition that includes both hearing and visual impairments that affects many Australians. Therefore, it's important to have an easily accessible resource available to them.

  • Type:Charity
  • Charity:Disabilities

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Description

There are many stories of people who are deafblind who, despite the challenges, learn communication systems and strategies to overcome those daily hurdles in life. Deafblind Information is an innovative site with access to up-to-date information for individuals living with a combination of vision and hearing impairments, their families and support members, as well as the professionals and support providers.

If you are looking to learn more about deadblindness or to find deafblind support services in your local community around Australia, visit the Deafblind Information website, the leading online resource for deafblind information.

Down Syndrome WA

Down Syndrome WA's vision is that people with Down syndrome live a life of their choice and make their contribution to the community.

  • Type:Charity
  • Charity:Disabilities

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Description

People with Down syndrome have individual personalities, strengths, interests and skills. Support from those who share their lives and positive attitudes of the broader community help shape the kinds of lives they can enjoy. Down Syndrome WA is committed to enriching the lives of people with Down syndrome and supporting a life of possibilities.

own Syndrome WA is a family organisation, founded in 1986 by families looking for mutual support and information, and still providing unique supports to families.

The Association's membership is largely made up of families, and most Board & Staff members and many of our volunteers as well, are parents who have a son or daughter with Down syndrome. This enables us to provide specialised supports with a unique parent perspective.

As a result of our community program, more people who work with or support people with Down syndrome, or people who just want to make a difference in the lives of people with Down syndrome, are becoming involved with our organisation. This is reflected in the contributions being made at Board level and in our membership.
 

Dreamfit

Making Dreams Possible for People with Disabilities through Innovative Engineering Solutions

  • Type:Charity
  • Charity:Disabilities

Details

Description

Our skilled and passionate team are committed to supporting people with disabilities to get out and try new activities, engage in their community and overcome challenges in their everyday life. 

Our unique service brings together knowledge, experience and skills from a diverse range of fields to provide the best possible outcome for our clients. We are committed to not reinventing the wheel, so we focus on providing equipment solutions that are not readily available, such as sourcing specialised equipment from across the world or custom designing and building equipment from the ground up.

Dreamfit is dedicated to working with people with all types of disabilities, all ages and all levels of ability across Australia. 

Ear Science Institute Australia

A commitment to improving the quality of life of people with ear, balance and associated disorders.

  • Type:Charity
  • Charity:Disabilities,Education & Training

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Description

The team at the Ear Science Institute Australia (ESIA) is dedicated to improving ear and hearing outcomes through education and translational research (bed-to-bench-to-bed) that is multi-disciplinary in nature.

We are uniquely placed to provide evidence based service excellence when addressing hearing loss issues.

We draw on:

  • Our mandate in research, education and training
  • A dedicated team of experts
  • National and international networks
  • Skills from many fields including otolaryngology, audiology, engineering, computer science and molecular and cellular sciences.
     

High Tea at Caversham House for Rett Syndrome

Support Dr Helen Leonard's research to help our daughters diagnosed with a severe intellectual disability, Rett Syndrome in a Decadent and Devine High Tea at the gorgeous Caversham House Marquee.

  • Type:Charity
  • Charity:Disabilities,Fundraising

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Description

We are the families and friends of our daughters, sisters, nieces and granddaughters diagnosed with a severe neurological disorder called Rett Syndrome. 
We want the best life for our girls Paris, Addison, Mikayla, Brooke, Kayla, Marlee, Chloe, Koby, Kayla and Charlotte.
Together we can make a difference to raise much needed funds to maintain Rett Syndrome research by Dr Helen Leonard with Aussie Rett

Kids Are Kids Therapy and Education Center Inc.

Kids Are Kids! provides therapy assessment and intervention services for children at all levels of developmental disability or delay.

  • Charity:Mental Health,Child Welfare,Disabilities,Education & Training
  • Type:Charity

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Description

From individual and group programs to government funded programs, we provide a range of services that support all childrens' developmental needs.

Motor Neurone Disease Association WA (Inc)

MNDAWA is a registered charity and support organisation that works with people living with Motor Neurone Disease, their families, friends and carers throughout WA.

  • Type:Charity
  • Charity:Disabilities

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Description

MND is a group of diseases in which the neurones (nerve cells) controlling the muscles fail to work normally. With no nerves to activate them, the muscles gradually weaken and waste. The senses, memory and intellect usually remain intact.

Other names for MND include; Lou Gehrig's Disease (USA), ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), Maladie de Charcot (1869), Creeping Paralysis.  

Multiple Sclerosis Society of WA

The MS Society of WA is a non-government, not-for-profit, state-based organisation dedicated to supporting people with multiple sclerosis (MS), through the provision of a range of supports and services.

  • Type:Charity
  • Charity:Disabilities

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Description

Multiple sclerosis is the most common degenerative neurological condition diagnosed in young adults, with over 75% of people diagnosed under the age of 35.

You can help us support people with multiple sclerosis, their families and carers by getting involved in one of our events, donating or volunteering. 

Nulsen

Nulsen is one of Western Australia’s leading disability services providers focusing on people with profound intellectual and physical disabilities.

  • Type:Charity
  • Charity:Disabilities,Mental Health

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Description

Almost all of the people we support also have complex health and behaviour support needs.

We provide disability support accommodation, 24-hour assistance and community activities for residents.

Our mission is to enable people with disabilities to achieve and maintain a valued quality of life as part of an accepting community. To achieve this, we employ over 380 dedicated and courageous support workers and other staff to support more than 100 residents in 24 homes.

Nulsen is strongly guided by its heritage. We have the courage to do what is right and to take on challenges that others won’t. That was true of our founding parents over 55 years ago, and it’s still true today.

Nulsen Disability Services

Nulsen is one of Western Australia’s leading disability services providers focusing on people with complex disabilities.

  • Type:Charity
  • Charity:Disabilities

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Description

Our mission, vision and values

Why we exist: To enable people with complex disabilities to lead the life they want while maintaining their well being.

What we do: We collaborate with people with complex disabilities and their families so they have the opportunity of a good life with choice and control over the services they receive.

Our values:
We are courageous
We have the strength to embrace challenges with conviction. That was true of our founding parents over 60 years ago, and it’s true today.

We are accountable
We have integrity. We do the right thing even when it’s hard. We do what we say we will, and we take responsibility for our actions.

We collaborate
We listen, we say how it is with care and respect, and we work together so those we support can live the life they want.

We are adaptable
We have a ‘can do’ attitude in the way we respond to customers so that they receive the services and support they seek.

Paraplegic Quadriplegic Association of WA

For over 50 years, the Paraplegic Quadriplegic Association of WA (Inc.) has been serving members of the Western Australian community afflicted with spinal cord paralysis or disease and related conditions. In addition, the Association provides advice, information and advocacy to enable people with a range of disabilities to participate in community life.

  • Type:Charity
  • Charity:Disabilities,Employment & Training

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Description

An important complimentary service provided by the Association is vocational training, personal skills development and employment opportunities to persons with a disability seeking to enhance their valued role in the community.

The Association can trace its beginnings back to a meeting in November, 1955 attended by paraplegic patients from the Royal Perth Hospital Spinal Unit, medical practitioners and nurses to discuss opportunities for spinal cord injured persons after the acute phase of their hospitalisation. During the Association's early years, sport was seen as having an important role in rehabilitation and as a means of promoting the abilities of people with paraplegia. This activity resulted in a team of paraplegic athletes form across Australia competing in the 1957 Stoke Mandeville Games in the United Kingdom.

The Association was incorporated in 1959 as the Paraplegic Association of WA (Inc). One of the early aims of the Association was to provide a hostel for persons with paraplegia seeking to re-establish themselves in community living. A house was bought in Subiaco in 1960 and converted to accommodate ten persons. A small workshop was established in an outbuilding to provide vocational employment. The house was named Jack O'Keefe Hostel in memory of the Association's first President.

 

Perth Legacy

Legacy is dedicated to caring for the families of deceased and incapacitated veterans.

  • Charity:Disabilities,Financial & Legal,Veterans & Defence
  • Type:Charity

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Description

Legacy is dedicated to caring for the families of deceased and incapacitated veterans. Today Legacy's caring and compassionate service assists around 65,000 widow(er)s and 1,800 children children and dependants with a disability. Legacy is a voluntary organisation supported by veterans, servicemen and women, and volunteers drawn from all walks of life. Our support and services now extend to include the dependants of members of today's Australian Defence Force who lose their lives as a result of their military service.

Legacy is dedicated to enhancing the lives and opportunities of our families through innovative and practical programs aimed at:

 

  • the protection of individuals and families basic needs;
  • advocating for their entitlements, rights and benefits;
  • assisting families through bereavement; and
  • helping people thrive, despite their adversity and loss. 

Senses Australia

Senses Australia is one of WA's oldest charities & has been providing services since 1895. Now a world class disability services provider with a mission of ending the isolation for people of all ages.

  • Type:Charity
  • Charity:Disabilities,Fundraising

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Description

Ending the Isolation across Western Australia.

Senses Australia is one of Western Australia’s oldest charities and has been providing services to the Western Australian community since 1895. Now a world class disability services provider which holds the highest ethical standards and strives for excellence in all it does, with a mission of ending the isolation for people of all ages living with disability across Western Australia. Our purpose is to provide ongoing support to families and individuals of all ages to meet their goals and aspirations.

Senses Australia is built on the values of RESPECT, INTEGRITY, INNOVATION and EXCELLENCE, which guide us in everything we do. We provide vital services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year including respite, therapy, assistance to live in the community and unique services for people who are deafblind or who have the dual sensory disability of vision and hearing.

We at Senses Australia want to support families and each individual with disability to live life in the way that they choose. We invite you to help end the isolation by supporting Senses Australia provide the much needed services and support to West Australians living with disability and their families.

Special Olympics Western Australia

For the thousands of people with an intellectual disability in Western Australia, sport is a way of celebrating and transforming their lives.

  • Type:Charity
  • Charity:Disabilities,Education & Training

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Description

 In sport, every effort is rewarded with a smile and every journey is more momentous than any victory.

Special Olympics Western Australia (SOWA) provides ongoing sports training and competition for children and adults living with an intellectual disability. Through the network of dedicated volunteers, our programs are offered in 9 sports across Western Australia.
Special Olympics Perth Metro North Region has been established for over 20 years and encompasses the northern corridor of Perth with over 250 members participating in 9 sports. In 2013 under new leadership and direction, the region’s committee will continue overseeing the ongoing sports programs and competition calendar.

“Our measure of excellence is not in breaking records, but in helping each of our athletes to achieve their personal best”
 

Symphony of Hope: Hope For Matilda

Experience uplifting music in a beautiful Anglican Cathedral, enjoy afternoon tea, buy raffle tickets and make heartfelt donations to show support to courageous toddler Matilda Page.

  • Type:Charity
  • Local Clubs:Music
  • Charity:Disabilities,Health

Details

  • Established:2013
  • Arts:Music,Youth

Description

In celebration of Matilda Page’s second birthday, the South Side Symphony Orchestra (SSSO), is hosting a Symphony of Hope on 15 June.

This matinee concert is to raise vital medical research funds in the fight against Sanfilippo Syndrome – the rare and sadly fatal genetic condition Matilda Page was diagnosed with when she was just 3 months old.

Experience uplifting music in a beautiful Anglican Cathedral, enjoy afternoon tea, buy raffle tickets and make heartfelt donations to show support to the courageous Page family. Concert-goers will be helping to bring Hope to Matilda and a generation of children just like her.

Tickets can be purchased for $25 per person, $5 per child or $55 per family at www.sanfilippo.org.au/symphonyhope. There are also concession rates available.

 

The Centre for Cerebral Palsy

Our vision is for a community celebrating possibilities and achieving dreams, for communities in which all people exercise choice and are full participants.

  • Charity:Disabilities,Employment & Training,Family,Fundraising,Local Community
  • Type:DGR 1 Status

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Description

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a permanent physical condition that affects movement. It can be as mild as just a weakness in one hand, ranging to an almost complete lack of movement.

The Centre for Cerebral Palsy (The Centre) offers a wide range of specialised therapies, innovative technology and equipment options, employment opportunities, social and recreational options and housing and respite options to people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

Our focus and commitment is to enable individuals to be independent, make decisions on all aspects of their lives and above all to have as much choice as possible.

We are committed to working with individuals and families towards achieving their goals and dreams and we offer our unique knowledge and experience to assist with this. 

We believe that having strong connections with local communities is important to individuals and families and we work hard to facilitate these connections.


Key facts about cerebral palsy:

There is no pre-birth test
It is a permanent condition
It is non-progressive, however can be a changing condition
There is no known cure
Incidence and severity are on the increase
Worldwide more than 15 million people have cerebral palsy
There are 33,000 people with cerebral palsy in Australia
3,500 of these live in Western Australia
In Australia, a child is born with cerebral palsy every 15 hours 

The Complete Advantage

The Complete Advantage is a unique provider of therapy, education and community services in Western Australia.

  • Type:Charity
  • Charity:Disabilities

Details

Description

We provide speech pathology, occupational therapy, psychology, physiotherapy and autism services. We also offer a range of consultation and training services to families, schools and child-care centres.

Our team of allied health professionals provide a suite of therapy services, including speech pathology, occupational therapy, psychology and physiotherapy, to children throughout Western Australia. We also offer a comprehensive range of consultation and training services to families, schools and child care centres

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