Still Time to Register for Rights Workshop for Young Women and Girls with Disability

Do you want to understand and advocate for your rights?

  • Are you a girl or young woman with a disability?
  • Are you aged 13-18 years?
  • Do you live in the broader Melbourne area?

We are a holding a small workshop for girls and young women with all types of disability to talk about self-advocacy. We are seeking Expressions of Interest from young women and girls to attend our workshop in Melbourne, Victoria. The interactive workshop will be fully accessible and held in early May 2017.

At the workshop, you will have an opportunity to talk and learn about human rights and how to advocate for them. We will talk about the Disability Convention (CRPD) and the Women’s Convention (CEDAW). It will be a fun, engaging workshop that will support you to empower yourself and understand your rights.

To register your interest, please complete an Expression of Interest form available from the WWDA Youth website or contact WWDA by phone or email using the details in the Expression of Interest form.

Please pass this on to any girls or young women with disability you know who would be interested!

Policy and Submissions

For recent WWDA publications, policies and submissions, visit


  • WWDA is providing content and design feedback to Medibank Health Solutions on the draft changes to the 1800RESPECT website. This follows on from our extensive review of the service last year. The review and our continuing feedback is focused on ensuring that the national sexual assault and violence counselling service is accessible and relevant to women and girls with disability. The new website will be launched later in the year.
  • WWDA and DPO Australia continue to engage with a range of politicians and political parties regarding the call for a Royal Commission into violence against people with disability. There’s still time to support our call for a Royal Commission.

Have Your Say

First Peoples: Living Our Way

Our friends over at First Peoples Disability Network are hosting a conference for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability to come and learn how they can engage with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and share their stories.

The conference will run 23rd to 25th May 2017 in Wagga Wagga and sponsored registration is available for First Peoples with disability. Registrations close Friday 19th May 2017.

Visit the conference registration page for more information.

Are You a Parent With an Intellectual Disability?

Researchers at The University of New South Wales, including WWDA Board Member Iva Strnadová, along with a researcher from Self-Advocacy Sydney are looking for people to be involved in a research project.

The research will look at how particular groups of families support each another (peer support).

For more information and to get involved, download a Participant Information Sheet (DOC)

Disability News

We Need To Remember Disability When We Talk About Sexual Assault (Ravishly)

NDIA to appeal McGarrigle NDIS transport costs ruling in Federal Court (Pro Bono Australia)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples almost two times as likely to experience disability discrimination (ABS)

People with Down Syndrome featured in ‘You Can’t Ask That’ ABC documentary (ABC)

Hoping for a miracle: The group of Australians doing it tougher than first-home buyers (Domain)

From Our Members

Do you write, blog or create media?

WWDA and WWDA Youth Network are happy to promote creative and engaging work by our members on our Facebook pages, websites and in this newsletter. Let us know if you have something you would like to share or if you have found a resource or website you think others might be interested in.