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People with Disability Australia Incorporated (PWDA) is a national disability rights and advocacy organisation. Our primary membership is made up of people with disability and organisations primarily constituted by people with disability. We also have a large associate membership of other individuals and organisations committed to the disability rights movement.

Founded in 1981, the International Year of Disabled Persons, PWDA seeks to provide people with disability with a voice of our own. We have a cross-disability focus representing the interests of people with all kinds of disability. We are a non-profit, non-government organisation.

Our Vision

We have a vision of a socially just, accessible, and inclusive community, in which the human rights, citizenship, contribution, potential and diversity of all people with disability are recognised, respected and celebrated.

Our Purpose

Our purpose as a leading disability rights, advocacy and representative organisation of and for all people with disability, is to strive for the realisation of our vision of a socially just, accessible and inclusive community.

Violence, Abuse and Neglect: Our History

PWDA has worked for more than 30 years on the issues of violence, abuse and neglect of children and adults with disability. We have extensive expertise in this area, informed by our research and individual advocacy. For many years, we have delivered training both to service providers and people with disability regarding violence, abuse, neglect and the rights of people with disability. Please click the links below for more information.

PWDA Systemic Advocacy Issues: Preventing Violence

Stop the Violence Project

Accommodating Violence Project

Accommodating Human Rights: A Human Rights Perspective on Housing and Support for People with Disability