Around 1 in 12 of all WA children and young people have some form of disability.
In many ways, children and young people with disability have the same views as the majority of children and young people in Western Australia. They also have a disability. In some cases this affects their communication, coordination, senses, thinking processes or mobility. Their disability is just one part of their life however – they want to be known for who they are, as a person with abilities, talent and potential.
It is vital for children and young people with disability to be appropriately supported so they are able to play a positive and fulfilling role in the community.
For up to date information refer to the Commissioner's Indicators of Wellbeing data resource.
Progress update to agencies on the recommendations from the 2015 Our Children Can’t Wait report
The Commissioner's progress update indicates that the WA mental health system still does not adequately plan for, invest in, and support the mental health needs of our children and young people, and their families.
Speaking out about autism
The views of WA children and young people with autism.
Our Children Can’t Wait: Review of the implementation of recommendations of the 2011 Report of the Inquiry into the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in WA
Speaking out about disability
Submission to the Disability Royal Commission - response to issues paper - violence and abuse at home, March 2021
The Commissioner made a submission to the Disability Royal Commission - response to issues paper - violence and abuse at home
Submission to Disability Strategy Taskforce - Review Disability Standards for Education, September 2020
Submission to Disability Strategy Taskforce - Review Disability Standards for Education
Submission to the Department of Social Services - feedback on National Disability Strategy Position Paper, September 2020
Submission to the Department of Social Services - feedback on National Disability Strategy Position Paper
Submission to the Senate Education and Employment Committees, August 2015
Inquiry into current levels of access and attainment for students with disability in the school system, and the impact on students and families associated with inadequate levels of support.