Useful associations for people with intellectual disability

13 December 2018

Useful associations for people with intellectual disability

NSW – Council for Intellectual Disability

The NSW Council for Intellectual Disability (NSW CID) have a range of programs available to develop skills and confidence in individuals living with intellectual disability, including their popular ‘become a leader’ program. They work to connect people with disability with those in the mainstream community to battle the biases that people with intellectual disabilities face.

They also provide support for people with intellectual disabilities through peer networks and leadership programs.



VIC – Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability

Since 1989 the Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability (VALID) has been leading the way for people with disability in Victoria. As well as working on a state level to fight for change in legislation, VALID also work on an individual basis, empowering people with intellectual disability to self-advocate and encouraging them to become leaders. VALID also host the Victorian Inclusive Development Network.




P2P Queensland deliver leadership training, person-centred goal setting, peer to peer community building and path planning for people with intellectual disabilities in Queensland.

P2P have been responsible for developing a range of job opportunities for people with intellectual disability so that they can transition into mainstream environments with support and assistance. P2P also offer independent plan management and support coordination as a registered NDIS provider.



TAS – Speak Out Association of Tasmania

This independent, state-wide organisation aims to build an inclusive and respectful community by defending the rights of people living with disability in Tasmania and empowering them to advocate for themselves.

They provide support so that those with disability feel strong enough to speak up, claim their rights, make decisions, complain when necessary and seek representation when unable to advocate effectively for themselves. All services are free and confidential.



SA – South Australian Council of Intellectual Disability

Since the 1950’s the SA CID has tirelessly worked toward a community in which those living with intellectual disability are equal participating members in society and accepted unconditionally in the community.

The SA CID board consists of people with intellectual disability and the organisation hosts many events including presentations, symposiums and seminars about the issues faced by those living with intellectual disabilities.



WA – Development Disability Western Australia

Established in 1985, the DDWA is a trusted organisation that can provide independent information, education, advocacy and support for people with developmental disabilities and intellectual disabilities and for their families and carers.

The DDWA offers free lifetime membership to those with intellectual disabilities, their families and those who fight to advance the rights of people living with disability.



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