Our philosophy

DADAA follows the Affirmation Model of disability – an extension of the social model of disability that celebrates people with disability for who they are, and not as people needing to be treated, cured, controlled or normalised.

Accessible programs

DADAA’s services and programs are designed and delivered in ways that offer opportunities for physical and social integration in the general community. All of our group workshop studios are accessible to people who use a wheelchair and those who are vision-impaired.

DADAA is also committed, wherever practicable, to ensuring that our participants and artists have access to the same places as the rest of the community; receive their services in community settings alongside other members of the community;  and have the opportunity to socialise and build relationships with members of the wider community.

Accessible venues

DADAA has three core venues; we also work from numerous other venues across Perth and around Western Australia. We strive to make these venues fully accessible to people with disability. In some cases – due to factors such as the age or heritage-listing of the buildings in which we work – access can be compromised. If you have any concerns or have any special access needs, please contact us so that we can make appropriate arrangements for you.

Audio description and audience access

Each year, we offer a series of audio described performances at several of Perth’s live theatre and festival events. DADAA-based events and exhibitions are audio described on a case-by-case basis. Find out more about our Audio Described program.

Our website

This website complies with the W3C standards and offers a number of accessibility features to assist people with disability as well as accessible design. If you have any difficulties or concerns about the accessibility of the website, please let us know by using our feedback form at the bottom of this page, or email

What do these symbols mean?

Braille symbol

The Braille Symbol

This indicates that printed items are available in Braille, examples of these might be signage, exhibition labelling and publications.

Low vision symbol

Accessible for Low Vision

This indicates access for people who are blind or have low vision.

Audio description symbol

Audio Description

Audio descriptions provide an additional narration track for blind and visually impaired people. Audience members through a small receiver will experience an enhanced performance describing the visual elements of what is happening on the screen.

Wheelchair accessible symbol

Wheelchair Accessible

This indicates that the venue and/or performance is wheelchair accessible and has accessible facilities. It also indicates that there are special seats reserved for wheelchair users.

DADAA respectfully acknowledges the Whadjuk and Yued people of the Noongar nation and the Southern Yamatji Peoples, the traditional owners of the lands upon which DADAA operates. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

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