People with Disability Australia (PWDA) is a national disability rights, advocacy and representative organisation that is made up of, led and governed by people with disability.
PWDA has a vision of a socially just, accessible and inclusive community, in which the human rights, belonging, contribution, potential and diversity of all people with disability are recognised, respected and celebrated with pride.
PWDA believes in the inclusion and representation of people who are vulnerable and those who are affected by the intersecting drivers of marginalisation and exclusion, including not restricted to race, religion, ethnicity, indigeneity, disability, age, displacement, caste, gender, gender identity, sexuality, sexual orientation, poverty, class and socio-economic status.
PWDA’s members are people with disability, and organisations made up of people with disability. They are actively involved in PWDA, electing a board of people with disability every year. Many of PWDA’s staff members are also people with disability.
Founded in 1981, the International Year of Disabled Persons, People with Disability Australia provides people with disability with a voice of our own. PWDA has a cross-disability focus representing the interests of people with all kinds of disability. PWDA is a non-profit, non-government organisation.
PWDA works across Australia. PWDA also represents people with disability at the United Nations, particularly in relation to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and is a designated Disabled Persons Organisation.