DBWA Logo. Map of WA as dots with DBWA as Braille dots and the words Deafblind West Australians under the Braille as white words and images on a Navy background
DBWA Logo. Map of WA as dots with DBWA as Braille dots and the words Deafblind West Australians under the Braille as white words and images on a Navy background.

Deafblindness is described as a unique and isolating sensory disability resulting from the combination of both hearing and vision loss or impairment. This has a significant affect on communication, socialisation, mobility and daily living

People who are deafblind can and do achieve their goals, with the right supports and services.

To join Deafblind West Australians go to our
Membership page

Deafblind West Australians 2021 Annual General Meeting

On Saturday 28th August 2021 Deafblind West Australians (DBWA) held its Annual General Meeting at Broken Hill hotel in Victoria Park. The Chairperson, Treasurers and Project officers Reports were presented to the 45 members, family and supporters who attended.

Chairperson Rita at the Annual General Meeting 2021

The new Board elected at the AGM is:

  • Rita Kleinfield-Fowell – Chair
  • Eddie Szczepanik – Deputy Chair
  • Rhiannon Green – Secretary
  • Jennifer Weir – Treasurer
  • Clair Josling – Committee Member/Events
  • Allan Cox – Committee Member/Membership Officer
  • Roberto Trimboli – Committee Member
  • Peter Cliff – Committee Member
  • George Szczepanik – Committee Member
  • Kirsty Lim – Committee Member
  • Carol Brown – Committee Member
  • Linni Oliver – Committee Member/Family Members or Support Person

Go to our Board page.
Chairperson Rita reading the 2021 Annual Report with Auslan Interpreter on Rita's left

Also discussed at the meeting was some strategic planning for the upcoming year.

Eddie and Karen at the 2021 AGM

Deafblind West Australians

Deafblind West Australians provides support and network opportunities for people living with deafblindness in Western Australia.

The DBWA organisation represents people who are deafblind living in Western Australia. This group is currently run by Members and supported by Senses Australia with the intention of becoming autonomous.

Bibbulmun Track Group photo

  • We support people who are deafblind to live fulfilling lives.
  • We help members to undertake activities they would find difficult without support.
  • We organise social events to enable our deafblind members to network and make new friends.
  • We organise educational and training experiences for our members in areas such as medical research, technology and other supports related to deafblindness.
  • We advocate for change and better support for our members and raise awareness of deafblindness in the community.

Recent Events

WA Yarn Bombing Launch- Sunday 27 June 2021


Deafblind Awareness Week – National Facebook Event


Deafblind Camp 2021 in Western Australia

In March 2021 we participated in the Deafblind Camp 2021 in Western Australia which had a “Glitz & Glamour on the Red Carpet” theme. The camp was held at Woodman Point.

Yarn Bombed Tree at Deafblind Camp

Below is a link to our YouTube Channel for the Deafblind camp 2021. Re-visit it regularly as we are adding more content.

YouTube Channel for Deafblind camp 2021

Campers in the main hall enjoying wine tasting siting at long tables

Reporting abuse and neglect of people with disability

People with disability in Australia are more likely to experience abuse, neglect, violence and exploitation than people without disability. Every person with disability has the right to feel and be safe. If you think abuse, neglect, violence or exploitation is happening to a person with disability, you need to report it. We all have a responsibility to make our community safe.

Find out more at our Reporting abuse and neglect webpage

COVID-19 Information

For information and resources on Coronavirus (COVID19) please go to our COVID19 page