PROVIDING ACCESS TO ARTS AND CULTURE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY OR A MENTAL ILLNESS.
DADAA is a not-for-profit community arts and cultural development (CACD) organisation, focusing on creating significant positive social change and opportunities for people with a disability or a mental illness. Based in Fremantle, DADAA offers targeted arts and cultural programs that include a broad range of traditional and new media projects in almost 50 Western Australian communities.
DADAA follows a social model of disability, which views disability as a problem of exclusion from ordinary life, and not a medical condition. Addressing this requires a change in society's values and practices in order to remove barriers to participation and inclusion.
DADAA works through a model of local and cross-sector partnerships that bring arts and health together in a way that effectively responds to the needs of communities. DADAA also works actively in state and national audience development, disability advocacy, digital inclusion, and research and evaluation.
The organisation operates from a number of venues across Perth and regional Western Australia. These include permanent offices, studios and galleries in Fremantle, Midland and Lancelin. During the year, DADAA programs and performances also take place at other locations in the community, including The Centre for Interdisciplinary Arts and Midland Junction Art Centre as well as supported accommodation for people with high-support needs.