Around one in five people in WA have a disability, with this expected to rise to one in four within a decade due to the state's ageing population.
From December 2 to 8 the third annual Disability Awareness Week will take place, recognising the achievements in the WA community that help to build a better future for people with disabilities and their families.
Disability services minister Helen Morton said that the awareness week brought the importance of supporting those with disabilities to the community's attention.
"The state government’s Count Me In vision is for all people to live in welcoming communities that facilitate citizenship, friendship, mutual support and a fair go for everyone," Mrs Morton said.
"Disability may occur at any time in a person’s life, or may be present from birth. It is important that services, facilities, employment, recreation, housing and other areas of life are developed to meet people’s needs throughout their lives."
The Disability Week also includes the 20th anniversary of the International Day of People with Disability taking place today (December 3) and the annual flagship event, the Count Me In Awards on December 5.
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