The Lives We Lead is a social media project to influence the community to better understand the contributions that people with disability are making economically, socially, culturally and politically.

The project captures and shares up to twenty video and photo stories of people with disability going about their lives achieving ordinary and extraordinary things.

A reference group of people with disability use a co-design approach to curate their stories.


Currently we are seeking stories of people and their work in regional WA for our new chapter of the project called Worklife.


If you think you have a story to share with us contact Geraldine by email at g.mellet@waindividualisedservices.org.au or call 0466 305 652.


“Great stories happen to those who can tell them.”

Ira Glass, author, journalist, host of This American Life


Dive in.  Enjoy.  Be provoked.  Get thoughtful.  Share these stories.  Start a conversation.


Facebook - @thelivesweleadstories

Instagram - @theliveswelead_

Twitter - @theliveswelead_


I want to work, drive my own car and grow veggies.

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Junior’s Video Story

People who know me say I’m quietly determined, a quiet achiever.

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I also really love sharing the food I bake.

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Graham’s Video Story

My cooking journey has been building for the past couple of years.

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Joshua’s Video Story

Sport was a huge part of my life before I became unwell and has been a huge part of my recovery. 

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My experience proves that people can have an enjoyable, manageable life with a mental illness.

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Samala’s Video Story

I love my arts community! 

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I am an artist, a musician and a role model

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I’m nineteen and I love to dance.

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It’s a good life out here in Kununurra.

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Markus’ Video Story

I work at Parks and Wildlife.

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I’m very happy doing my own art now.

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Shewani’s Video Story

I very much believe for the power of my story. 

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I like getting ready … my hair, my dress, my makeup, my jewellery. 

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I’ve been a musician all my life.

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Naomi’s Video Story

I love my chickens and I like looking after them.

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I love my life.

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It’s become important to me that I make some sort of contribution to the planet.

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Jos’s Video Story

We now have a beautiful daughter.

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Being a mum with a disability is incredibly fulfilling and challenging, all at the same time.

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I’m a yoga teacher.

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My art has been exhibited in galleries across Australia.

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Brendo’s Video Story

I’ve got lots going on in my life and that’s the way I like it.

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About a year ago, I decided to get fit and tone up.

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I’m starting a Masters in Journalism.

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Alice’s Video Story

In three years I want to go to the best UK university I can possibly get into with my school grades.

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These days I choose to own my disability and be proud of what it means to me.

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Qualifying as a personal trainer is my biggest achievement.

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This year I walked about thirty kilometres in ten and a half hours.

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I’m the founder of Crobs’ Coffee and Chess.

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I’m still the youngest swimmer to win individual gold after 55 years.

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I volunteered at Supanova for the first time ever, it was so good. 

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From the first-time I arrived to the Joondanna neighbourhood, it triggered the sense of returning home.

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Immy’s Video Story

I knew I found my new home from the moment I pulled up the driveway.

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I love game days. I love getting goals a lot.  I try my best. . .

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Jethro’s Video Story

When I get a new student group, I’m always interested in their background stories, like ‘Why are they here now?’

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This really is such a great workplace.

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Ever since I was little, I was never afraid to go up to anything or anyone and feel them to get an idea of what they looked like.

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Emma’s Video Story

I’ve wanted to be a massage therapist since I was 17.

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Shane’s Video Story

I keep it really clean, and I have my things just how like them.

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I had some friends who lived in their own place.

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When it comes to my advocacy and educating about Deaf culture, our history, our language, I believe in compassion first of all.

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Laura’s Video Story

If you give to a community, the community gives back.

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Movement has always been important for me.

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Kathryn’s Video Story

I have learnt to stand up against people who had low expectations of me.

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Nang’s Video Story

My achievement is that anything I do, I give it 100% focus.

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I never throw in the towel until I’m satisfied or I’ve lost interest.

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Image is of Grace


I love performing and I like to make people feel good.

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The image is of Grace - to represent the page's video story is of Grace

Grace’s Video Story

I’m a performer. I love the arts.

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This project is a partnership of

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Logo for Youth Disability Advocacy Network Inc
Logo for WA's Individualised Services
Logo for People With disabilities (WA)
This project is an NDIS Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) initiative and supported by the Department of Communities (Disability Services).
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