Our history

SensesWA is one of Western Australia’s oldest charities and has been providing disability support to the Western Australian community since 1896.

We’ve been known by several different names over the years, but we began in 1896 as the Western Australian Industrial School for the Blind.  One of our most significant transformations occurred in 2001, when the Royal WA Institute for the Blind and the WA Deafblind Association amalgamated to form Senses Foundation.

With continued changes in social attitudes to disability, our role has evolved to include employment, training, respite, recreation and a variety of accommodation options.

On the 1 July 2013, Senses Foundation became SensesWA, a not for profit charity.  Our constitution was changed as part of this process, widening our client group to all people with disability.

In 2021 our name changed again to become SensesWA. Although over the years we’ve had many different names but one constant truth remains; it’s people who make the difference. We believe in the power of meaningful relationships to bring value to people’s lives.
Whatever your link with disability, we are here for you, delivering high quality, value for money services and supports.