All-abilities disco run by SimSam at Bar Indigo in Rockingham helping people with disabilities find love

Rachel FennerSound Telegraph
SimSam’s all abilities disco is helping people with disabilities find love.
Camera IconSimSam’s all abilities disco is helping people with disabilities find love. Credit: Rachel Fenner

A love of the dance led to romance for Matthew and Katiese, but finding a space to rock out in hasn’t always been easy.

But the pair found each other thanks to Simone and Sam’s all-abilities disco.

Simone and Sam started their business SimSam to help people with disabilities develop friendships and romantic relationships in a safe and inclusive environment.

The pair both worked for a non-profit organisation and tried to start something within the organisation for people with disabilities. before deciding to go it alone.

Get in front of tomorrow's news for FREE

Journalism for the curious Australian across politics, business, culture and opinion.


SimSam now has a following of about 100 people, plus their parents or carers, who now attend the monthly dance at Bar Indigo at the Swinging Pig.

Matthew, 40, from Kelmscott, said he went to every disco and hopes to move to Mandurah soon to live with Katiese, 41.

The couple recently celebrated their first anniversary and see each other every Friday.

“We get amazing feedback from the public and the people attending our events and they often ask us to run more,” Simone said.

“The gap in the community was so large and we were one of the first all-abilities discos in the Peel area and we still are.

“The people we support look forward to this disco so much it’s just awesome to see.”

Matthew and Katiese.
Camera IconMatthew and Katiese. Credit: Rachel Fenner

Simone said multiple couples had met each other at the disco.

About eight to 10 attendees also help run the disco, including helping set up and DJing the event.

Simone and Sam were runner-ups in the Rockingham Community Citizen of the Year awards in the active citizenship category in January.

Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails