Children and Young People with Disability Australia

Promoting equal opportunity and full inclusion for children and young people with disability (0-25 years) across Australia. 

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New workshops and events

CYDA’s DREAM (Disability Representation Employment & Accessibility Mission) Network is currently running workshops and networking events for:

Young people with disability looking for leadership and career opportunities.

Employers with an interest in learning about, or providing, accessible employment.

Book Power

Free webinar! Our 2024 Book Power webinar is a fantastic resource for teachers, parents, writers, readers, librarians, advocates, and anyone interested in disability representation in literature.

Presenters spoke about the history of disability representation in the media, the impact of positive representation, how it’s improving, and where we can do better. 

Come join us at team CYDA!

With new funding and projects on the way, it’s a very exciting time to be working at CYDA!

We have 8 new positions available, including 3 positions specifically for young people with disability.

Applications close Sunday 28 July.

AuDHD advocate, Emily Unity, CYDA Youth Programs Manager, Daniel Munter, and CYDA CEO, Skye Kakoschke-Moore, recently travelled to New York to represent CYDA at CoSP17, the annual UN conference on the rights of people with disability. 

Know your rights!

CYDA has been working with the Australian Government to develop a series of resources to help students with disability, their families and caregivers understand their rights in the education system.

The resources were co-designed by young people with disability and their families and are available in Easy Read, Auslan and community languages.

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CYDA and the Disability Royal Commission

The Disability Royal Commission into violence, abuse neglect and exploitation of disabled people has released it’s final report.

CYDA calls for an end to segregated education and employment, and the elimination of all restrictive practices against children and young people with disability.

CYDA and the NDIS Review

CYDA has been working with the NDIS Review to make sure the needs and interests of children and young people with disability are represented in reforms. The full list of recommendations from the NDIS review has now been released!

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Amendments vital to make NDIS Bill fair

The recommendations in the report of the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Amendment Bill 2024 are disrespectful and profoundly disappointing, say disability organisations.

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An important part of the work we do at CYDA is making submissions to government and policy makers. In our submissions, we make recommendations for changes to uphold the rights, and improve the wellbeing, of children and young people with disability.

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Since June 2023, we have ...



co-design sessions with young people with disability



submissions to government 



new participants in our projects and programs

partnered with


organisations on initiatives that benefit our community