What we do

    Overview

    Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA) is the national representative organisation for children and young people with disability aged 0 to 25 years. We're a not-for-profit community organisation that was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee in November 2009.

    CYDA provides a link between the direct experiences of children and young people with disability and the Australian Government and other key stakeholders. This is through:

    • participation and representation of children and young people with disability
    • development and dissemination of expert advice
    • implementation of high-impact national advocacy campaigns to positively influence policy, practice and attitudes of the Australian Government, key stakeholders and the wider community
    • the delivery of strategic projects that support the Australian Government to reform its policy and practice
    • a partnership approach with our membership, non-government, government and other stakeholders.

    CYDA receives its core funding from the Department of Social Services (DSS). In addition, we have received project funding from DSS for the National Redress Scheme developed following the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

     

    Role

    CYDA has the mandate to advocate for children and young people with disability living in Australia. We undertake the following to achieve this purpose:

    • listening and responding to the voices and experiences of children and young people with disability
    • advocating for children and young people with disability for equal opportunities, participation and inclusion in the Australian community
    • educating national public policy-makers and the broader community about the experiences of children and young people with disability
    • informing children and young people with disability, their families and care givers about their citizenship rights and entitlements
    • celebrating the successes and achievements of children and young people with disability.

    Vision

    CYDA's vision is that children and young people with disability living in Australia are afforded every opportunity to thrive and achieve their potential, and that their rights and interests as individuals, members of a family and their community are met.

    Purpose

    CYDA's purpose is to advocate systemically at the national level for the rights and interests of all children and young people with disability living in Australia, as individuals, members of a family and their community.

    Principles

    The work of CYDA is guided by the following principles:

    • Fundamental rights: the rights and interests of children and young people with disability are CYDA’s highest priority, consistent with Australia’s obligations under the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
    • Having a childhood: children with disability are children first and foremost and have a right to all aspects of childhood that children without disability are afforded.
    • Participating in decision making: children and young people with disability have the right to participate, in whatever capacity, in decisions that impact on their lives.
    • An inclusive approach: children and young people with all types of disability, from all cultural and religious backgrounds, living with all types of families and in all geographic locations are supported by the work of CYDA.
    • Valuing families and care givers: for the contributions made by families and care givers to support the rights and interests of children and young people with disability.
    • Working in partnerships: CYDA works collaboratively with relevant government, non-government and private sector agencies and the broader community to promote the rights and interests of children and young people with disability.
    • Being accountable: CYDA operates accountably, effectively and ethically as the national peak body charged with the mandate of advocating for children and young people with disability.