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Youth led advocacy

A lot of the advocacy work we do at CYDA is led or co-designed by young people with disability.

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A series of videos and papers in which young people with disability have their say about the issues that matter to them. These issues include:

What young people said

At our National Youth Disability Summits  in 2020 and 2023, young people with disability came together to talk about:

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CYDA Youth at the UN

“We know our own issues best ... and we are one of the most creative, entrepreneurial sectors of society and we are continuously underestimated."

In June 2023, CYDA sent four youth delegates to the UN Conference of State Parties to talk about the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. 

CYDA’s 2022 Federal Election Platform

Young people with disability were heavily involved in building CYDA’s 2022 Federal Election platform. They also held a free, online forum for politicians from Australia’s major political parties to answer questions from young people about their policies.

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