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About the “What young people said” papers
At CYDA’s first National Youth Disability Summit in 2020, young people with disability from across Australia came together as a community to use their voices to shape the future.
The Summit went for five days. It had a range of online sessions and workshops. Young people with disability had the opportunity to meet, share their ideas, and develop new skills and knowledge.
Over 250 young people attended the Summit.
Each day of the Summit was focussed on a different topic:
A series of policy papers called “What young people said” were written about what was said at the Summit. You can download the papers here 👇
Young people with disability talk about identity, enablers, barriers, solutions and a social movement to improve the quality and accessibility of education for disabled students.
Young people with disability are more than twice as likely to be unemployed than older adults with disability (25 per cent compared to 8 per cent).
Young people with disability are also more than twice as likely to be underemployed. This means they can and want to work more hours than they do. In this paper, young people with disability talk about ways to make employment more accessible.
Mental health and wellbeing
Our wellbeing is linked to the opportunities we have to connect with our communities, friends and families. It is linked to the opportunities we have to access support when we need it and to lead fulfilling lives.
Mental health and wellbeing looks different for each person, and so do mental health care needs.
In this paper, young people with disability talk about the things that impact their mental health and wellbeing, both good and bad.
While the NDIS has great potential to offer people new and positive opportunities, there are still a lot of kinks to work out before many people with disability can benefit from the Scheme. In this paper, young people talk about what is working and not working in the NDIS, and what needs to change.
Awareness, access and inclusion
Prejudice and bad attitudes can impact how young people see themselves. They also impact the opportunities young people with disability have to enjoy the good things in life, and their potential to grow and thrive. By changing these attitudes and setting new, more inclusive norms, society can support young people with disability to succeed. In this paper, young people with disability talk about how to improve societal awareness, access and inclusion.
Mental health and wellbeing information and resources
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