Youth Voice

Content by young people with disability. Talking about policy, advocacy and lived experience.

young woman with long brown and pink hair smiling into the camera with her head tilted slightly to one side.

How does self-care work as a deafblind person?

I can not do some typical self-care activities that others who aren’t deafblind might do. I can’t go to the movies and see a film, or watch Netflix while curled up on the couch …

One thing that brings me great joy and allows me to truly switch off, is reading, but the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) are of the belief that funding braille translation of books is not “reasonable” or “necessary”.

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group of six young, school aged children playing and hugging on the carpet in a school library.

The need for inclusive education

Pre-service Teachers are still not required to learn about disability in their four years of study, and if they are taught about disability in education, it is usually only a very small portion of what should actually be taught.

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young person in wheelchair looking through a large window, the image is taken from behind the young person.

“Self-care” is exhausting (ironic, huh)

I love self-care. I will gladly indulge in anything that gives me the happy brain stuff (also known as Serotonin and Dopamine), but my enjoyment of reading uninterrupted for days, or cleaning, or rewatching something I’ve seen a million times before isn’t generally perceived as “self-care”, despite its positive impact.

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hearing aid in the ear of a person with dark hair.

What they don’t tell you when you receive a diagnosis

Diagnoses of invisible disabilities (for example, MS, ADHD, arthritis, brain injuries, diabetes, learning disabilities, chronic pain and fatigue etc.) are undeniably tricky to navigate, and can be especially difficult for parents with young children with little to no experience of the disability sector

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inclusive education classroom with disability icons of wheelchair, walking stick, brain, auslan and walking can on blackboard.

The value of disabled teachers in the classroom

I have done a lot of evolving in my short-long life. From the kid who was left behind, to the person teaching the class. I have a lot to say on the education system – mostly that it’s kaput – and I feel a lot of responsibility when it comes to teaching my kiddos (who, like me, are disabled).

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the word, disabled.

Overcoming the fear of labelling

Since I was a school kid, I have shown signs of ADD – attention deficit disorder.

Spending majority of my classes in uncontrolled daydreaming, fidgeting unconsciously with the stationaries on my desk, and missing half of my schoolwork unintentionally, I started to become frustrated about myself.

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The Honourable Bill Shorten, Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), with two young people, Ebe and Kay, standing together, smiling for the camera. Ebe has bright pink hair and wears glasses. Kay has auburn hair. Both are dressed in bright professional attire.

An optimistic future for disability employment: young advocates facilitate the NDIS Jobs & Skills Forum

The NDIS Jobs and Skills Forum was held on Wednesday 17th August 2022. It was called by The Honourable Bill Shorten, Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and brought together people with disability, service providers, unions, peak representative bodies and more to talk about the future of disability employment, the NDIS, and the disability workforce

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