Have your say
Amplifying the voice of children and young people
CYDA has the mandate to advocate for children and young people with disability living in Australia and undertakes to listen and respond to their voices and experiences. There are a number of ways to connect and share your experiences with us.
CYDA regularly consults with our members through surveys, focus groups, working groups and consultation forums.
The latest opportunities to have your say are below.
Have your say in CYDA’s new Strategic Plan
Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA) is your national organisation to advance the aspirations, rights, issues for children and young people with disability in Australia.
We are about to embark on developing our new four-year Strategic Plan.
We are excited to hear from young people with disability (ages 15-25) about their experiences and aspirations, and families/carers of children and young people with disability (aged 0-25) about what CYDA's strategic plan should look like!
We are holding four focus groups, two for young people with disability and two for families/carers. The focus groups will be facilitated by Sue Kelsall from Rapid Impact and Melanie Tran, who chairs CYDA’s National Youth Disability Summit Co-Design Committee.
To register your interest in participating in a focus group, please click on the dates below. Young people with disability will be reimbursed via gift card for their time and insights.
CYDA Strategic Plan focus groups - express your interest in participating.
- Tuesday 8 September: 4pm – young people with disability
- Wednesday 9 September: 4pm – families/carers of children with disability
- Thursday 10 September: 4pm – families/carers of children with disability
Consultation to develop national child-friendly complaints resources
The Commissioner for Children and Young People WA have recently been appointed by the National Office of Child Safety (NOCS) to develop resources for children and young people explaining their right to speak up when they feel uncomfortable, unsafe or marginalised, and outlining the steps they can take to raise their concerns or make complaints within organisations.
It would add value to the consultation phase and to the information used to shape the child friendly complaints resources -Principle 6 of the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations, if you could could spare 10 minutes to complete their survey:
There is a survey for young people and one for adults that play a significant role in the lives of young people, survey closes 11th Sept. Links to surveys:
Disability Royal Commission Workshops
In partnership with state and territory-based organisations, over the past few months CYDA has co-hosted online workshops for individuals and families interested in learning more about the Disability Royal Commission and how to have their say on the issue of inclusive education.
The online workshops include practical tips and support to prepare your own submission if you would like to do so. Frequently asked questions about the Royal Commission are addressed, and you will have an opportunity to hear about other work being undertaken to promote inclusive education through engagement with the Royal Commission.
Learn more about the Disability Royal Commission and how to share your stories.
Talk to us on Twitter
Twitter is where news is broken, links are shared and memes are born. Unlike Facebook, Twitter is public by default. Tweets can contain links, photos, GIFs or videos. But if you're tweeting text with us, you're limited to 280 characters.
Follow us on Facebook
Facebook is a great platform for CYDA to reach a mass of children and young people with disability and their families. It is also a good way to connect and communicate with our members and stakeholders.
Connect with us on Instagram
At CYDA we leverage Instagram to share our vision and goals, advocate for support, profile our members and show the impact of our work, using one of the most visceral and powerful mediums possible: visual media.
Attend our events
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You can contact us by phone or email to provide information or if you have an enquiry.
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