Text reads: Children and young people with disability.
Black text and images on a teal background. On the left is a microphone, on the right a wheel. Between these text reads: "Nation Youth Disability Summit 2024, Identity, Community, Empowerment, Change.

22-23 May, hybrid event

About the National Youth Disability Summit

The National Youth Disability Summit is a two-day gathering for young people with disability from all over Australia! 

It is a hybrid event, so you can come to the Batman’s Hill Hotel on Collins Street, Melbourne to take part in person, or join us online from anywhere in Australia.

The Summit is designed for and by young people with disability. It’s a great opportunity to connect with each other and talk about identity, community, empowerment and creating change. There will be guest presenters, Q&A panels, time for discussion, social activities, spaces for creativity and opportunities to learn about, and develop, your advocacy skills. 

For more detailed information on activities at the Summit, you can take a look at our Summit program. You can also check out our frequently asked questions and information about accessibility

A group of CYDA staff and Youth Council posed together in rows, all smiling for the camera. The man in front is lying on his side making the okay sign. There is signage with CYDA branding behind them.
CYDA staff and Youth Council at the 2023 National Disability Youth Summit
A young woman with bright pink hair, lipstick and jacket. She is on a stage, holding a paper and speaking into a microphone. There is signage behind her with CYDA branding on it. She is using a manual wheelchair.
Zoe Simmons, speaker at the 2023 National Youth Disability Summit

What will we be talking about at the Summit in 2024?

The Summit is co-designed by CYDA’s Youth Council. The Youth Council have chosen three topics to talk about at the Summit in 2024. These are:

How to find and build a community, get support, and make sure no one is left behind.

Self-advocacy, setting boundaries, telling your story, overcoming internalised ableism and different relationships with disability pride.

Grassroots and systemic advocacy, challenging ableism, and how to make change in a way that works for you. 

Who can go to the Summit?

Young people with all kinds of disability are welcome at the Summit. This includes people with: 

You do not need to have a medical diagnosis to go to the Summit.

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Two young people grinning as they hold up an instagram cutout with with National Youth Disability Summit branding, including a plane and a Canberra cityscape. They are in an event space, and there are people milling about at tables behind them.

Expressions of interest are now closed

Thank you to everyone who has expressed interest in attending the 2024 Summit. We aim to let you know if your application was successful by Monday 29 April, 2024.  


Supported by

The Summit is made possible with Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) funding from the Department of Social Services (DSS).