Steering Committee

The YDAS steering committee is composed of young people 12-25 from across Victoria, most of whom have disabilities. The committee works with YDAS staff to make our service is relevant to young people with disabilities, and addresses their advocacy needs.

The YDAS steering committee:

  • Provides direction and vision for YDAS
  • Decides, with the YDAS manager, which areas of systemic advocacy YDAS will work on and how
  • Identifies and discusses issues of importance to young people with disabilities
  • Provides input and feedback on YDAS campaigns and projects
  • Represents YDAS on external groups and committees

The minimum commitment as a Steering Committee member is to participate in a meeting every six weeks. It is a voluntary position, but travel expenses, catering and support needs (e.g. Auslan interpreters or attendant support) are covered by YDAS.

Steering Committee members are offered the opportunity to get involved in relevant events, forums, projects and programs. They can also nominate to represent YDAS, and be a voice for young people, on external advisory groups.

If you are interested in becoming involved with YDAS, or would like to find out more, contact Lauren at ydaspolicy@yacvic.org.au or on 9267 3708.


Luke2 Luke is 23 and has Nemaline Myopathy. He is the current president of the Victorian Electric Wheelchair Sports association and loves the work that he does in disability sports. He is currently studying a degree in Sports Management and hopes to further his knowledge in disability advocacy. When he’s not playing sport, he loves hanging out with friends in the city, watching movies and playing video games.
Katerina2 Katerina has been a member of the YDAS Steering Committee since late 2012. She has graduated from a Bachelor of Science (Major in Physiology), and is completing her final year of a Bachelor of Laws at Monash University in 2016. Katerina’s passion for equal access and opportunity in all aspects of life stems from a personal connection with an individual with a disability. While she is currently pursuing a career in commercial law, disability advocacy remains at the forefront of her social endeavours.
Stella2 Stella is a year 11 student at Shelford Girls’ Grammar School.  She is a keen horse rider and has also been dancing since she was four. She has studied ballet to gold medal level. Stella has been involved in disability media community television programs, Chair Chat and No Limits. On Chair Chat in 2014, she conducted an interview with members of the Disability Advisory Committee of the Royal Melbourne Hospital about accessibility in the medical system. Stella is currently involved in a disability advocacy radio show on SYN Radio, which discusses issues within the community that affect people with disabilities.
Ariane2 Ariane is 25. She is a board member of the Cerebral Palsy Support Network. She has been able to present her side of the story in various ways including a variety of print media over the last few years. Ariane was co-MC at the Children with Disability Australia launch in May 2010. Featured in an interview on ‘Understanding Prejudice’ DVD produced by Visual Education Australia and was a member of the Federal Government’s Youth Roundtable in 2008. She was also a panel member on the ‘Hypothetical Panel’ as part of Scope Victoria Annual General Meeting in 2007.
Shani2 Shani is 23. She is a public health student at La Trobe University. She is passionate about bridging the gap between those who have disabilities and are marginalised in the community.
Veronica is 21. She is currently volunteering at Villa Maria in the aged care lifestyle department, where she socialises with residents. She is obsessed with Star Wars and her favourite food is chocolate.
Sam YDAS steering committee Kochava Lilit (fae/faer or they/them pronouns) is a disability & queer rights activist. As an autistic wheelchair user with psychosis, CPTSD, and BPD, fae has more than enough lived experience of navigating an ableist society. Fae is defiantly disabled and proud, and loves being autistic and having ADHD. Kochava writes about disability and queer rights at lobashamayimhiblog.wordpress.com, is the head of Ygender (a support and advocacy org for trans youth), and is passionate about social justice and storytelling.