NEWSFLASH: We have just launched a new National network!
Do you have a passion for issues you and other young people with disabilities face? Do you want to be a voice and make change on a national level? Come and join the Youth Disability Advocacy National (YDAN) network!
YDAN is a collective of young people with disabilities between the ages of 12-25 from across Australia. The purpose of the network is to advocate for youth with disabilities on a national level. YDAN is a new initiative supported by the Youth Disability Advocacy Service which is part of the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria and the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition which is funded by the Federal Government.
We need young people with disabilities from all over the country to join the discussion group on Facebook. It may be a great opportunity to make new friends!
Visit http://www.facebook.com/ydannetwork to join.
For more information contact Madeleine Sobb (YDAN Coordinator) at email@example.com
In late 2008 YDAS was asked by the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FAHCSIA) to host a roundtable consultation for young people with disabilities from around Australia. These young people would gather to provide input int to provide input into a National Disability Strategy. This is an overarching strategy for all policies and programs that address the needs of people with disabilities in Australia. It also describes how Australia will act on its obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The "National Disability Strategy Youth Roundtable", was held on 19 November 2008 in Melbourne. The Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children's Services, Bill Shorten, and 27 young people with disabilities attended.
To take a look at the National Disability Strategy which was released mid-way through 2010, see http://www.alp.org.au/agenda/more---policies/draft-national-disability-strategy/