YDAS Launches Youth Disability Rights Hub

Youth Disability Advocacy Service and Youth Affairs Council of Victoria launch the Youth Disability Rights Hub

Victoria’s young people with disability, and those who work with them, will have a fantastic new resource when the Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) together with the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic) launches the Youth Disability Rights Hub, in Law Week on 13 May 2014. The Youth Disability Rights Hub (youthdisabilityrights.org.au) is an online resource which aims to empower young Victorians with disabilities aged 12-25 to know and defend their rights.

The Youth Disability Rights Hub is easily accessible on smartphones and mobile devices, making it available anywhere! The website has been developed in extensive consultation with young people with disability. The website is divided into 12 topic areas including as employment, education, transport, travel, housing, money and much more. Each area contains frequently asked questions, as well as captioned videos, and contacts for more advice.

Georgie Ferrari, YACVic CEO, said “The Youth Disability Rights Hub is a fantastic resource, putting plain English legal information for young Victorians with a disability in one place.  This website, the first of its kind, provides up to date and accessible legal information on topics that young people with disabilities have told us they need to know about.  Whether it’s information on income support, respite care, access to education or sex and sexuality; useful, practical and accurate information is now at the click of a mouse.”

Ariane Garner Williams, YDAS Steering Committee member, said, “I believe that this website will give young people with disabilities a better understanding of their rights and make it easier for them to advocate for themselves and others. I am particularly interested in learning more about my rights in regards to sexuality and education. I don’t feel like I have the information about these issues, and I think the Youth Disability Rights Hub will help me to better understand these issues.”

YACVic and YDAS would like to thank the Legal Services Board Grants Program for their generous funding of this important resource.  Without their support, this website would not have been built.  We would also like to thank Victoria Legal Aid for their assistance with legal fact checking and support and advice.

For further comment, please contact:

Leah Van Poppel, YDAS Manager, (03) 9267 3709 or Georgie Ferrari, YACVic CEO, 0411 484 428