Youth and Disability Advocacy Service

Date posted: 
15 March 2006

Seeking Young People with Disabilities for the Youth and Disability Advocacy Service

Are you a young person who wants to make Victoria a better place for young
people with disabilities?

Yes? Then you may like to consider becoming involved with a new advocacy
service for young people with disabilities called YDAS!

What is YDAS?

The Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic), in partnership with Youthlaw
and the Disability Discrimination Legal Service has been funded by the
Department of Human Services to establish the Youth and Disability Advocacy
Service (YDAS). Disability advocacy is about making things better by
speaking out about the issues that are important to you and other people
with disabilities.

Why join YDAS?

YDAS is seeking expressions of interest from young people, between the ages
of 12 and 25, to be involved in making decisions about the direction and
priorities of the new service and to take part in advocacy to improve the
lives of young people with disabilities. These young people will form the
YDAS steering committee and will work closely with the coordinator to ensure
that the work of the service is relevant to young people with disabilities
and that it is actively addressing their advocacy needs.

If you are a young person with a disability with an interest in disability
rights, this is an opportunity for you to increase your skills, work in a
team and participate in disability advocacy. You may have an interest in
increasing access to:

  • information, buildings and transport
  • sport and recreation
  • schools and universities
  • support and equipment
  • shows, pubs and clubs

As a member of the steering committee, you will decide with other young
people, what issues you would like to address and what action you would like
to take. For example, the committee may wish to develop a campaign to reduce
bullying in schools. Together you will prioritise what is most important to
young people with disabilities.

What do I have to do?

As a member of the steering committee, you will need to participate in
regular meetings and to be available to work with the coordinator of the
service and other steering committee members on various tasks from time to
time. Your minimum time commitment would be 2 hours per month. While your
participation is voluntary, your expenses will be covered by YDAS and your
access needs will be catered for.

For more information, or to express your interest in joining the steering
committee of YDAS, please contact George Taleporos, Coordinator, Youth
Disability Advocacy Service, Youth Affairs Council of Victoria Inc., Level
2, 172 Flinders St Melbourne Vic 3000, Ph 03 9267 3755, Mob 0412814851, Fax
03 9639 1622, E-Mail [email protected]

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