Our Current Projects
YDAN is always on the lookout for new opportunities to support our members, and regularly applies for funding to implement projects that centre young people with disabilities.
The Disability Empowerment Project
The Disability Empowerment Project (DEP) aims to empower young people with disability (in Western Australia and throughout Australia) to develop and improve their self advocacy skills.
Through taking part in training that has been co-designed by other young people with disability, DEP builds the ability of young people with disability to show up for themselves by growing their understanding of their rights and how to exercise them allowing them greater autonomy over their lives.
The Access and Inclusion Matters Project
Young people with disability experience unique barriers in participating meaningfully in their communities. Two of the biggest barriers are inaccessibility and lack of understanding from community organisations. The Access and Inclusion Matters Project addresses these barriers by directly involving young people with disability in educating community organisations about access and inclusion practices.
Young people with disability are employed to lead, design and deliver the program that involves practical and informative workshops, experiential audits and supporting resources. This project runs between July 2020 and September 2021.
UNLEASHED 2021 will aim to build the individual capacity of young people with disabilities (YPWD) living in Western Australia to increase their job-readiness and build skills which will lead to better employment opportunities. YPWD will also be given the opportunity to network with potential employers and to develop relationships with mentors and acquire employment leads.
Finally, Unleashed will provide YPWD with the skills and opportunity to share their story through whatever expressive form they choose, so that all young people, regardless of barriers associated with language or speech, can share their story with the community.