In 2011 AYAC completed our first national survey of young people with disabilities in education. In that survey 362 people told us about their experiences with disabilities in education, along with their thoughts on how students with disabilities can be better supported by education providers and decision-makers.

View our report from the survey results here (PDF – 182kb)

In our survey one young person said: “Personally, I was too sick to fight the bureaucracy. I was a relatively good advocate for myself but when I came up against organisational brick walls it was just too much work and energy required to fight. I shouldn’t have to fight to get an education. I shouldn’t have to fight for the simple things like using a laptop to write my own notes or for five minute breaks in an exam.”

Much greater support is urgently needed for students with disabilities across the whole Australian education system. Following the survey AYAC has reached out to a number of key decision-makers and urged them to follow a number of AYAC’s recommendations to progress this issue so that all young people – regardless of ability or disability – can access training and education.

Review into the Disability Standards for Education:

In 2011 AYAC worked with the the Youth Disability Advocacy Service to directly consulted with almost 400 young people with a disability (65%) as part of a Federal Government review into the Disability Standards for Education. The voices of young people with a disability are crucial in assessing the effectiveness of the Standards. We formulated the responses into 13 recommendations to the Government, outlined in our submission.

Read AYAC’s submission on Disability Standards for Education: PDF version of the submission

Read the summary results of AYAC’s previous survey on the Disability Standards: Summary of the survey results in PDF or click here to view a video summarising some of the key findings: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvHKfMiJib0

After receiving such an overwhelming response, AYAC continues to work to advance the opinions, experiences, suggestions and comments we received.

AYAC has promoted the results of the survey to the media, via a media release and some video summaries (coming soon), focusing on the four key findings of the consultations.

You can read the full media release here, which focuses on the issue of bullying.

AYAC continues to work with ABC’s Ramp Up to promote these findings, and is seeking to partner with key disability advocacy organisations.

Can YOU help AYAC to change the experience of young people with a disability?

Contact Maia Giordano on 02 9212 0500, or via email maia@ayac.org.au to find out how you can take action.