At the UN, Youth Delegation advise on issues that affect the disability sector globally

A delegation of 7 Australian young people with disability met in New York with Therese Sands, Co-Chief Executive Director, People With Disability Australia (PWDA) and AHRCentre Project Director Rosemary Kayess, Chairperson, ACDL. PWDA and the Australian Centre for Disability Law (ACDL) were in New York from 10-12 June 2014 as part of a delegation of young people with disability at the 7th Session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP) at the United Nations (UN) in New York. The delegation was supported by the Australian Human Rights Commission and funding from an Australian Government grants program and the generous contributions made by Benevolent organisations, disability organisations and individuals.

Seen as an important part of the discussions surrounding the Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), this 2014 CSF provided a great opportunity for civil society to reflect on how far we’ve come before heading into a new era in disability reform.


To listen to or read the full New York reports, click here to access the PWDA website: 

AUSTRALIAN SIDE EVENT at the UN: Strengthening Emerging Leaders with Disability – Barriers and Opportunities 

Emerging young leaders with disability from Australia identified the barriers and facilitators to youth leadership. They spoke about their diverse experiences within the disability rights movement and shared strategies and opportunities that can assist DPO’s, civil society and governments to promote and support engagement and leadership of young people with disability. 




Ms Ace Boncato, National Ethnic Disability Alliance 

Ms Cashelle Dunn, Women With Disabilities Australia

Ms Lauren Henley, Blind Citizens Australia 

Ms Desiree Johnston, Speak Out Tasmania/National Council on Intellectual Disability 

Ms Bonnie Millen, People with Disability Australia 

Mr Joel Wilson, Autistic Self Advocacy Network of Australia and New Zealand/People with Disabilities Western Australia 


Mr Brendan Pearce, Deafness Forum of Australia