As part of this survey, young people with disability were asked about the barriers they have faced when accessing youth services in NSW. They also told us about their understanding of self-advocacy and also the areas in which they would like more information.
34 young people aged between 15 and 25 years answered the survey and this is a short summary of what they told us:
- 100% of young people with disability who had accessed youth services, had faced accessibility barriers
- Only 1 in 5 young people with disability said if they couldn’t access a service, they would contact the organisation for support or adjustments
- 59% of young people with disability have had difficulty accessing work or volunteer opportunities in the past
Barriers To Accessing Youth Services:
- 1 in 2 young people with disability said information about the service being hard to understand was a barrier they had experienced when trying to access a youth service
- 47% of young people with disability said feeling disrespected by the attitude of service staff and/or volunteers was a barrier they had experienced when trying to access a youth service
- 1 in 5 young people had no understanding of what ‘self-advocacy’ means
- 94% of young people indicated they wanted more information about disability rights
- 47% of young people with disability said they are not very confident in finding information about local events and services they may be interested in
- 56% of young people said they are not very confident raising concerns about something they are not happy with at a youth service
Click here to download a visual summary of the survey results from young people with disability.