The Disability Royal Commission wants to hear about disabled people's experiences of Someone is hurting you physically.violenceSomeone is treating you badly.abuseYou are not being supported or taken care of the way you should be.neglect and Someone is using you or taking advantage of you.exploitation.

Click here to learn more about the Disability Royal Commission and why it is important.

Why is it important to speak up?

Sharing your story will help the Disability Royal Commission understand what is going wrong and what needs fixing.

The stories and experiences people share will help the Disability Royal Commission recommend changes to Rules decided by the Australian Government that all people in Australia must follow.laws and A set of ideas or a plan that says what to do in different situations. They have been agreed to by a group of people, organisation, or government.policies so that all disabled Australians feel safe and included.

Click here to learn more about why it is important for young people to speak up during the Disability Royal Commission.

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What experiences can I share?

The Disability Royal Commission wants to find out how and why disabled people experience violence, abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

Violence means that someone is hurting you physically.

Abuse means that someone is treating you badly.

Neglect means that you are not being supported or taken care of the way you should be. 

Exploitation means that someone is using you or taking advantage of you.

These things can happen anywhere, including:

  • at home
  • at school
  • at work
  • in hospitals or A place where people can go if they have a mental illness and need support.mental health facilities
  • on public transport
  • in the community

The Disability Royal Commission wants you to share your story if you have experienced any of these things. 

This will help the Disability Royal Commission recommend changes that can help prevent these things happening again.

How can I share my experience?

You can share your experiences with the Disability Royal Commission by making a submission.

A submission is a way for you to share your experiences in your own words with the Disability Royal Commission.

Think about the ways you like to communicate best.

In this 3 minute video disabled young people talk about how they like to communicate.

Share your experience in a way that works best for you.

You can:

  • Share a video or audio recording of you speaking about your experience
  • Write a letter or email
  • Share your story over the phone
  • Fill out a form on the Disability Royal Commission website

Your submission does not have to be long or detailed. It does not matter if you don’t remember everything.

Click here to visit the Disability Royal Commission website to learn more about making a submission.

Can I get support to share my experience?

Someone you trust can help you make a submission to the Disability Royal Commission.

This could be a:

  • Family member
  • Friend
  • Carer
  • Teacher

YDAS is also working with AMIDA to support disabled young people to share their stories and experiences with the Disability Royal Commission.

Click here to find out more about getting support to make a submission to the Disability Royal Commission.