GDA’s Young Drivers for Change brings young disabled people (aged 14+) together to build skills, confidence and peer support to enable young disabled people’s voices to influence change.
We offer free and accessible sessions for young disabled people to come together to build skills, confidence, make friends and have fun.
GDA’s Young Drivers for Change develop their talents and ideas through:
- Media skills
- Creative Activism
- Telling your Story
- Our Human Rights
- Goal setting
- Facilitation skills
- Online campaigning
- Peer research
Our Young Drivers for Change have contributed their time and expertise to speaking out about the barriers young disabled people face and what matters most to them, including through:
- Scottish Youth Parliament Manifesto workshops
- Scottish Government’s Disabled Children and Young People Advisory Group
- ‘Cost of the School Day’ and child poverty planning in Glasgow
- Workshops and Action planning for embedding rights in Scotland, including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
If you are interest in getting involved or hearing more about our Young Members programme, get in touch at [email protected]
You can find out more about our Summer Holiday programme (2023) here: https://gda.scot/resources/summer-programme-2023-for-young-disabled-people/
Watch!: Young GDA members share their stories or listen to their podcast:
Luke’s story shows how with the right equipment and support in place you can live independently.
A lot of guys my age might say they love their bed – maybe cause they like to lie around in it, playing computer games…
Merissa’s film tells of how being part of GDA has helped build her confidence and connections.
GDA’s circus project
This film talks about a circus project which involved young disabled people from our membership.
Podcast – GDA Voices: Young Disabled People TAKEOVER
Young disabled people are taking the mic!
For #MentalHealthAwareness week and the Holyrood elections, young GDA members have been speaking up about accessibility of voting, positive tips for mental wellbeing during the pandemic, and life with a hidden impairment – including the pros and cons of an autistic sense of humour! This #MentalHealthMonth dive in and have a listen to what young disabled people have to say.