We help teens develop empathy and knowledge to become allies of those with disabilities, a community too often overlooked in diversity conversations.

We’ll be updating this page soon with more resources and information on organizations that serve the disability community and the important work they are doing.

YCD Workshops on Disabilities and Abilities

Below is a sampling of workshops YCD has offered at prior conferences and events around the issues of disabilities and abilities. Click on any workshop title to read more about the session, the presenter, and reviews from our participants.

Character Counts: Not Judging People

Let’s have a discussion about students who may be “different” than their peers. Using a hands-on demonstration, we will also talk about not labeling ourselves or one another. Not judging people is harder than it may seem; do you have what it takes?

Come Roll in My Shoes: A Day in the Life of Someone with a Disability

It is impossible to truly know what anyone else is going through – including people with disabilities.  However, we can get a better perspective by exploring different challenges commonly found in high school.  Participants will engage in several activities that explore what it is like to have autism, physical disabilities, learning disabilities, and others.  This workshop is perfect for those wishing to learn more about how to support these students in their own school or those thinking of a career working with people who face physical/mental challenges.

Living Well with a Disability

Students with physical challenges address the room.

Join the Center for People with Disabilities (CPWD) for a panel discussion with individuals who have all types of disabilities.

How have they worked with issues of accessibility in school or on the job? What was a difficult social experience that they had in high school, and how did they work through it? What people in their lives have made positive differences for them? We will address how members in the audience can become allies to individuals with disabilities.

Yes, You Can Fight City Hall—Let Us Teach You How

We will teach young people that do not like to accept the answer “because that is the rule” to learn how to change rules that do not make sense or that are unfair. Often rules are set up by people that do not have to live within the rules.

Instead of this cycle, we work to teach people how to change the rules that are causing the problem. When we organize and get a bunch of people together we CAN change City Hall.  Join us to learn how the disability community has been changing city halls all over the country for decades, and tools you can use to advance your cause.