Nothing Without Us! Self-Advocacy Podcast

Join youth advocates Saskia, Anneke, Georgia, Isabella, and Ez as they unveil the realities of growing up with unique challenges stemming from health barriers and social exclusion. The vibrant team from YDAN navigates poignant discussions on self-advocacy, sharing not just stories but also lessons learned from their own personal journeys. In each episode, they uncover ways to triumph over adversities, fostering a community that champions understanding and empowerment. Tune in to be inspired, to reflect, and to find camaraderie in the face of life’s hurdles.


Join YDAN team members Izzie, Anneke and Saskia as they launch the Not Without Us! podcast with a discussion about self-advocacy from their perspective as young people with disability. As well-seasoned advocates, they are ready to share their insights and inspire others to claim their voice. Tune in for an empowering conversation you won’t want to miss!


Anneke, Saskia, Izzie, and Georgia discuss their experiences navigating disability identity and pride. Their discussion highlights how disability pride is personal, political, and empowering. It is a journey, not a destination, filled with lessons that strengthen them each day. By sharing their stories, they aim to inspire others on their own journeys of self-acceptance and empowerment.

Izzie, Saskia, and Anneke explore how disability is understood through the social, human rights, and medical models. They analyse ableism, intersectionality, stigma, and advocacy, looking at how these ideas show up in and relate across the different models. Through open and honest conversation, they work to build understanding and identify ways to dismantle oppressive systems.

Izzie, Anneke, Saskia, and Georgia talk about how to notice when people make wrong assumptions about you and how to argue against those assumptions. The main ideas are challenging ableism, how assumptions can make you feel, how to avoid those assumptions, and the self-care that comes with speaking up for yourself.

Georgia, Ez, Anneke, and Saskia discuss how people get different diagnoses and what that experience is like. They talk about getting the wrong diagnosis, diagnosing yourself, having more than one condition, getting diagnosed earlier or later in life, and choosing whether or not to tell others about a diagnosis.

Izzie, Saskia, Ez, and Anneke talk about speaking up for themselves in school and at work. They talk about what it’s like going through these places as young people with disability. They look at how things aren’t set up right and rethink what it means to be professional in the disability community.