Office of the Child and Youth Advocate

The experiences of young people with disabilities in the child intervention and youth justice systems


Are you a young person with a disability who is also involved with the child intervention or youth justice system?

OR

Do you care for, support, or work with young people with disabilities who are involved in either of these systems?

We want to hear from you!

We are writing a report about what life is like for young people with disabilities who are part of the child intervention or youth justice systems. We would like to learn more about what sorts of things are helpful and make life better and what sorts of things make life harder and should be changed.

For this report, we are defining disability as:

“Any condition of the body or mind (impairment) that makes it more difficult for the person with the condition to do certain activities (activity limitation) and interact with the world around them (participation restrictions).” – Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Ways you can participate:

Young People

We would like to meet with you to tell you more about the project and then you can decide if you want to participate. You can also have an adult who is important in your life come to the meeting.

Please email jay.vandermeulen@ocya.alberta.ca to arrange a time to meet.

Caregivers/Family/Friends/Community Stakeholders

You’re invited to attend one of our virtual community consultations to share your experiences and help us learn:

Virtual Consultation Dates:

Please RSVP to events@ocya.alberta.ca. When you RSVP, please let us know if you need accommodations during the meeting.

If you’re unable to attend but would still like to share your thoughts, please email jay.vandermeulen@ocya.alberta.ca to arrange an individual consultation.