CYDA Survey

Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA) is the national representative organisation for children and young people with disability aged 0 to 25 years. CYDA is again conducting a national survey to gain information about school experiences of students with disability and to learn more about what support is being provided.

CYDA strongly urges young people with disability and families to participate. The information obtained provides us with important information about the direct experiences of students which will inform our advocacy to governments and other stakeholders to progress much needed reform. 

Please share the survey to assist CYDA to obtain a strong and informed response.

For further information or assistance with completing the survey please contact CYDA by phone on 03 9417 1025 or 1800 222 660 (regional or interstate callers) or via email at Please provide your email address, where indicated if you would like to receive a copy of the survey results.

Surveys should be completed by young people with disability or families of students currently attending school. If other individuals or organisations are wishing to provide information to inform CYDA’s work in this area then they are welcome to contact the office and are asked not to complete this survey.

If you are the parent of more than one child with disability at school please complete a separate survey for each child.


Thank you for contributing to the work of Children and Young People with Disability Australia.

To complete the survey go to:

2017 AGM + Special Guest Speaker

SPOT on DD Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Tuesday 19 September 2017, 6pm-8pm

University of Sydney, Cumberland Campus, Room T109

The AGM is an important annual event for SPOT on DD members to hear an update from the President & Treasurer regarding SPOT on DD’s operations. There will also be an opportunity for members to vote for or join the SPOT on DD committee.

Guest speaker: Therapy in the NDIS in the Hunter – Beth Gwalter, RecoveryStation

Beth is an occupational therapist and the managing director of a multidisciplinary therapy practice that engages with a range of funding programs including the NDIS. She will speak about her experience working in the NDIS in the Hunter.


Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN) PhD Scholarship: Adults with ASD

The Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN) within the School of Psychiatry, UNSW Sydney  is offering one or more upcoming three-year full-time PhD positions on a longitudinal study of participation, productivity, and health and well-being of adults living with autism spectrum disorders.

The value of this scholarship is AUD $26,682.00 per annum.

Application open until 30th June 2017.

For further information:

One week to go until our Members’ Only CPD event!

Only ONE week until our next Members’ CPD event: Navigating Equipment Prescription through the NDIS Forum.

We have our panel members confirmed!!!
Including representatives from NDIA and Enable NSW, as well as, allied health professionals who have had extensive experience prescribing equipment.

Don’t miss out and register here now!

This event is for current 2016-2017 SPOT on DD members. If you are not currently a member, you can register for membership (expires 30 June 2017) to attend this forum. 


Upcoming CPD events!

SPOT on DD is making a come back! We’ve been busy organising a couple of exciting CPD events – please put them in your diaries and register now!

Preschool children & ASD: The whole picture of sensory based interventions (webinar)
Tuesday 2 May 2017, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Presented by Dr Kim Bulkeley
Kim will share some of the insights she has gained about the current state of the research on sensory interventions for young children with autism. She will provide an overview of her thesis literature review.
This webinar is suitable for therapists and others who work with young children with sensory processing difficulties.

To register your attendance, please click here.

Navigating equipment prescription through the NDIS forum
Tuesday 6 June 2017, 6:30pm-8pm
University of Sydney, Cumberland Campus, Room T109
Meet experienced equipment prescribers and managers who will provide insight into the equipment prescription process in the NDIS world. There will be opportunities to discuss case studies and ask questions.
This forum is suitable for all therapists who prescribe equipment (e.g. wheelchairs, AAC, standing frame, vehicle modifications) or other professionals that want to understand the equipment prescription process for their clients.

Registration is free for current SPOT on DD members.
If you are not a current member, please click here for further details on membership and how to join us.

For further information regarding our CPD events, please contact us at

A Big Hello from SPOT on DD!

Hi Current, Past and (hopefully) Soon-to-be Members,

We wanted to let you know that SPOT on DD is alive and running!

With our new executive team, elected in September 2016 at our AGM/Strategic Planning Evening, we have been busy planning SPOT on DD’s re-entry into cyberspace. We are hoping to keep everyone up-to-date on what’s happening through our new and improved website, and of course, social media!

Please watch this space as we have exciting PD opportunities coming up in the next few months!

In the meantime, you can follow us on Facebook for links to all sorts of resources that we’re sharing.

Hope to see you back here soon!

SPOT on DD Exec Team


Treasurer’s Report 2013-14

Hello SPOT members,


SPOT on DD began the year with a surplus of $11, 539 and ended up with surplus of $19, 855 in the accounts at the end of the financial year.  This gain represents considerably less money spent on facilities and trainers in 2013-14 e.g. we had free presentations from Michael Curtin in 2013. We also spent less money on grants. There was overall less money received for workshops and memberships than the previous year.



Crunching the numbers…

•    At the end of financial year, SPOT on DD had 99 members (down from 148 in previous financial year.) Currently at 42.
–    60% Occupational Therapists
–    20% Physiotherapists
–    14% Speech Pathologists
–    2% Students
–    3% Unknown

•    We provided $1025 of rural grants to attend the workshop.

•    We are operating mainly now from the Community Solutions Westpac Cheque account which has been developed for not for profits. It has no fees and pays interest. We still have the previous cheque account but we will be looking into closing it in the next few weeks.

•    We continued using PayPal to process memberships by card payments.

•    We updated the website and engaged an external developer to assist with this at a cost of $1242. This will come under next financial years results though.

•    We used MYOB accounting software online to process payments and make invoices. This connects directly to the Westpac accounts. It costs $29 a month.

•    We received around $22, 510 throughout the financial year through mostly workshop/conference and membership payments. The TranSPOT workshop revenue will be split between the last financial year and next. We spent $14, 446 with the bulk going towards the conference/workshop payments.


As always, thank you to Adam Petherick who continues to offer his faithful assistance by auditing our accounts.


Further breakdown of income, expenditure and the financial audit report can be found here.



Emily Wechter
Treasurer SPOT on DD