Cultural Identity and Disability: Diverse Perspectives from Young People

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Join MYAN's National Youth Panel on Monday 30 November 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm AEDST led by young people from diverse cultural backgrounds with lived experience of disability

Cindy, Grace, Markos, Varsha and Ash will be sharing their perspectives on cultural identity and disability as young people.

This panel has been initiated and led by young people from CALD backgrounds with lived experience of disability.

The session will begin with a panel discussion followed by Q&A. It will be held over Zoom, streamed onto Youtube (with closed captions on the Youtube stream) and supported by a live Twitter thread. More details will be shared closer to the event!

This event will include AUSLAN interpreters.

Meet the Panel


Cindy (She/Her) is a passionate youth advocate, currently studying psychology and criminology at university.

She is passionate about increasing mental health literacy, disability rights, diverse representation and the voices and concerns of young people. Cindy is interested in how society, culture, identity and spaces affect young people and vice versa.

She has done work with Headspace in increasing mental health literacy in the community, the Youth Disability Advocacy Service in advocating for disability rights and MYAN with diverse representation in the space of intersectionality.


Varsha is a 20-year-old student and social activist from Sydney, studying a BA of Politics, Philosophy and Economics at UNSW. She is currently a Youth Activist for Plan International Australia.

Varsha is also part of the 2019 Young Social Pioneer cohort for the Foundation of Young Australians social innovation incubator program, under the disability stream where she is working on tackling the stigma surrounding communication disabilities and speech impediments within education systems and the workforce.

Varsha is passionate about the spaces where gender, literacy, disability advocacy and social innovation coincide.


Markos (He/Him) is a multifaceted creator and advocate. He studied Media and Communications at the University of Melbourne and has worked in a variety of media roles.

His main passion in life is facts: He writes fact-based articles, he tweets facts (@FactBuffet) and he won Hard Quiz in 2017.

He wants to spread beneficial information far and wide while counteracting harmful mistruths. Along with MYAN, Markos has volunteered at the Mental Health Foundation of Australia, Meals on Wheels, Sentient Media (an animal rights group) and RESULTS (an anti-poverty organisation).


Ash is a 21 year-old disability advocate who is passionate about creating meaningful inclusion by highlighting the voices of those from diverse identities and backgrounds.

Born to parents with a refugee and migrant background, they bring an intersectional lens to their advocacy work through their lived experiences with disability and journey with their own identities in Australia.

They passionately invest their lived experiences in their professional work at drummond Street services and Headspace. Ash is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Gender Studies and Philosophy alongside completing a Diploma In Visual Arts.


Grace is a Meanjin (Brisbane) based playwright, director and creative producer from Yei, South Sudan. She believes in the power of storytelling as a tool to understand one another better.

Through storytelling, Grace explores different aspects of what it means to be a third-culture child and a person of colour, living in so-Australia today. She has co-written, produced and directed three theatre productions in Brisbane ‘Linking generations: A forum theatre play’ (2018) and ‘Skin Deep’ (2019), 'Tales from the Colony' (2020) which explored themes of colourism, identity, systematic Racism, and what it means to be a third-culture child living on stolen land.

Grace has spoken around Australia on a range of issues including youth leadership, education, health, intergenerational conflict, systemic racism, and displacement. She is a member of MyQ and a previous MYAN Youth Ambassador for QLD.

We look forward to seeing you on the 30th of November!

The MYAN team

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