Fight ableism. Include & empower all.

PYD's goal is to create a world where young people with disabilities will be able to live with dignity and pride in who they are, and to lead self-determined lives filled with purpose. To make this happen, we build the skills and abilities of young people with disabilities, and increase the inclusivity of workplaces, organizations, and communities.


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Recent News & Events

Tim Davis and John Waterman of PEAC, Judy Shanley of Easterseals, and Genelle Thomas of PYD

New guide for increasing advocacy skills in young adults with disabilities

By     |    July 25, 2018
At the recent convention of the American Association of Intellectual and ...
Juan and Regina on the floor of the United Nations

Report: Global assessment on the leadership needs of youth with disabilities

By     |    July 6, 2018
In June, Regina Snowden presented at the Conference of State Parties at the U.N. ...
Deep sitting in front of a drum, smiling

A salute to Deep Chinappa, PYD’s Director of Outreach and Recruitment

By     |    June 11, 2018
I have the good fortune of knowing Deep for over 17 years. Deep has filled those ...