Youth Committee

What is the Youth Committee?

In the context of the ratification of the United-Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) by the European Union (EU), we underline the importance of mainstreaming disability in all areas concerning youth as there are evidences that young persons with disabilities face higher levels of discrimination and face additional barriers in most areas of society.

The Youth Committee is the voice of young people with disabilities inside our organisation. The Committee ensures that EDF's work takes into account the perspective of young people with disabilities but also to represent young people with disabilities in both EDF and external events.

In order to ensure the place of young persons with disabilities in EDF’s decisions and activities, the Chair of the Youth Committee is co-opted to the EDF Board.

How is it organised?

The Youth Committee is composed by members, young people aged 18 to 35, representing all categories of disability.

The current Committee Chair is Kamil Goungor.

He is supported by a member of the Executive Committee: currently, Yannis Vardakastanis (and as substitute Humberto Insolera) and by staff member Loredana Dicsi

Other members of the Youth Committee are:

[Members of the Youth Committee in Greece, with EDF President]

How does the Youth Committee work?

The Youth Committee follows a four years action plan. The current plan concerns 2018-2021. The current plans includes a priority them for each year:


Education and ERASMUS+ programme




Freedom of Movement


Housing and Independent Living

To implement the strategies, the Youth Committee holds annual meetings, participates in relevant European conferences and events and communicates regularly by email. The Youth Committee also provides continued support to EDF with expert advice on mainstreaming the rights of young people with disabilities in EDF's work.

News and Publications

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations - "Knocking down walls to live independently - testimony of Matthieu Chatelin"