Who are we?

YES comprises of a team of skilled individuals, passionate about providing effective information, support and services to youth with disabilities and learning differences, their families / whanau, and other organisations and groups within the sector.

Kathleen Derrick, I.Lead Youth Engagement Advisor

Kathleen is our I.Lead Youth Engagement Advisor and is the representative of Kids with Arthritis NZ, and has lived experience with Rheumatoid Arthritis. She is also one of the founding members of the Phusion Dance Group, an all-abilities dance group dedicated to pasifika dance and culture.

Her bubbly attitude and caring nature has been a welcome addition to any group or project she’s been involved in, and her loyalty to the cause and tenacity for social justice are effective platforms for voicing change when it counts.