Youth Services

YES is the only disability information service in New Zealand that focuses on disabled youth and learning differences.

All of our projects and programmes have been co-designed and co-delivered with youth leaders within the disability sector, to ensure we are creating the right environment for them and their peers to develop personally and professionally, ultimately allowing them to lead independent, thriving lives.


All of our projects and programs have been co-created and co-delivered with young people with disabilities and learning differences to ensure we are creating the right environment to develop personally and professionally, ultimately allowing them to lead purposeful, independent and thriving lives.

Below are some of the exciting programs and workshops we offer. For full information on upcoming programs and events, please visit our What’s Happening page.


I.DRIVE Licensing Program

Gaining your Driver’s License is one of the biggest starter milestones in starting you on your journey towards independence.

YES runs a two-day course for young people with disabilities to learn the NZ Road Code in a different, interactive and innovative way, supporting them to gain their Learner’s, Restricted and Full Drivers License (theory-based). Best of all, the course is completely free of charge, and covers your material costs, license costs and refreshments.

By having our very own in-house facilitator and specialist, we are able to cater each class to meet our student’s learning needs.

Course dates for 2024 @ Shore Junction, Takapuna

Learners License: Tuesday, 13th & Wednesday, 14th April 2024

(South Auckland) Learners License: Tuesday, 7th May & 8th May 2024

Learners License: Tuesday, 4th & Wednesday, 5th June 2024

Learners License: Tuesday, 6th & Wednesday, 7th August 2024

Learners License: Tuesday, 1st & Wednesday, 2nd October 2024

Restricted/Full License: Please contact Abdulla for course dates

To learn more and sign up, please contact Abdulla:

Can’t make it to the North Shore? Please let us know and we will aim to bring the course to a venue near you!



Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award / Hillary Award Aotearoa New Zealand

We are pleased to announce YES is now delivering the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award programme to young people with disabilities interested in participating in the Award! 

The world’s leading youth achievement award.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a global non-formal education framework, with more than 60 years of experience challenging young people to Dream Big and discover their full potential.

The Award is a personal journey of self-discovery, responsibility and commitment. It celebrates your personal achievements and brings forth your hidden capabilities and talents. It equips and empowers you to achieve your personal best! set goals, assess risks, learn important life skills and make a real difference to society through your positive contribution and involvement. Not to mention, increase your career opportunities and strengths.

If you are a young person with a disability aged between 14 – 24, interested in participating in the Award, or would like to know more,
please contact Abdulla:

YES is also a proud partner of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, offering participants to complete their Skills & Service Sections of the Award through our I.Drive Licensing Program & I.Lead. 

For more information, and a copy of our Partner Brochure, please visit



Empowering Inclusive Education

With the Teaching Council now having a far stronger focus on inclusive education, YES is helping raise disability awareness by ‘teaching the teachers’

During a 3-day programme at Massey University, over 300 experienced teachers from across New Zealand participated in panel discussions and “I Am Not A Tickbox” workshops facilitated by I.Lead. 

Feedback from the Masters students was that the stories and strategies shared by the I.Lead team should be part of the Initial Teacher Education programme, and we are excited to announce plans to take Disability Awareness 101 into universities as part of their Inclusive Education paper later this year. 

So What Next?

I.Lead has partnered with AUT’s School of Education to facilitate panel and Q&A sessions for over 200 of their Bachelor of Education and Master of Teaching & Learning students, as part of the Inclusive Education paper.


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