The KASA (Kids As Self-Advocates) program is a national, grassroots project created by youth with disabilities for youth. We are teens and young adults with disabilities speaking out. KASA knows youth can make choices and advocate for themselves if they have the information and support they need. models leadership and the power of self-advocacy. KASA active in our schools, communities, families and places of employment, and PATH is very exciting to be bringing KASA back to Connecticut. We share our message with other youth who have disabilities or chronic health conditions, as well as with our friends and peers.
KASA members are leaders in our communities, and we help spread helpful, positive information among our peers to increase knowledge around various issues. We also help health care professionals, policymakers and other adults in our communities understand what it is like to live our lives and we participate in discussions about how to help each other succeed.
Our activities will include:
- Representing the voice of youth living with disabilities and chronic health conditions by speaking to policy makers at public events and hearings
- Educating our communities, including students, teachers and administrators at our schools; medical students and physicians; and federally funded cafe and agencies and state programs
- Serving as advisors to the over 40,000 members of Family Voices across the country and organizations and agencies interested in promoting youth involvement and leadership.
The KASA National Advisory Board
We usually have 6-9 young adult and youth leaders [ages 13-24] on the Advisory Board and as they leave, new people can apply to join. This is the highest level of KASA project leadership. The Advisory Board members help create the Annual Operating Plan, which is a plan that describes the work the KASA project will do and who will do it,as well as create many of the documents that are on our website and that we give out to other people and groups. They also present at conferences and work with other national and local groups to get young people involved. The KASA Advisory Board can be a great way to learn how youth can lead a project, and to gain other advocacy and leadership skills.
The Advisory Board advises policy for the KASA project as a whole, including activities like this website, our newsletter, and meetings.
The Advisory Board leads all of the programming for KASA
Advisory Board members are given an opportunity to sharpen their leadership skills
The Advisory Board acts as a valuable resource to the media, professionals and other young adults regarding issues concerning young adults with disabilities
The KASA National Advisory Board and our members help determine what will be on the website based upon your input and submissions. We hope you will use our website to learn about subjects like advocacy, leadership, health care, education, employment, disability culture, and much more! If there is something you want to learn about that is not on the KASA website, please let us know.
Interested in Being a Part of KASA?
If you’re interested in being a part of KASA in CT, contact PATH at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download CT KASA Flier: ct_kasa_flier-final
CT KASA Application form: youth-application-pdf
CT KASA MEMBERS