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Youth As Self Advocates

PATH is the CT Chapter for National YASA (Youth As Self Advocates).

We Are Youth As Self Advocates!

We model leadership and the power of self-advocacy. We are active in our schools, communities, families, and places of employment. We share our message with other youth who have disabilities or chronic health conditions, as well as with our friends and peers. 


Our activities include:

  • Representing the voice of youth living with disabilities and chronic health conditions by speaking to policymakers at public events and hearings.
  • Educating our communities, including students, teachers, and administrators at our schools; medical students and physicians; and federally funded 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.


We embrace the slogan, “nothing about us without us”, a centuries-old saying that states no policy should be created without the full and direct participation of those it affects.

We share our voices at national, state, and local events and participate on numerous committees and boards in our hometowns.