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CT KASA (Connecticut Kids As Self-Advocates) is open to youth and young adults ages 13 to 26, who are living with a disability or chronic health condition.
YASA (Youth As Self Advocates) is a national grassroots project created by youth for youth.
CT KASA participants learn how to advocate for themselves and take control of their own lives. CT KASA facilitates this by teaching young people about their rights and how to change the systems that affect their lives.
CT KASA meets monthly every 3rd Saturday of the month (except July and August). Meetings are from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at the UCONN UCEDD The Exchange Building #4 270 Farmington Avenue, Suite 181 Farmington, CT 06030
If you’re interested in being a part of CT KASA, contact PATH at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1-800-399-PATH (7284).
CT KASA Application form: youth-application-pdf
CT KASA is funded by the Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities.
Tyler Maldonado is one of the co-chairs at CT KASA. He is a junior in high school. Tyler first became a member of KASA back in 2015, and five years later he was elected as co-chair.
Sammi is currently a college student at Naugatuck Valley Community College, enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Certification Course. She plans to continue with her Associates’s degree after that. Sammi is part of the Supported Decision Making Coalition, a group that is working to educate parents and young adults about alternatives to guardianship.
Emily is the Youth Coordinator for CT KASA. She a person with cerebral palsy. Emily attends Sacred Heart University where she is majoring in psychology and hopes to become a therapist in the future.