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CT Kids As Self Advocates (CT KASA)


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.


What CT KASA Can Do for YOU!

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 Activities Include:

  • Monthly meetings (available via face to face, webinar, or conference call)
  • Working on a personal development plan
  • Representing the voice of young people with disabilities at public events
  • Group youth leadership projects


CT KASA meetings are held on the last Thursday of the month on Zoom.

If you’re interested in being a part of CT KASA, contact Emily Ball, Youth Coordinator and past KASA member at or by phone at 1-800-399-PATH (7284).


CT KASA~Youth Engagement and Life during Covid-19

Caring for Your Mental Health During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to stay at home and social distance. This means many of us who rely on our friends, family, and community for support have felt a negative impact on our mental health. Feelings of sadness and isolation are felt even harder by those who already have depression and other mental health conditions. In this video, the CT KASA and YASA youth and young adults share some tips and advice for caring for your mental health in a positive way.

Thank you PATH CT and Family Voices, along with the members of CT KASA and YASA for helping us understand what telehealth is and how to use it. Check out our other video brought to you by CT KASA and YASA on how to care for your mental health.

CT KASA is funded by the Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities.



Tyler Maldonado – CT KASA Co-Chair

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 Nuss – CT KASA 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 Cowen – KASA Youth Coordinator

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.