CT Kids As Self Advocates (CT KASA)

KASA (Kids As Self Advocates) is a national grassroots project created by youth for youth. CT KASA is open to youth and young adults ages 13 to 26, who are living with a disability or chronic health condition.

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 helps this happen 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 meets monthly every 3rd Saturday of the month. Meetings are from 11:00am – 2:00pm

Meetings are held at UCONN UCEDD The Exchange Building #4
270 Farmington Avenue, Suite 181 Farmington, CT 06030

If you’re interested in being a part of KASA in CT,  contact PATH at info@pathct.org.

Download CT KASA Flier: ct_kasa_flier-final

CT KASA Application form: youth-application-pdf


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 is 20-years-old and has cerebral palsy. Emily attends Sacred Heart University where she is majoring in psychology and hopes to become a therapist in the future.



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  1. Any groups in the Ridgefield, Danbury, Wilton area?

    • I am a WHartford parent of a 22 year daughter who needs more friends in the area. Any suggestions? She is high functioning but college didn’t work out. She does have a PT job. I am hoping to possibly help her find a Roomate apartment situation.

    • We hope to have a local chapter in the greater Danbury/ Brookfield area soon. Please stay tuned.

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