KASA - Kids As Self Advocates
KASA Board Members at Strategic Plan Meeting, Washington, DC 2012
KASA Board Members at Strategic Plan Meeting, Washington, DC 2012

Kids As Self Advocates (KASA) 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.

We 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.

2009 pic of KASA Board members in DC.

KASA Board and staff 2009 (not pictured Lyndsi Holmes and Emily Bill)

KASA believes young people with disabilities will have control over their own lives and futures. We help this happen by teaching youth about their rights, giving peer support and training, and changing the systems that affect our lives to include us.

Welcome to KASA! Joining is free for youth and open to anyone who would like to be part of our network. So, read up, join in and pass it on!

NEW Tip Sheets:
By Youth - For Youth

Tips for Flying for A Person With A Disability
Tips for Flying for A Person With A Disability

Going to College
Going to College

Online Dating
Online Dating

Want to learn more about KASA?

Download our project brochure.

Visit our Resource Center

Find information for youth by youth in such areas as: Civil Rights and Advocacy, Education, Health, Work, Sports and Leisure, Dating and Relationships, and more.

Youth Leadership Guide:

How to be Involved in a Board or Council: Roles and Responsibilities

KASA Pocket Guide

It covers:
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Skills and/or attitudes needed to serve on a board/council
  • Tips to deal with what might be hard
  • And much more!

Written by youth who have served on boards and councils successfully, this 24 page pocket guide will give young people interested in getting more involved in their community the information they need!

Download here or order your copy

Paraprofessional Toolkit: Working With a One-on-One Aide in School

paraprofessional toolkit
Download a copy here
or order your copy of this 30-page booklet for paraprofessionals, school administrators, and students.