Emerging Youth Leaders

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.

2007 picture of KASA Task Force. Task Force members are at the Disability Pride Parade and are standing as a group with fists raised or with I love you ASL sign 
KASA Task Force at the Disability Pride Parade in 2007

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!

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