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!

National KASA is currently looking for new Task Force members!

Click the link below for more information.

KASA Task Force Application - DEADLINE: June 23, 2013

Did you miss KASA’s Teleconference/Webinar “The 411 on National Kids As Self Advocates”?
Find the recording by clicking here

Directions: Enter your name. A Recording Key is not required. Then click the View Recording button.

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

Do you want to have a good relationship with your paraprofessional?

Wondering what students have to say?

Order your copy today!
Download the order form

Want to learn more about KASA?

Download our project brochure.
Text version available, email jthomas@fvkasa.org

Did you miss KASA’s Paraprofessional Toolkit Webinar/Teleconference put on by the KASA Task Force and Board members?

Announcing the free recording of “Working with a Paraprofessional (one on one aide) in School: Using the KASA Paraprofessional Toolkit” Webinar/Teleconference!  

Listeners will learn how to get the most use from the documents in the toolkit, created to provide guidance to successfully work with a Paraprofessional in a school setting. Students also share their own experiences of what has worked, and challenges they faced working with paraprofessionals. (A paraprofessional is an aide that works one on one with a student in classes and throughout the day.)

Listen today by clicking here!
Instructions: Click on this link to view the recorded webinar.  Enter your name. A Recording Key is not required. Then click the View Recording button. Click on one of the two icons below “View Download” to start the recording.


Check out the
KASA Connection!
our newsletter that updates you on what we're doing!

Did you know that KASA has over 60 youth-created guides?

Announcing KASA's newest pocket guide:

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

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!

Order your copy today! Download the order form or go to the Family Voices Resources and Publications.