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


  • 06/12/2015: KASA Article featured in NY Metro Parents
    Congratulations and thanks to Hamza Jaka whose article Advocating for Yourself in Middle School and High School How To Get What You Need was the source of tips provided in a recent NY Metro Parents article Older Kids Can Be Their Own Self Advocates. Hamza wrote these tips in 2007 and they are still relevant today. Read Hamza's original article here.
  • 05/21/2015: Doctors Unprepared to Treat Adults on the Spectrum
    From Disability Scoop: A new survey finds many health care providers admittedly know little about how to care for adults with autism. “Physicians were asked about their ability to recognize autism, their knowledge of the disorder, their comfort level in treating those with the condition and their need for training and resources.While nearly all of the providers surveyed said they would explore the possibility of autism in patients with limited eye contact, most underreported the number of people on the spectrum who were under their care. What's more, only 13 percent of doctors said they had adequate tools or referral resources to appropriately accommodate those with autism. ” Youth on the spectrum who are transitioning to adult care should take note. Read more here.
  • 05/18/2015: Join the KASA Advisory Board!
    Are you or do you know a young person, age 13-26, with a disability interested in self advocacy and self-determination? We are currently seeking young people who are connected to an advocacy or youth group in their community, state or another national organization and/or who are willing to make a commitment to do so. If interested, please consider submitting an application to join the KASA Advisory Board. KASA is a youth run disability rights organization that hopes to change the systems we as young people with disabilities live in. We do this by sharing materials and information aimed at educating others about the rights that people with disabilities have, and encouraging youth to become involved in their communities. KASA has materials covering a variety of topics including how to save for college, living on one's own, voting, volunteer service, disability pride and more. These materials were written by KASA board members. KASA Board members represent diversity in race and ethnicity, skills, experience, and geographic location. Some KASA members have provided trainings on different aspects of disability all across the country. Please consider joining us! Learn more about the board and submit an application.
  • 05/06/2015: Webinar Series: Transition of Patients with Special Health Care Needs to Adult Medical Care
    Sponsored by the DC Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the NY-Mid-Atlantic Consortium for Genetic and Newborn Screening Services. This is the last webinar in series, scheduled for 1:00-2:00pm ET. Participants will acquire the tools and understanding necessary to care for young adults with special health care needs who are transitioning from pediatric to adult care providers. Patients and families are encouraged to attend to better understand their role in medical care transition. For more information and to register, click here.
  • 05/12/2015: Improving Employment Opportunities for Youth with Disabilities
    Scheduled for 12:00 to 1:30pm ET, this webinar will discuss follow-up data on the six projects and their impacts on youth employment, earnings, and other outcomes; the Broadened Horizons, Brighter Futures project in Miami-Dade County, which improved more outcomes for youth than any of the other five evaluated projects did; and an analysis of the effect of early work experience on later paid employment for youth ages 18 to 20 who have disabilities. Click here for more details. Register here.
  • 12/12/2014: New Tip Sheets - by youth - for youth!
Tips for Flying for A Person With A Disability


KASA Resource Center: Information for youth by youth in such areas as: Civil Rights and Advocacy, Education, Health, Work, Sports and Leisure, Dating and Relationships, and more.

Got Transition: A national resource center whose mission is to improve the transition from pediatric to adult health care through the use of new and innovative strategies for health professionals and youth and families.
Got Transition National Resource Center

Youth Leadership Guide: How to be Involved in a Board or Council: Roles and Responsibilities
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
Download a copy here or order your copy of this 30-page booklet for paraprofessionals, school administrators, and students.