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Are you a youth with a disability or chronic health condition between the ages of 13 and 26 who wants to make a difference? We would love to meet you!

We currently have two ways youth can participate with YASA:

Seats on our National Advisory Board

Volunteer positions on our current projects.

The National Advisory Board meets monthly by video conference. Advisory Board members are expected to spend about 2-4 hours/month on YASA activities and projects. Opportunities for travel to attend or present at conferences or meetings are occasionally available to those YASA board members who are interested.


1.    Youth with a disability and/or health care needs who are between 13 and 26 years old

2.    Youth who can make a commitment to be on the Board for at least 2 years

3.    Youth with some leadership experience on a local and/or state level

4.    Youth who are enthusiastic about leadership and advocacy

5.    Youth who are interested in learning more about disability history, culture, and rights

6.    Youth who can work as a team member and who are interested in understanding more about how a project works

7.    Youth 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.


And we know that life can be very busy between school, work, friends and family. If you want to get involved with YASA, but can’t commit to monthly meetings we occassionally recruit volunteers to assist with special projects. It’s an opportunity to get to know the YASA members and better understand what we are doing.


We invite you to either apply for a board postion by clicking on the link below, or contact Matthew Shapiro, YASA Consultant at for other volunteer opportunities.

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YASA is created by youth with disabilities for youth to educate society about issues concerning us. We believe in self-determination, creating support networks and self-advocacy
for all youth with disabilities in our society.

We are leaders in our communities and we help spread helpful, positive information among our peers to increase knowledge around various disability 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.