Organizations and Media Information Resources
The following list is not a comprehensive directory of general, disability and media policy resources.
- Adaptive Environments
Founded in 1978 to address the environmental issues that confront people with disabilities and elderly people, Adaptive Environments promotes accessibility as well as universal design through education programs, technical assistance, training, consulting, publications and design advocacy. Its mission is to promote, facilitate, and advocate for international adoption of policies and designs that enable every individual, regardless of disability or age, to participate fully in all aspects of society.
- American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
AAPD claims that it is the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan, cross-disability organization in the United States. Its goals are unity, leadership, and impact. Anyone can be a member of AAPD - persons with a disability, their family, friends and supporters. AAPD supports the Disability Vote Project, which pushes for meaningful election reform, continues efforts to get out the disability vote, focuses on polling place and voting system access, encourages disability service providers to comply with the provisions of the National Voter Registration Act, and encourages people with disabilities to run for office and to get involved in the political process for the candidate of their choice.
- American Council of the Blind (ACB)
ACB is a national organization advocating on behalf of persons who are blind or have low vision.
- American Foundation for the Blind
The mission of the American Foundation for the Blind is to enable people who are blind or visually impaired to achieve equality of access and opportunity that will ensure freedom of choice in their lives.
- Administration on Developmental Disabilities
From this web page, one can link to all of the Protection and Advocacy Agencies, the National Information Center on Developmental Disabilities and University Affiliated Programs on Developmental Disabilities.
The Cable News Network's web site contains news stories of the day.
- Congressional Quarterly
CQ is recognized as one of the authoritative news source on Congress and national politics. CQ has a top story available online daily and information about how to subscribe to the publication.
- Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
CCD is a coalition of approximately 100 national disability organizations. CCD has task forces in many areas including Employment and Training, Technology, Health, Education, Housing, and Transportation Task Forces, among several others.
- Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
CEC is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.
- Disability Business and Technical Assistance Centers (DBTACs)
The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) has established ten regional centers to provide information, training, and technical assistance to employers, people with disabilities, and other entities with responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
A comprehensive website, established by the federal government, on disability resources available through the federal and private sector.
- Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)
Founded in 1979 by people with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities, the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc. (DREDF) is a national law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities through legislation, litigation, advocacy, technical assistance, and education and training of
attorneys, advocates, persons with disabilities, and parents of children with disabilities.
- Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
DAV is a national organization advocating on behalf of veterans with disabilities.
- Easter Seals Project Action
This Easter Seals initiative brings transit, disability and consumer organizations together under one cause. It is funded under a cooperative agreement with the Federal Transit Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation.
- The Government Printing Office (GPO)
On this site, one can access and search for government documents, including House and Senate Reports. Many documents can be downloaded from this site.
- HalfthePlanet Foundation
HalfthePlanet Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports the application of technology to promote the values of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-independent living, social inclusion, equality of opportunity, economic self-sufficiency, and empowerment.
- The Hill
"The Hill" is a widely read newspaper on Capitol Hill. Like Roll Call the online version carries lead stories and policy briefings. Other information is available by subscription only.
- Independent Living Centers (ILCs)
ILCs or Centers for Independent Living (CILs) are private, nonprofit corporations that provide services to maximize the independence of individuals with disabilities and the accessibility of the communities they live in. Centers are funded in part by the Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Independent Living Branch, to provide, among other things, several core services: advocacy, independent living skills training, information and referral, and peer counseling. This link provides a directory of all the ILCs, State ILCs.
- Library of Congress, Thomas Web Page
On this site you can check the status of any bill, do searches for bills under particular topics such as "Assistive Technology" or "Rehabilitation". You can search for bills and check votes from current and prior Congressional sessions.
- Mobility International USA (MIUSA)
As a U.S.-based national nonprofit organization, the mission of MIUSA is to empower people with disabilities around the world through international exchange, information, technical assistance and training, and to ensure the inclusion of people with disabilities in international exchange and development programs.
- National Association of the Deaf
NAD is a national consumer organization representing people who are deaf and hard of hearing.
- National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems
A federally mandated system in each state and territory which provides protection of the rights of persons with disabilities through legally based advocacy.
- National Center for Learning Disabilities
The mission of the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) is to increase opportunities for all individuals with learning disabilities to achieve their potential. NCLD accomplishes its mission by increasing public awareness and understanding of learning disabilities, conducting educational programs and services that promote research-based knowledge, and providing national leadership in shaping public policy. We provide solutions that help people with LD participate fully in society.
- National Federation of the Blind
NFB is a national organization advocating on behalf of persons who are blind or have low vision.
- National Information Center on Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY)
NICHCY is the national information and referral center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals. Its special focus is on children and youth (birth to age 22).
- National Organization on Disabilities (NOD)
NOD, celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2002. The organization promotes the full and equal participation and contribution of America's 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life.
- National Parent Network on Disabilities (NPND)
NPND is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering parents. Located in Douglasville Georgia and connected to Washington DC, NPND has the unique capability to provide its members with the most up-to-date information on the activities of all three branches of government that affect individuals with disabilities and their families.
The mission of PACER Center is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents. With assistance to individual families, workshops, and materials for parents and professionals, and leadership in securing a free and appropriate public education for all children, PACER's work affects and encourages families in Minnesota and across the nation.
- Paralyzed Veterans of America
PVA is a national advocacy organization representing veterans.
- Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers
Parent centers in each state provide training and information to parents of infants, toddlers, school-aged children, and young adults with disabilities and the professionals who work with their families. This assistance helps parents participate more effectively with professionals in meeting the educational needs of children and youth with disabilities.
- Rehabilitation Training Center's (RTC) Rural Transportation
People with disabilities who live in rural areas cite the lack of transportation as one of their most significant and persistent problems. Lack of transportation is a particular problem for women, elderly people, poor people, people with disabilities, and service providers in rural areas. The RTC is exploring some promising rural transportation strategies.
- Roll Call
Roll Call is one of two prominent newspapers on Capitol Hill. Lead stories and some policy briefings are available online, others are available by subscription. The Roll Call site has a directory where you can find your Member of Congress by zip code.
- Self Help for Hard of Hearing People
SHHH is a national consumer organization representing people who are hard of hearing and provides technical assistance for selecting Assistive Listening systems.
TASH (formerly the Association for the Severely Handicapped) is an international advocacy association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates, and people who work in the disability field.
TDI's (formerly known as Telecommunications for the Deaf, Inc.) mission is to promote equal access in telecommunications and media for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened, or deaf blind.
- United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)
For 50 years, UCP (a.k.a. United Cerebral Palsy) has been committed to change and progress for persons with disabilities. The national organization and its nationwide network of 111 affiliates in 39 states strive to ensure the inclusion of persons with disabilities in every facet of society - from the web to the workplace, from the classroom to the community. As one of the largest health charities in America, UCP's mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, through our commitment to the principles of independence, inclusion and self-determination.
- United States House of Representatives
From this site you will find links to Members' offices, Committee offices, leadership offices, and schedules of weekly activities on the floor and in Committee.
- United States Senate
From the United States Senate home page you can link to individual Senator's home pages, Committee home pages, and find the Senate schedule of legislative activities.
- The White House
This page also links to the briefing room for updated press briefings and releases as well as executive orders on important issues when they are released.
- World Institute on Disability
WID is an international public policy center dedicated to carrying out research on disability issues and overcoming obstacles to independent living.
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