|Living in the Community > Advocacy Organizations > National|
Here are many organizations that do advocacy on a national level. Also look under "Living in the Community - Elders" or " Living in the Community - Parent Resources" for other helpful organizations. Contact Us to let us know if there are other helpful organizations that should be listed here.
Diabetes Association - The American Diabetes Association
is a nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research,
information and advocacy for people with diabetes.
ARC - This
national organization is of and for people with mental retardation
and related developmental disabilities and their families. The
site offers facts, contacts, news, discussion board and advocacy
LINK - Know the System - This site offers explanations
of federal laws and programs that shape state-based services for
people with developmental disabilities.
Injury Association of America - This
site has information about treatment and prevention, research, government
relations and clear explanations about the types of brain injury.
Deaf & Blind
Link - A
website devoted to providing information related to children who
are deaf & blind. It is designed for parents, educators, and
other professionals and has a wide variety of topics at both a
national and state level.
Syndrome on the Internet —
This website is comprised of a variety of links including national organizations,
internet magazines, and medical resources related to Down Syndrome.
Dyslexia Association - Based in Maryland, this site
has resources for children, teens, and adults. Sections include
common signs, recent research and other resources.
Disabilities Association of America - LDA is a national
agency of volunteers, individuals with learning disabilities, families
and professionals. The site offers resources and publications and
Resources — This
website is an information resource for persons with learning disabilities.
It includes articles, a newsletter and a discussion board.
Syndrome — This
is a national website which defines Marfan's Syndrome and provides
resources on-line and in print.
Speech Language and Hearing Association - This site mainly supports
speech and language professionals; however, it has public information
that can help to understand types of impairments and supports for them.
Center for Mental Health Law -
This site provides information for mental health services related to
aging, children, the ADA, housing and health care.
Client Assistance Program - C.A.R.E.S., Inc. administers the
federally funded Client Assistance Program (CAP) information, assistance
to people applying for or receiving services under the Rehabilitation
Act. Programs under this Act include Vocational Rehabilitation, Independent
Living Services and Projects with Industry.
for Citizens with Disabilities - This national organization
advocates for persons with developmental disabilities to encourage self-determination
and inclusion. The site includes public policy updates.
Women on the Web - This
site is designed to provide information, resources and support for women
on Disability Research - This
is a new web site by the government's Interagency Committee on Disability
Research (ICDR). The purpose of the site is to gather comments from
consumers. Click on "Send your comments to the ICDR." That
will take you to a comment form where you can give your ideas about
access to technology,
education, employment, community life, health care and other needs.
This is an e-mail network you can register for that was formed to defend
and advance disability rights and programs in Congress. They will keep
you informed of what is happening in current legislature.
as Self Advocates - KASA is a national, grassroots
network of youth with special needs and their friends, speaking on
The site includes forums for youth to speak out, artwork by youth,
and updates on news and rallies.
International USA -
This site is a non-profit organization that empowers 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.
Association on Alcohol, Drugs, and Disability
- This organization promotes awareness and education about substance abuse
with co-existing disabilities. There are various resources available and
contact information for peers and other support.
Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems, Inc.
- This is a national association that works to protect
the rights of persons with disabilities.
Council on Disability - This is an independent federal
agency that makes recommendations to the President and Congress on issues
affecting people with disabilities.
National Health Law Program (NHeLP) -
A good site for practitioners, it provides extensive information on health
care law affecting low-income people. The site is updated daily with
law news, legislative analysis, and health law Internet links. Their
e-newsletter is short and informative.
Low Income Housing Coalition - This is a link to the 2002
Advocate's Guide to Housing and Community Development Policy, which keeps
advocates current on a wide range of issues, programs, and housing policy.
US Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission - This is a national site that has information
about laws that prohibit job discrimination.