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Fighting so people with disabilities can live in the community with real supports instead of being locked away in nursing homes and other institutions.

Promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. To receive weekly updates with timely and relevant issues related to the AAIDD, click here for Membership Benefits.

A project of the advocacy program of the Center for Independant Living of South Florida designed to address the rights of voters with disabilities, and to provide information and resources to enhance compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Offering a dynamic opportunity to make the difference in the lives of people in every community.

Mission is to build relationships between parents of children with cystic fibrosis, especially with parents who have children newly diagnosed. To help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis so that one day no CF parent will experience the pain and loss of losing a child to this disease.
Patti's Comment: I am on the Board of this fine, non-profit foundation.

Sweet cookies…sweeter mission
Patti's Comment:  I am enjoying my cookies from Casey’s Cookies—not only are they yummy, the organization’s mission is sweet: To promote independence and improve the quality of life for folks with developmental and physical disabilities!

Assistive and instructional technology (AT/IT) allows children across the ability spectrum to participate fully at home, in school, and in the community. The CTD provides a wealth of free resources – personal and professional development (PPD) webinars, articles, guides, training materials and more.

  • CMNtv (Community Media Network)

A nonprofit organization that manages Public Access Cable Television for 11 municipalities in southeast Oakland County.  In August 2011, CMNtv was awarded a grant by the MI Disability Rights Coalition in partnership with United Cerebral Palsy of MI.  They were awarded the grant to fund a project entitled "The Bell," which rings in all people to participate together as neighbors.  "The Bell" consists of groups of individuals, both with and without disabilities, for the purpose of video-documenting personal perspectives on what is important in their lives. The schedule has not been set, but for more details call Jay Wiencko at CMNtv at 248-589-7778.

The world’s first organization run by and for people with disabilities, founded in 1972, supports disabled people in their efforts toward independence. CIL encourages people with disabilities to make their own choices and works to open doors in the community to full participation and access for all.

100 national disability organizations working together to advocate for national public policy that ensures the self determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.

A site that gives you tools and information on employment, health coverage, and benefits. You can plan ahead and learn how work and benefits go together.

Depression is an illness that effects more than 17 million Americans each year. Not everyone with a disability becomes depressed, and those who do become depressed may not be depressed because of their disability. However, people with disabilities face unique challenges and stresses which place them at increased risk for depression.

Their mission is to encourage new ways of thinking about developmental disabilities, in the belief that our attitudes drive our actions, and changes in our attitudes and actions can help create a society where all children and adults with developmental disabilities have opportunities to live the lives of their dreams, included in all areas of life.

Their mission is to realize consumer empowerment, self determination, full-inclusion, and participation of all people in our community through the independent living philosophy and unequivocal implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Supplying disability related information, opportunities and resources to the worldwide disability community.

The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development is the national clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities.

Dedicated to improving access to services for individuals who face social and health care barriers due to disability, chronic illness, or other circumstances that present unique needs.

The Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities and Department of Human Services developed a thorough resource for navigating the state’s Developmental Disability system.

As the nation’s largest minority cannot remain invisible in the entertainment and news media, the mission and goals of this campaign becomes one of basic, civil and human rights; no different than what any other group has fought for in the past or continues to fight for today.

A non-profit organization directed by citizen self-advocates in New Hampshire who experience disabilities. We plan to work with states across the nation.

Founded to help those with invisible disabilities and chronic pain whose friends, family members, coworkers and perfect strangers may not “believe” that they are sick or in pain. We BELIEVE people who live with invisible disabilities such as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Dyslexia, Lyme Disease, Dysautonomia, Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Autism, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Agoraphobia, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), Cancer, Diabetes, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue and thousands of others.

The primary mission of IRI is to research, develop and disseminate innovations that enable persons of all ages, including individuals with disabilities or other disadvantages, to be independent, productive and included in schools, communities, and places of employment.

One of the first self-directed cooperatives in the United States – gives members the power to better manage services such as habilitation and attendant care while sharing in the ownership and guidance of the company.

Promotes the equalisation of opportunities for disabled persons and fights against their discrimination.

Provides services to help people with disabilities gain independence, increase self-sufficiency and improve quality of life. They have also joined forces with the publisher of I.D.E.A.L. magazine, to help distribute a new quarterly magazine covering information about and for the disability community. “I.D.E.A.L magazine will create a new and positive image for young people with disabilities and, hopefully, help eliminate the stereotypes about people with disabilities in society.”

Aims to provide a single point of access to information on LD issues important to: adults with LD and their families; adult education teachers and tutors; employers; and Human Services and Vocational Rehabilitation staff.

During natural disasters and other emergency situations, medical devices may be exposed to fluctuating power, contaminants, or unusual levels of heat or humidity. The page includes links that give information about using medical devices during and following emergency situations due to hurricanes.

A combination of learning tools are presented with a focus on actually using the tools to develop person-centered plans that are then implemented back home.

The leading resource for employers seeking to integrate people with disabilities into the workplace.

Coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.

A non-profit, strategic partner working with NCB Capital Impact to promote independence for persons with disabilities.

Nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities.

A wealth of information on disabilities.

The national information and referral center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals.  The center’s special focus is children and youth birth to age 22. 

A grass-roots, national, social justice movement organized to ensure full opportunity, choices, freedom, and self-determination for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in every community by eliminating waitlists for services in every state. This will be accomplished through public education, mobilizing people into action, and changing public policy. See their powerful, poignant and touching video, "Disabilities Don't Wait."

In each state provides training and information to parents of infants, toddlers, school-aged children, and young adults with disabilities and the professionals who work with their families.  Centers in Michigan

Provides support services for persons with special needs to promote inclusion, maximize independence and improve quality of life.

An educational and networking website for those involved in making change for people with disabilities. Through our online Learning Center, you can build your skills in many areas of self-advocacy. And the national self-advocacy map will connect you with other across the country working on similar issues.

Their mission is to provide siblings of individuals with disabilities the information, support and tools to advocate with their brothers and sisters and to promote the issues important to them and their families.

To connect siblings and provide support and resources.  For more information, check out The Arc’s “I am a Sibling” page  

An international grassroots leader in advancing inclusive communities through research, education and advocacy.

Provides free online resources, services and support to those who stutter and their families, as well as support for research into the causes of stuttering.

Their mission is to ensure that persons with disabilities are able to continually benefit from technological solutions and advances in the field of assistive technology.

  • The Total Path (A Guide to buying a home for people with disabilities)

When you own a home, your pressing responsibilities include maintenance, paying the mortgage, and keeping up with your bill payments. Amidst your hectic daily routine it becomes easier to forget that you are independent. You have the opportunity to do as you please, disabilities should not get in our way of living life to the fullest. Whether your disability is a mental or physical one, home ownership is not out of reach. 

A national organization formed in 1946 by paralyzed veterans. Their mission is to improve the quality of life of Americans with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D). Sign up for free informative newsletters.