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Goodwill Industries International is a network of 207 community-based, autonomous member organizations that serves people with workplace disadvantages and disabilities by providing job training and employment services, as well as job placement opportunities and post-employment support. With locations in the United States, Canada and 23 other countries, we help people overcome barriers to employment and become independent, tax-paying members of their communities.


The Bubel/Aiken Foundation envisions a world where young people with developmental disabilities are totally immersed in all life has to offer. The desegregation of programs, jobs, services, and educational opportunities will benefit children with and without special needs. We will build our legacy by breaking down the barriers that prevent families from obtaining the services and financial assistance they need and serving as a watch dog to make sure the public continues to keep those barriers down.


The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities is a coalition of approximately 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.

The Arc
The Arc is the national organization of and for people with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities and their families. It is devoted to promoting and improving supports and services for people with mental retardation and their families. The association also fosters research and education regarding the prevention of mental retardation in infants and young children. (from website)

NADDC is a national organization for Developmental Disabilities Councils that advocates and works for change on behalf of people with developmental, as well as other, disabilities, and their families. NADDC was established by Developmental Disabilities (DD) Councils in 1974 to support them in carrying out their mandated responsibilities under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance & Bill of Rights Act, and to be their national voice. Members are nationwide State & Territorial DD Councils.

NADDC promotes national policy to enhance the quality of life for all people with Developmental Disabilities (DD). NADDC worked with Congress, and other organizations, in the re-authorization of the DD Act, to strengthen Councils' systems change and the advocacy role. NADDC is one of the few organizations advocating on behalf of people with the most severe disabilities in policy areas of primary importance to DD Councils.

NADDC's mission is to provide support & assistance to member Councils in order to promote a consumer and family centered system of services and supports for those with developmental disabilities.

The Autism Society of America
The Autism Society of America was founded in 1965 by a small group of parents working on a volunteer basis out of their homes. Over the last 35 years, the Society has developed into the leading source of information and referral on autism. Today, over 20,000 members are connected through a working network of over 200 chapters in nearly every state. Membership in ASA continues to grow as more and more parents and professionals unite to form a collective voice representing the autism community.

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) is the leading source of information on cerebral palsy and is a pivotal advocate for the rights of persons with any disability. 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.

NAPAS has a vision of a society where people with disabilities exercise self-determination and choice and have equality of opportunity and full participation. NAPAS believes this vision will be realized through the enactment and vigorous enforcement of laws protecting civil and human rights.

The Institute for Community Inclusion
The Institute for Community Inclusion supports the rights of children and adults with disabilities to participate in all aspects of the community. As practitioners, researchers, and teachers, we form partnerships with individuals, families, and communities. Together we advocate for personal choice, self-determination, and social and economic justice.

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.

The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is the leading national legal advocate for people with mental disabilities.

The Association for People with Severe Handicaps
The Association for People with Severe Handicaps is an international organization that focuses on public policy, independent living issues, and advocacy for people with severe disabilities.

The Easter Seals
Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for more than 80 years. Whether helping someone improve physical mobility, return to work or simply gain greater independence for everyday living, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals.

The Kennedy Institute
The mission of the Kennedy Institute is to increase opportunities for children with special education needs to be educated in their neighborhood schools and adults with disabilities to succeed in adult education programs, Kennedy Institute staff develops ways to provide training and technical assistance to schools.

The Personal Site of Jamal Marzui
Personal site of Jamal Mazrui. It focuses on accessibile housing, accessible travel, civil rights, and assistive technology. All plain text resources


Employment Advocacy

AAPD is the largest national nonprofit cross-disability member organization in the United States, dedicated to ensuring economic self-sufficiency and political empowerment for the more than 56 million Americans with disabilities.

Since 1991, your local Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers (DBTACs)* have been providing information, materials, technical assistance and training on the ADA. In 2001, their responsibilities expanded to include providing those same services in the area of accessible information technology.


Policy Watch/Policy Education

The IDEA Partnerships are four national projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to deliver a common message about the landmark 1997 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Parents, advocates, educators, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, up-to-date information about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
The new center, called the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities, will be serving as a central source of information on: IDEA , the nation's special education law, No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities), and research-based information on effective educational practices.


Independent Living

Half the Planet
HalfthePlanet is the authoritative online source of reliable tools for independent living for the disability community. We are dedicated to the belief that only when the barriers to accessibility are removed and practical solutions to everyday life are provided can all people live independent and fulfilling lives.


Parent Education

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.

Family Village
Welcome to the Family Village! We are a global community that integrates information, resources, and communication opportunities on the Internet for persons with cognitive and other disabilities, for their families, and for those that provide them services and support.

Exceptional Parent
On-line site for Exceptional Parent magazine. EP's on-line resource. Continuing 32 award-winning years of providing information, support, ideas, encouragement and outreach for parents and families of children with disabilities, and the professionals who work with them.

Family to Family
Family to Family Network has a vision for ALL children where education and families working together are making dreams become realities. We know that our children must have a good educational foundation and experiences within their home communities to prepare them for independent living and accomplishment of their goals

New Horizons
The New Horizons for Learning web site provides resources for inclusion of students with disabilities. Collaboration of the school with its surrounding community systems is a factor to help create positive educational change. Partnerships within and outside the school setting are essential to support education reform.


Selected Research Centers

Beach Center
Supports individuals with disabilities, their families, service providers, researchers, and policy makers through research, information distribution and training.

The Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy (CSADP) provides public education, leadership development and training, technical assistance and information dissemination, and conducts action-research and analysis of public policy issues affecting individuals with disabilities and their families.

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, with a grant from the Office of Special Education Projects/US Department of Education, is conducting a review and synthesis of the knowledge base and best practices related to self-determination (SD) and self-advocacy (SA) interventions in order to improve, expand, and accelerate the use of this knowledge by the professionals who serve children and youth with disabilities and the parents who rear, educate, and support their children with disabilities.

Early Childhood Research Institute on Inclusion
Identifying what facilitates and presents barriers to the inclusion of disabled young children with typically developing peers. Developing, testing and disseminating strategies for supporting the participation of young children with disabilities and their families in classrooms and communities.

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities is a network of interdisciplinary Centers advancing policy and practice for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities.


Professional Organizations

The Council for Exceptional Children (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.

The Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) is a non-profit grassroots organization whose members are individuals with learning disabilities, their families, and the professionals who work with them.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Mental Health Information Center provides information about mental health via a toll-free telephone number (800-789-2647), this web site, and more than 600 publications.

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities is a network of interdisciplinary Centers advancing policy and practice for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities.

Division TEACCH
Division TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic Children and related Communication handicapped Children). Their goal is to enable individuals with autism to function as meaningfully and as independently as possible in the community. Based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina


Government Agencies

The Access Board
The Access Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities.