National Disability Organizations

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At a time when disability policies and programs face unprecedented changes and threats, who organizes the response and speaks for the disability community the national level? Here is a short list of the most active disability organizations. You can visit their websites any time for up to date information on current events and action alerts on disability issues.

National Council on Independent Living
Representing independent living centers nationwide.

Focusing on long term care policy, using protests as a tool of advocacy.

American Association of Persons with Disabilities
The AAPD works on a wide variety of disability issues, including voting rights and access.

Autistic Self Advocacy Network
Supports policies that improve life and independence for people with autism, and other disabilities.

The Arc
Focuses on developmental disability issues, The Arc has recently stepped-up its national advocacy efforts.

National Council on Disability
The NCD advises the President and Congress on disability issues and policy.