The Ferocious Army of the Disabled – Legal Rights, Equal Rights for All

This is a fairly complete, alphabetically sorted list of organization that help the disabled fight for their rights.

Most are not disability ‘rights’ organizations. They are charities funded to provide services to help the disabled and do not engage in advocacy and are a-political.

Image result for American Disabled for Attendant Programs TodayAmerican Disabled for Attendant Programs Today – ADAPT is a national grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom.

American Association on Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities –  Is an American non-profit professional organization 

concerned with intellectual disability and related developmental disabilities. AAIDD has members in the United States and more than 50 other countries.

American Association of People with Disabilities –AAPD is a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities.

American Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities – A national  ACCD               consumer-led disability rights organization.

American Council of the Blind – Strives to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life for all blind and visually impaired people

American Diabetes Association – Mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes

AFB – Enables access, promote and deliver technological solutions, collaborate with the vision loss community, and provide resources that inform and enlight.

Association for Real Change – To improve the quality of life for people who have a learning disability by supporting anyone who is involved in the planning or delivery of support and services

The Arc of the United StatesPromotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities while actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.


Aspies For Freedom – Is a solidarity and campaigning group that aimed at raising public awareness of the autism rights movement. The aim of Aspies For Freedom is to educate the public that the autism spectrum is not always a disability, and that there are advantages as well as disadvantages


Autism National Committee – Is an American advocacy association of autistic people and their allies


Autism Network International – An autistic-run self-help and advocacy organization for autistic people 


Autistic Self Advocacy Network – Public policy advocacy, the development of autistic cultural activities, and leadership trainings for autistic self-advocates  providing information about autism, disability rights, and systems change to the public


Burton Blatt Institute – An organization that aims to advance civic, economic, and social participation of persons with disabilities in a global society


Canadian National Institute for the Blind – Aims to create a world of no limits for people who are blind or visually impaired. We mobilize leaders, advance understanding, and champion impactful policies and practices using research and data


Catalan Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired – Goal is to offer services to blind and visually impaired people to help improve their quality of life and to accomplish a better integration of the collective


Community Alliance for the Ethical Treatment of Youth – An advocacy group for people enrolled in residential treatment programs for at-risk teenagers


Center for Independent Living – Provides tools, resources, and supports for integrating people with disabilities fully into their communities to promote equal opportunities, self-determination, and respect


Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates – Protecting the Legal and Civil Rights of Students with Disabilities 



CureSMA – Provides support to patients and families affected by spinal muscular atrophy and funds and directs research leading the way to a cure for SMA (Spinal Muscle Atrophy)


Dementia Society of America – To enhance the quality of life for those living with Dementia, caregivers, and the community


Disabled American Veterans –  Empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity.


Disabled Children’s Computer Group –  Promotes new computer technology  DCCG to assist children and adults with disabilities to speak, write, read, learn, and participate in a larger world


Disabled in Action – Organization committed to ending discrimination against people with disabilities


Disabled Peoples’ International – Human rights organization committed to the protection of the rights of people with disabilities and the promotion of their full and equal participation in society


Disabled People’s Organizations Australia – Promotes and advances the human rights and freedoms of all people with disability in Australia


Disabled Women’s Network Canada – National organization working to eliminate poverty, discrimination and violence against women with disabilities and Deaf women


Disability Rights Commission –An independent body established to stop discrimination and promote equality of opportunity for disabled people


Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund – Leading national civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities


Enabling Unit – University College of Medical Sciences – Ensures affirmative action’s concerning persons with disabilities including students, nonteaching staff, faculty as well as patients at UCMS


Easter Seals – Helps people with disabilities, veterans & seniors live, learn, work and play.  Autism Services. Day Care. Accessibility Resources


Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – A federal agency that administers and enforces civil rights laws against workplace discrimination


FAIDD(Finnish Association on Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities) – Promotes good life, equality and participation for people with intellectual disabilities and others who need support with learning, understanding  and communicating


Galloway’s Society for the Blind – Provides a range of services to over 7000 Blind and Partially Sighted people


Handicap International – Aims to help disabled and vulnerable people in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster


IDIRIYA – A not-for-profit registered humanitarian organization focusing on disability rights that fully understands disability related access issues that affect a wide range of people in day-to-day life that concerns even their safety and physical, mental, economical and social well being


Infinite Ability – University College of Medical Sciences – A special interest group on disability within the Medical Humanities Group of the University College of Medical Sciences 


International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) – Aims promote inclusive development. Inclusive development means respecting the full human rights of every person, acknowledging diversity, eradicating poverty and ensuring that all people are fully included and can actively participate in development processes and activities regardless of age, gender, disability, state of health, ethnic origin or any other characteristic


International Blind Sports Federation – Is in charge of a wide range of sports for athletes who are blind or partially sighted


International Ventilator Users Network –Mission is to enhance the lives and independence of home ventilator users and polio survivors through education, advocacy, research and networking


Landmine Survivors Network –Empowers individuals, families and communities affected by landmines to recover from trauma, reclaim their lives, and fulfill their rights


Latvian Association for Support of Disabled People –Supports the rights and interests of Latvian people with disabilities, provides transportation and other services, including education and employment consulting


L’Arche – Supports communities, through leadership structures, training, administrative or financial assistance depending on the local needs. Through meetings and other means the Federation facilitates the sharing of experiences and resources.


Learning Disabilities Association –Supports people with learning disabilities, their parents, teachers and other professionals with cutting edge information on learning disabilities, practical solutions, and a comprehensive network of resources


Little People of America –Provides support and information to people of short stature and their families


Mencap – A UK charity for people with a learning disability


Mental Disability Advocacy Center – The only charity using the law to advance the rights of people with mental health issues and intellectual disabilities worldwide


Mental Disability Rights International –  A nonprofit organization that unites 100 sponsor and affiliate grassroots groups with thousands of individual members to win human rights and alternatives for people labeled with psychiatric disabilities


Mind – Provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem as well as campaigning to improve services, raise awareness, and to promote understanding


MindFreedom International – A nonprofit organization that unites 100 sponsor and affiliate grassroots groups with thousands of individual members to win human rights and alternatives for people labeled with psychiatric disabilities


Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore – One of the oldest and largest non-governmental organizations catering to the needs of persons with intellectual disability (PWIDs) in Singapore


MDA is leading the fight to free individuals and the families who love them from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life


Shapes national public policy for people with mental illness and their families and provides volunteer leaders with the tools, resources and skills necessary to save mental health in all states


National Association of the DeafThe nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America


The UK’s leading charity for autistic people and their families to help transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for autistic people


National Council on Disability – If you have a disability, learn how government programs and services can help you with daily life


 

National Down Syndrome Congress –  Is dedicated to an improved world for individuals with down syndrome


National Federation of the Blind –Believes in the full capacity of blind people, and has the power, influence, diversity, and determination to help transform our dreams into reality


National Spinal Cord Injury Association – Its mission is to provide active-lifestyle information, peer support and advocacy that empowers people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders to achieve their highest potential


Northern Ireland Deaf Youth Association –  The leading deaf youth charity in Northern Ireland, working to meet the current needs of deaf children and young people


Not Dead Yet –A national, grassroots disability rights group that opposes legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia as deadly forms of discrimination


Paraplegic Center Peshawar – Physical, Occupational, Vocational and Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Community Re-integration, Wheel Chair accessibility  and minor home modifications, Participation in Sports /Games & Re-creational activities, Job Placement & Socio-economic support, of people with spinal cord injuries.


People with Disability Australia –A national disability rights, advocacy and representative organization that is made up of, led and governed by people with disability


Post-Polio Health International –Mission is to enhance the lives and independence of polio survivors and home ventilator users through Education, Advocacy, Research and Networking


The Royal Association for Disability Rights –An umbrella organization which works with and for disabled people to remove structural, economic and attitudinal barriers


The Royal National Institute of Blind People – Offers help and support for blind and partially sighted people. This can be anything from practical and emotional support, campaigning for change, reading services and products


The Royal National Institute for Deaf people – The largest charity working to change the world for the UK’s nine million deaf and hard-of-hearing people


Rehabilitation International –  Is a network of organizations and individuals whose aim is to implement and improve disability rights worldwide


Spastic Society of Gurgaon –Provides care and services for Cerebral Palsy in Gurgaon


Special Olympics – Their mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities


The mission of TASH to eliminate physical  and social obstacles that prevent equity, diversity and quality of life for children and adults with disabilities


Tourette Association of America –The premier national non-profit organization working to make life better for all people affected by Tourette and Tic Disorders


United Cerebral Palsy –Promotes the independence, productivity, and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy, intellectual, and developmental disabilities, and other conditions through an affiliate network.


United Spinal Association –A nonprofit membership organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of all people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), including veterans, and providing support and information to loved ones, care providers and professionals


Women With Disabilities Australia –  Is a national voice for the needs and rights of women with disabilities and a national force to improve the lives and life chances of women with disabilities.


 

About David Kennedy

I am a retired Senior Development Engineer for Hughes Aircraft Company. I retired from Hughes In 1997 and moved to Phoenix with my young daughter to be with my two older sons attending Arizona State University. I am a former member of the U.S. Air Force where I was an active member of the 95th Fighter Interceptor Squadron.
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