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  Disability Organizations   Adaptive Sports Foundation  Provides instruction in both winter and summer sports to children and adults with cognitive and  physical disabilities. All Walks Of Life  Focuses on prevention of violence to people with disabilities with information and a moderated e-mail list. American Association of People with Disabilities  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. AAPD works in coalition with other disability organizations for the full implementation and enforcement of disability nondiscrimination laws, particularly the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today (ADAPT)  Advocates against placing people with disabilities in nursing homes and other institutions. American Council of the Blind   National organizations of blind, visually impaired and sighted individuals whose purpose is to work toward independence, security, equality of opportunity, and improved quality of life for all  blind and visually impaired people. Center for Applied Special Technology  Advocates for educational products, classroom practices and products that are inclusive to all. Directory of Nationally and Regionally Accredited Institutions  This link provides information about some of the benefits to obtaining a four-year degree from an online university, specifically for students with disabilities. It cites statistics, and makes the argument that online programs are acce ssible to students with disabilities “by their very nature.” It also provides an explanation of what students with disabilities must typically do in order to  prove their need for academic and/or physical accommodation at the university level, and lists links for further reading about securing reasonable accommodations in higher education settings. Disability Rights Advocates  Works for the protection and advancement of civil rights for people with disabilities through research, education, and legal advocacy. Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund  Works to protect and advance the civil rights of people with disabilities through law and policy legislation and through the training of attorneys, advocates, persons with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities. DREDF was founded in 1979 by people with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities.  DisabilityScoop   News organization that covers topics of interest and concern to people with developmental disabilities. Coverage includes news about various conditions, including autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities. Writers often examine news about education,  politics and health, among other topics, through the lens of how such things impact people with disabilities. Disabled Sports USA  Offers nationwide sports rehabilitation programs to those with permanent disabilities, including winter skiing, water sports and summer and winter competitions. Fishing Has No Boundaries  Local chapters offer fishing opportunities for people with disabilities. International Paralympic Committee  This global governing body organizes the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games. Mental Health America  The oldest mental health organization in the US for people with mental illness. Mental Health Association of Portland   The organization is the state of Oregon’s impartial and independent advocate for persons with mental illness and addiction. Mobility International, USA  Provides information and resources on international exchange programs for people with disabilities. National Alliance on Mental Illness   The nation’s largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families. Good resource for descriptions of mental illness and medications used to treat. National Association of the Deaf   A national civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America. National Federation of the Blind  Largest membership organization of blind people in the United States. The NF B’s focus is advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence. National Center for Learning Disabilities  Provides information to parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities,  promotes research and programs to foster effective learning, and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities.  National Organization on Disability  Raises disability awareness through the dissemination of disability-related news, information and resources. North American Riding for the Handicapped Association  Local chapters sponsor adaptive horseback riding. Not Dead Yet  Advocates against assisted suicide or ending the life of people with disabilities who may not be able to speak for themselves. Through the Looking Glass  Pioneers research, training, and services for families in which a child, parent or grandparent has a disability or medical issue. This nonprofit organization emerged from the independent living movement. Trace Research & Development Center  Conducts research and advocates for accessibility to new and emerging technologies. US SAILING  –   Sailors with Disabilities Council   National organization promotes sailing for people with disabilities. VOR  –   Advocating for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities  VOR is a national, nonprofit organization advocating for high quality care and human rights for  persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The organization positions itself as the only national advocacy organization that supports service choice, from small to large, expressly supporting the expansion of community-based supports while also opposing forced deinstitutionalization. It champions individual choice based on need, supporting individuals and their families as primary decision-makers. VOR has state coordinators in many states and members in all states.

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