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American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD): AAPD organizes the disability community to be a powerful force for change - politically, socially, and economically - and recognizes the value of working in broad coalitions to foster unity, leadership, and impact.
 
American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD): The mission of AAHD is to contribute to national, state, and local efforts to prevent additional health complications in people with disabilities, and to identify effective intervention strategies to reduce the incidence of secondary conditions and the health disparities between people with disabilities and the general population. AAHD accomplishes its mission through research, education and advocacy.
 
Brain Injury Association of America: Founded in 1980, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is the leading national organization serving and representing individuals, families and professionals who are touched by a life-altering, often devastating, traumatic brain injury (TBI). Together with its network of more than 40 chartered state affiliates, as well as hundreds of local chapters and support groups across the country, the BIAA provides information, education and support to assist the 5.3 million Americans currently living with traumatic brain injury and their families.
 
Cerebral Palsy Guidance:

Cerebral Palsy Guidance was created to provide answers and assistance to parents of a child with cerebral palsy. Its goal is to reach as many members of the cerebral palsy community as possible, building up a network of support, as well as providing necessary assistance. Cerebral Palsy Guidance covers cerebral palsy from all angles–from symptoms, causes, and treatment, to daily living information, such as communication and transitioning to adulthood articles. Information is provided by expert writers and is thoroughly researched and cited.

 
Cerebral Palsy Support Guide: Cerebral Palsy Guide is a resource for parents and caregivers of children with cerebral palsy. We provide free educational materials, financial options, and support for families affected by this disorder. Cerebral palsy affects over 10,000 children in the U.S. a year and it is our mission to help those across the country find the support they need.
 
Disability Rights Advocates: DRA is a non-profit law firm dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities. DRA advocates for disability rights through high-impact litigation, as well as research and education. We do not charge our clients for our services.
 
Disability.gov: Disability.gov provides quick and easy access to comprehensive information about disability programs, services, laws and benefits. You can begin your search by visiting any of the nine subject areas at the top of this page. To find disability resources in your state just click on the Find State and Local Resources map located in each of these subject areas.
 
Mental Health America: Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is the country′s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives. With our more than 320 affiliates nationwide, we represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation — everyday and in times of crisis.
 
MentalHealth.gov - Lets Talk About It:
 
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation's largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has affiliates in every state and in more than 1,100 local communities across the country.
 
National Center on Workforce and Disability: The National Center on Workforce and Disability/Adult (NCWD) provides training, technical assistance, policy analysis, and information to improve access for all in the workforce development system.
 
National Disability Rights Network (NDRN): The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Collectively, the P&A/CAP network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States. Through training and technical assistance, legal support, and legislative advocacy, the National Disability Rights Network works to create a society in which people with disabilities are afforded equality of opportunity and are able to fully participate by exercising choice and self-determination.
 
National Federation of the Blind (NFB): The real problem of blindness is not the loss of eyesight. The real problem is the misunderstanding and lack of information that exist. If a blind person has proper training and opportunity, blindness can be reduced to a physical nuisance.
 
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health.
 
National Organization on Disability (NOD): The mission of the National Organization on Disability (NOD) is to expand the participation and contribution of America’s 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life. By raising disability awareness through programs and information, together we can work toward closing the participation gaps.
 
Protecting the Rights of Parents and Prospective Parents with Disabilities: U.S. Department of Health And Human Services, Office for Civil Rights Administration for Children and Families and U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Disability Rights Section

Protecting the Rights of Parents and Prospective Parents with Disabilities: Technical Assistance for State and Local  Child Welfare Agencies and Courts under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
 
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf: RID is a national membership organization representing the professionals who facilitate communication between people who are deaf or hard of hearing and people who can hear. Interpreters serve as professional communicators in a vast array of settings such as: churches, schools, courtrooms, hospitals and theaters, as well as on political grandstands and television.
 
Social Security Administration:
 
Special Needs Alliance (SNA): The Special Needs Alliance is a national, non-profit organization committed to helping individuals with disabilities, their families and the professionals who serve them. Many of our member attorneys have family members with special needs; all of them work regularly with public benefits, guardianships/conservatorships, planning for disabilities and special education issues. We volunteer significant time to the special needs community and advocate for legislative and regulatory change to improve quality of life for individuals with disabilities.he Special Needs Alliance is a national, non-profit orgnaization committed to helping individuals with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who represent them. Their attorneys are some of the most credentialed public benefits and disbility law attorneys in the country, many of whom are themselves parents and siblings of children with disabilities.
 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has established a clear vision for its work -- a life in the community for everyone. To realize this vision, the Agency has sharply focused its mission on building resilience and facilitating recovery for people with or at risk for mental or substance use disorders. SAMHSA is gearing all of its resources -- programs, policies and grants -- toward that outcome.
 
The International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet: Our overarching vision is the equalization of opportunities for persons with disabilities. As an internationally recognized public policy center organized by and for people with disabilities, ICDRI seeks to increase opportunities for people with disabilities by identifying barriers to participation in society and promoting best practices and universal design for the global community. ICDRI′s mission includes the collection of a knowledge base of quality disability resources and best practices and to provide education, outreach and training based on these core resources.