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National Disability Advocacy & Law Organizations

Programs that seek to influence legislation in order to benefit specific interest groups or achieve specific social, political or environmental goals; or which intercede on behalf of individuals and/or groups to ensure that they receive the benefits and services to which they are entitled and that their rights guaranteed by law are protected and enforced.

Tennessee Disability Advocacy & Law Organizations

Pathfinder Resources

Database of Services: Relevant keywords may include: ADA Information and Assistance, Advocacy Services, and Legal Counseling (including low income).

Allies in Self-Advocacy

A online resources to assist individuals with disabilities to become self-advocates.

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

A cross-disability membership organization that advocates for people with disabilities politically, economically, and socially.

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)

The professional association run by and for professionals who support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a membership organization that supports and promotes a national network of university-based interdisciplinary programs.

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities

A coalition of national disability organizations working to advocate for national public policy that ensures total inclusion and intergration of people with disabilities in all aspects of society.

Council for Exceptional Children

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) works to improve the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.

Council of Parent Advocates and Attorneys (COPAA)

COPAA is an independent, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization of attorneys, advocates and parents. It works to improve the quality and quantity of legal assistance for parents of children with disabilities.

A federal information website that connects people with disabilities, their family members, veterans, caregivers, employers, service providers and others with the resources they need to ensure that people with disabilities can fully participate in the workplace and in their communities.

Family Voices

A national grassroots clearinghouse for information and education about ways to assure and improve health care for children with disabilities and chronic conditions

Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

An advocacy and law center that protects the rights of children and adults with mental health disabilities.

National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI)

An advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.

National Council on Disability (NCD)

The National Council on Disability (NCD) is an independent federal agency, composed of 15 members appointed by the President, by and with the consent of the U.S. Senate. The purpose of NCD is to promote policies, programs, practices, and procedures that guarantee equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities, and that empower individuals with disabilities to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and inclusion and integration into all aspects of society.

National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR)

The National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) provides representation and advocacy on behalf of persons who are seeking Social Security and Supplemental Security Income.

National Organization on Disability (NOD)

The mission of the National Organization on Disability (NOD) is to expand the participation and contribution of people with disabilities in all aspects of life.

New Health and Wellness Library Online

The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt has a new online health and wellness library, which features articles written especially for parents, teens, and children. Each area has illustrations, interactive tools, and videos about physical conditions and emotional issues from before birth through the teen years.

Office of Disability Employment Policy, United States Department of Labor (ODEP)

Provides national leadership on disability employment policy by developing and influencing the use of evidence-based disability employment policies and practices, building collaborative partnerships, and delivering authoritative and credible data on employment of people with disabilities.

Office on Disability, United States Department of Health and Human Services

The Health and Human Services Office on Disability (OD) oversees the implementation and coordination of disability programs, policies and special initiatives in HHS pertaining to the health and health-related programs.

Self-Advocacy Online

A online resources to assist individuals with disabilities to become self-advocates. The resources are provided by The Research and Training Center on Community Living at The University of Minnesota and The Arc.


TASH is an international association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates, and professionals fighting for a society in which inclusion of all people in all aspects of society is the norm. TASH is an organization of members concerned with human dignity, civil rights, education, and independence for all individuals with disabilities.

The Arc of the United States

The Arc is the world’s largest community based organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It provides an array of services and support for families and individuals and includes over 140,000 members affiliated through more than 850 state and local chapters across the nation.

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.

The White House

The official website of United States government. The website provides information on federal legislation, national issues, branches of goverment, The White House staff and cabinet.

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Other Links and Resources

  • Disability Lawyers
    A website that provides information on disability law and a directory of disability lawyers.
  • Center on Human Policy - Disability Studies for Teachers
    This website contains lesson plans and materials designed to help teachers integrate disability studies into social studies, history, literature, and related subjects in grades 6-12. The plans and materials also can be adapted for use in postsecondary education.

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