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ADAPT  There's no place like home, and we mean real homes, not nursing homes. We are fighting so people with disabilities can live in the community with real supports instead of being locked away in nursing homes and other institutions.
Autism Network International, an autistic-run self-help and advocacy organization for autistic people.
The Capitol Insider: Weekly news and information from our Nation's Capitol.
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities  is a Coalition of national consumer, advocacy, provider and professional organizations headquartered in Washington, D.C. Since 1973, the CCD has advocated on behalf of people of all ages with physical and mental disabilities and their families. CCD has worked to achieve federal legislation and regulations that assure that the 54 million children and adults with disabilities are fully integrated into the mainstream of society.
Deinstitutionalization of Persons with Developmental Disabilities: A Technical Assistance Report for Legislators  By DeWayne Davis, Wendy Fox-Grage, and Shelly Gehshan 
Disability History Resource Center  The Disability History Project is a community history project from the perspective of persons with disabilities. People with disabilities have an exciting and rich history that should be shared with the world.
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund  DREDF is the leading national law and policy center in disability civil rights.
Human Rights  articles from The American Bar Association's magazine. ABA's Website includes lots of interesting advocacy links. 
Liberty Resources, Inc - Accessible Housing - Housing needs of persons with disabilities have historically been overlooked and ignored. For instance, current Medicaid regulations guarantee a person with a disability the right to live in a nursing home, but do not guarantee the right to live in the community.
National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems  Federally mandated system in each state and territory which provides protection of the rights of persons with disabilities through legally based advocacy. Information about current advocacy for people with disabilities, lots of disability related links. 
The National Council on Disability (NCD)  is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress on issues affecting 54 million Americans with disabilities. 
National Organization on Disability's VOTE! 2000 Campaign  This is a non-partisan effort to increase by 700,000 the number of voters with disabilities in the year 2000 elections, In the 1996 Presidential election, 11.6 million Americans with disabilities did vote; 23.5 million Americans with disabilities of voting age did not vote. 
NetAction's Virtual Activist Training Course  A training course including links to many other sites which are used to provide you with examples of how the Internet is being used for activism.
People First, advocacy and disability links  which are compiled in an easy-to-understand way. My daughter with mild moderate cognitive impairment can use this page. What to do if arrested, information about the self-advocacy movement, how to contact your legislators, voting rights, etc.
The Oaks Agency  Bill Coffelt is a father in California who has, through his advocacy efforts, made a tremendous difference to how services are delivered in California. His story is fascinating, and his site always includes up-to-date information on advocacy which needs to be done. The Oaks Agency site has up-to-date advocacy information and information on most integrated settings for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Supported Life Institute, a self-advocacy organization in California which holds wonderful conferences every year which bring together self-advocates, families, service providers, funders -- have been attended by upwards of 1200 each year!
Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act.  The Arc published a new Issue Brief:  A Summary of the Ticket to Work and Work  Incentives Improvement Act .  The brief is available on the Governmental Affairs section of The Arc web site or by calling the office (202-785-3388).
Tools for Activism  My favorite here is the "writing letters to the editor" section.
VoxCap  This website has more information about national legislation. However, I like its "Send a Letter to the Editor" option (for local/state newspapers).
The Waiting List Campaign  ARC has taken on the problem of inhuman waiting lists. We need to support them by keeping informed of this issue.

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A.D.A. (Americans With Disabilities Act) Information

 
ADA Homepage  U.S. Dept. of Justice, Americans with Disabilities.
 
A.D.A. Newsletter  Covering judicial, legislative and administrative developments in disability law.
 
The Access Board  United States Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board in Washington, D.C. The Access Board enforces the Architectual Barriers Act (ABA), ensuring accessibility in facilities built, altered, or leased using certain Federal funds.
 
The Center for an Accessible Society  Project of Exploding Myths, Inc., a company that publishes Mainstream magazine, funded by NIDRR to focus attention on disability and independent living issues.
 
The Arc's Access ADA ActivitiesHistory of ARC's ADA-related activities and current activities.
 
Supreme Court Cases involving the ADA
 
Discrimination Complaint Form Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section, Form DOJ - ADA-II, OMB Approval No. 1190-0007 (exp. 8-31-95)

Recommended Reading


"So You Want to Make A Difference: Advocacy is the Key"  by Nancy Amidei, 54 pages, $10, order from OMB Watch (202) 234-8494. An expensive manual, but reportedly very good. Nancy's "Advocacy Fitness Plan" includes several levels of involvement such as
1) get on the mailing list of an advocacy group that focuses on your issue, 2) enlist a friend, 3) inform a stranger, 4) write a policy maker, 5) call a policymaker, 6) visit a policymaker, 7) write/call/visit other voters, and 8) work for a visionary goal (join with other advocacy groups).

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