Disability Rights & Advocacy

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Disabled In Action

Based in New York, NY, Disabled in Action is a civil rights organization committed to ending discrimination against people with disabilities — all disabilities.  They fight to eliminate the barriers that prevent people with disabilities from enjoying full equality in American society.


ADAPT is a national grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom.

Disability Rights NY

The Protection and Advocacy (P & A) System and Client Assistance Program (CAP) is a nationwide network of legally based disability rights agencies mandated by federal law to protect and advocate for individuals with disabilities. P & A agencies have the authority to investigate abuse and neglect of people with disabilities, provide legal representation to people with disabilities and engage in other advocacy to advance the rights of individuals with disabilities.

Disability Rights Advocates (DRA)

Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) is the leading nonprofit disability rights legal center in the nation. Its mission is to advance equal rights and opportunity for people with all types of disabilities nationwide.

National Disability Rights Network

The National Disability Rights Network works in Washington, DC on behalf of the Protection and Advocacy Systems (P&As) and Client Assistance Programs (CAPs), the nation’s largest providers of legal advocacy services for people with disabilities.

Disability Rights Bar Association (DRBA)

The DRBA is an online network of attorneys who specialize in disability civil rights law. Through the DRBA, disability rights attorneys share information, coordinate litigation and other legal representation strategies, and mentor lawyers and law students who are new to disability rights practice. The DRBA helps lawyers and individuals with disabilities pursue better cases, make more effective arguments, and understand developments in disability rights law and practice.

Laws That Protect People with Disabilities

These fact sheets provide information about U.S. laws that protect the rights of people with disabilities. RTC researchers and staff created them as resources for participants in our “Out and About” intervention, which is part of the Research and Training Center on Promoting Interventions for Community Living (RTC/PICL).10 One additional fact sheet focuses on finding social support for community participation.

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

AAPD’s aims to improve the lives of people with disabilities by increasing their political and economic power. This group sponsors career and leadership programs for disabled individuals and promotes legislative action to create a more accessible world. Programs Include Advocacy, Voting, Congressional Summer Internships.

The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund

The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), founded in 1979, is a leading national civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities. Their mission is to advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities through legal advocacy, training, education, and public policy and legislative development.

Voting Success For People For Disabilities

AbleData voting guide and rights for people with disabilities.

Service Animals and The ADA

A resource of the U.S Department that answers the most frequently asked questions about service animals and the ADA.

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