List of Disability Rights Organizations

This is a list of notable disability rights organizations. Although the disability rights movement itself began in the 1960s, advocacy for the rights of people with disabilities did exist before that, and so the list of notable organizations has been expanded to reflect that.

  • American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today (ADAPT) (1978) – was organized by the Atlantis Community and primarily serves the physically disabled and focuses on advocating for rights and services.
  • American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • American Association of People with Disabilities (1995) – a cross-disability organization that focuses on advocacy and services.
  • American Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities
  • American Council of the Blind
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Foundation for the Blind (1921) - primarily serves the blind population and focuses on advocacy and services.
  • ARC Association for Real Change
  • Aspies For Freedom
  • Autism National Committee
  • Autism Network International
  • Autistic Self Advocacy Network (2006) - an international organization that provides support, services, and public policy advocacy for those on the Autism spectrum while working to improve the public perception of Autism and related conditions. It is run by Autistic people, and was founded by Autistic self-advocates Ari Ne'eman and Scott Robertson.
  • Burton Blatt Institute
  • Canadian National Institute for the Blind
  • Community Alliance for the Ethical Treatment of Youth
  • Center for Independent Living (1972) - an American organization that primarily serves the physically disabled and focuses on advocacy and services.
  • Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
  • Disabled American Veterans
  • Disabled Children's Computer Group
  • Disabled in Action (1970) - an American organization that primarily serves the physically disabled and focuses on advocacy and services. The group concerns itself with lobbying for new legislation that would provide for and defend the civil rights of people with disabilities and with the enforcement of current legislation.
  • Disabled Peoples' International
  • DisAbled Women's Network Canada
  • Disability Rights Commission
  • Dreams for Kids
  • Easter Seals (1916) - an international organization that provides services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with Autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work, and play in their communities.
  • Endeavour
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • FAIDD (The Finnish Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities)
  • Galloway's Society for the Blind
  • Handicap International
  • IDIRIYA, not-for-profit Sri Lankan NGO promoting 'Accessibility at Public Buildings and Facilities' and focusing 'Accessible Tourism for All'.
  • Infinite Ability - a special interest group within the Medical Humanities Group of University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi, India. The group uses medical humanitarian approaches focussing on four competency-based learning objectives of narrative medicine: graphic medicine;interpersonal and communication skills; patient care, and professionalism.
  • International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC)
  • International Blind Sports Federation
  • International Ventilator Users Network
  • Justice for All
  • Landmine Survivors Network
  • L'Arche
  • Mencap
  • Mental Disability Advocacy Center (MDAC)
  • Mind (The National Association for Mental Health, UK)
  • MindFreedom International (1990) - is a nonprofit international organization that unites 100 sponsor and affiliate grassroots groups with thousands of individual members to win human rights and alternatives for people labeled with psychiatric disabilities.
  • Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS)
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • National Association of the Deaf (1880) - an American organization that primarily serves the Deaf population and focuses on advocacy and services.
  • National Autistic Society
  • National Council on Disability (1978) - a cross-disability American organization with a focus on the government.
  • National Down Syndrome Congress (1973) - a national (American) not-for-profit organization that provides individuals, families, and health care providers information and support about Down syndrome, as well as advocating with and on behalf of individuals with Down syndrome.
  • National Federation of the Blind
  • National Lymphedema Network
  • Northern Ireland Deaf Youth Association
  • Not Dead Yet
  • Post-Polio Health International
  • RADAR (The Royal Association for Disability Rights)
  • RNIB (The Royal National Institute of Blind people)
  • RNID (The Royal National Institute for Deaf people)
  • Rehabilitation International
  • Scope
  • United Cerebral Palsy
  • United Spinal Association, formerly the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association

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