AAPD – American Association of People with Disabilities AAPD’s mission is to (1) ensure economic and political empowerment of all people with disabilities; (2) further the productivity, independence, full citizenship, and total integration of people with disabilities into all aspects of society; (3) foster leadership among people with disabilities; (4) support the full implementation and enforcement of disability nondiscrimination laws, particularly the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; (5) Provide information to the disability community; and (6) educate the public and government policy makers regarding issues affecting people with disabilities.
Advocacy, Inc. A Texas based organization focused on advocating for, protecting and advancing the legal, human and service rights of people with disabilities. It’s priorities include Community Integration, Protection & Civil Rights, Health Care, Housing, Employment, Access, Transportation (HEAT), and Education.
Disability.Gov The site is managed by the US Department of Labor and offers comprehensive information about programs and services to better serve more than 50 million Americans with disabilities, their family members, veterans, employers, educators, caregivers and anyone interested in disability-related information.
Families USA A national nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. Working at the national, state, and community levels, we have earned a national reputation as an effective voice for health care consumers for over 20 years.
ITEM Coalition – Independence Through Enhancement of Medicare and Medicaid Devoted to raising awareness and building support for policies that will enhance access to assistive devices, technologies and related services for people with disabilities and chronic conditions. The Coalition is consumer-led and has over seventy member organizations—including a diverse set of disability organizations, aging organizations, other consumer groups, labor organizations, voluntary health associations, and non-profit provider associations.
Legal Services Corporation (LSC) The single largest provider of civil legal aid for the poor in the nation. Established by Congress in 1974, LSC operates as a private, nonprofit corporation that promotes equal access to justice and provides grants for high-quality civil legal assistance to low-income Americans.
National Spinal Cord Injury Association Founded in 1948, it is the nation’s oldest and largest civilian organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of Americans living with the results of spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D) and their families.
National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology (NCART) Association of suppliers and manufacturers of complex rehab technology products and services that are used by individuals with significant disabilities and medical conditions. NCART works to ensure that federal, state and private coverage and reimbursement policies allow for these individuals to have appropriate access to these products and services.
Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc. (NLS) Offers the majority of its services within Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming Counties, New York. However NLS also operates both a Statewide and National Assistive Technology Advocacy Project to assist persons with disabilities and the advocates and agencies that serve them.
NRRTS – National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers Dedicated to ensuring the provision of high quality Rehabilitation Technology and related services to people with disabilities. All members of NRRTS meet specific professional membership requirements and agree to adhere to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of our organization. The cornerstones of these codes are quality, professionalism and integrity.
RESNA – Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America An interdisciplinary association of people with a common interest in technology and disability. Its purpose is to improve the potential of people with disabilities to achieve their goals through the use of technology. RESNA serves that purpose by promoting research, development, education, advocacy and provision of technology; and by supporting the people engaged in these activities.
Right Wheelchair Dedicated to reversing Medicare’s “in the home” policy, which restricts access to needed wheelchairs and scooters. Right Wheelchair is soliciting wheelchair stories to help influence changing CMS’ policy. Its membership includes the United Spinal Association, the ITEM Coalition and the Clinician Task Force.
The National Council on Independent Living The longest-running national cross-disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. Founded in 1982, NCIL represents thousands of organizations and individuals including: Centers for Independent Living (CILs), Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs), individuals with disabilities, and other organizations that advocate for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities throughout the United States.
WheelchairNet An online community for people who have a common interest in (or in some cases a passion for) wheelchair technology and its improvement and successful application.