Advocacy, Empowerment and Independent Living
Many sites on the Internet support advocy and empowerment! Strong advocacy skills are essential to enable a consumer or a family member to get the kinds of services, funding and mobility devices that they need. Empowerment is the sense that "I can (with support) ask for what I need, use the laws to get what is fair and right and take the steps necessary to accomplish my goals." Use these links to learn more...
Many other sections in the Community Living section of WheelchairNet have information about the laws and support organization that are specific to a certain life situation like special education, employment or public access. Don't forget to use those resources too.
- President Bush announces new Freedom Intitiative - to provide better access to assistive technology for persons with disabilities.
- Check the latest news in the disability rights movement at Justice for All. Click on Archives.
- ACHIEVA - organisation commited to lifelong services for people with disabilities and their families.
- ADA 10th Anniversary Status Report
- ADAPT - American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today
- Advocating Change Together (ACT) - self-advocacy disability rights organization run by and for people with developmental and other disabilities.
- Advocacy Is Our Job
- Axis Disability Rights
- Barrier Breakers - get information about how to write Social Security funded PASS Plans, appeal denials in the Vocation Rehabilitation system, etc.
- Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability(CSADP) - provides public education, leadership development and training, technical assistance, and conducts action-research.
- Center for an Accessible Society - an information clearinghouse providing journalists with credible information and quotable sources for disability policy and independent living issues.
- Cerebral Palsy Help - provide information and resources on cerebral palsy.
- Department of Justice - ADA Homepage.
- Disability Access Services - provide timely information to people with disabilities about products and services they can use.
- DisabilityInfo.gov- a comprehensive US government web resource that is part of the New Freedom Initiative.
- DisabilityGuide.com - and example of how a WWW resource can put people with disabilities in touch with good information about accessibility in a region: Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.
- Disabled Peoples International - to promote the Human Rights of People with Disabilities through full participation, equalization of opportunity and development. DPI is a grassroot, cross-disability network with member organizations in over 158 countries, over half of which are in the developing world.
- Disability is Natural - information on new ways of thinking about people with disability. You may want to subcribe to their monthly newsletter.
- Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
- DAWWN - Disability Advocacy Work With Networking
- DIMENET - a coalition of independent living organizations.
- Justice For All - an email network formed to defend and advance disability rights and programs in the US Congress. One JFA goal is to get the word from Washington D.C. out to the grassroots--individuals, state and national organizations of people with disabilities. This WEB pages is designed to provide you with information on how to obtain the JFA alerts both by subscribing to the Mailing List
- Liberty Resources - links to many advocacy organizations.
- Living Independently Forever - information for people with physical, psychological, or learning disabilities.
- MedSupport - educating and assisting persons with multiple sclerosis and other disabilities, their caregivers and their families; caring, support, and information through a variety of interactive moderated forums and chat areas as well as a bi-monthly newsletter and a wide range of hyperlinks to other sources of information.
- National Assistive Technology Advocacy Project - sponsored by Neighborhood Legal Services.
- National Organization on Disability
- National Rehabilitation Association - provide advocacy, awareness and career advancement for professionals in the fields of rehabilitation.
- Neurotrauma Registry - provide an inclusive resource list for those with acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, or other complex neurotrauma.
- Not Dead Yet
- Pro Bono Law Programs - listed by state.
- The ADA Document Center
- The Arc
- The Disability Rights Activist
- U.S. Agency for International Development - committed to the inclusion of people who have physical and mental disabilities.
- V.O.I.C.E.S., Inc. non-profit organization for families with children who have communication impairments and the professionals who chare for them.
- World Institute on Disabilities
- 360 Magazine - an e-zine for the wheelchair community.
- AbleProject - provide a network that empowers people with disabilities to find and obtain mobility and assistive products that support them in living a more independent life.
- Best Corporate Change Resources - some resources here may help with understanding change.
- Enabled Online - a resource for connecting people with disabilities.
- emPOWER - a charities consortium of users of prosthetics, orthotics, wheelchairs and electronic assistive technology and campaigns for a national look based on individual needs.
- Empowerment Zone - helping individuals and communities achieve self actualization and full citizenship. A great text only site with information in the area of politics, civil rights, education, housing, independent living, etc.
- Empowerment Resources - tools for personal growth, social change, and ecology.
Independent Living Centers
- Institute on Independent Living - a resource for self help organization providing training materials, technical assistance and information on personal assistance, advocacy, access, legislation and peer support.
- Independent Living Utilization and Research - a technical assistance for independent living located at the Texas Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR).
- Independent Living USA - links to both American and international independent living centers.
- AbleData's links to all independent living centers in the United States
- Some Community Independent Living Center
- Access North - Hibbing, Minnesota
- Access Center for Independent Living, Inc. - Dayton, Ohio
- Alliance for Disabled in Action, Inc. - a center for independent living for Middlesex, Sommerset and Union Counties in New Jersey.
- Atlantis Community, Inc. - Denver, Colorado
- California State Independent Living Council - Sacramento, California
- Central Iowa Center for Independent Living - Des Moines, Iowa
- Center for Independent Living - Berkeley, California
- Center for Independent Living in Central Florida - Orlando, Florida
- Center for Independent Living of Central PA - CampHill, Pennsylvania
- Community Resources for Independence - Erie, Pennsyvania
- FREED -- An Independent Living Resource Center - Grass Valley & Marysville, California
- Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley - Troy & Hudson, New York
- Kenai Peninsula Independent Living Center - Alaska
- Liberty Resources, Inc. - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Memphis Center for Independent Living - Memphis, Tennessee
- Regional Center for Independent Living - Rochester, New York
- Silicon Valley Independent Living Center - San Jose and Gilroy, California
- Taconic Resources for Independence, Inc. - Poughkeepsie, New York
- Tri-county Patriots for Independent Living - Washington, Pennsylvania
- Three Rivers Center for Independent Living - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Utah Independent Living Center - Salt Lake City, Utah
- Paraquad - St. Louis, Missouri.
- Pennsylvania Council on Independent Living - Pittsburgh, Erie and Philadelphia CILs combined forces to create a collective voice for independent living in Pennsylvania.
- New York City Coalition for Independent Living - New York, New York
- Warrensburg Independent Living Services - Warrensburg, Missouri
- Westchester Independent Living Center - New York
- Westside Center for Independent Living - Los Angeles, California
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Last Updated: 3-2-2006