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Resources

Resources recommended by the ICI from advocacy, education, legal, and professional organizations and sources.

  • American Association for People with Disabilities (AAPD) - Cross-disability membership organization that mobilizes the disability community to be a powerful voice for political, economic and social change.

  • American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today (ADAPT) - National grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists in nonviolent direct action to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom, particularly in the community with real supports.

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) - Professional, scientific, and credentialing association for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language and hearing scientists in the US and internationally, who work to make the human right of communication accessible and achievable for all.

  • Augmented Communication Inc - Publishes resources to keep individuals with communication needs, families, and professionals informed about developments in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).

  • Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee (BCCC) - An organization consisting of Syracuse University students working to foster a more positive climate toward disability that values individual difference in all university settings.

  • Circle of Inclusion - A resource for families and early childhood service providers comprised of information about effective practices of inclusive educational programs for children from birth through age eight.

  • CAST: Universal Design for Learning - A resource including research, publications, practical tools, policy implications and professional development on Universal Design for Learning; an educational framework designed to enhance the learning experience for all individuals.

  • Disability Rights Advocates - A non-profit legal center whose work includes national advocacy through class action litigation on behalf of individuals with all types of disabilities, research and education projects, and publication of resource materials.

  • Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) - National civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities which aims to advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities through legal advocacy, training, education, and public policy and legislative development.

  • Disability Studies for Teachers - A resource for educators that includes lesson plans and materials designed to help teachers integrate disability studies into social studies, history, literature, and related subjects in grades 6-12. Also includes suggestions as to how to modify these tools for postsecondary environments.

  • EveryoneCommunicates - Comprehensive information on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) including foundational knowledge, personal stories, methods and technology resources.

  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Data - Public access to information about students with disabilities who are served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), technical assistance materials, analysis and reporting of data, and forms used for collections.

  • International Society for Alternative and Augmentative Communication (ISAAC) - Includes projects, research, events and information packets on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) geared towards improving the lives of individuals with speech difficulties.

  • Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation - Seeks to contribute to an understanding of autism from a scientific perspective, increase opportunities and services for the autism community, and educate the public about autism by providing grants to fund research, clinical care, policy, advocacy and education.

  • National Council on Disability - A 15 member independent policy making agency appointed by the President that functions as an advising body to executive branch agencies, Congress and the President to promote programs, practices, and procedures that guarantee equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities.

  • National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) - A membership organization that works to advance independent living and human rights of people with disabilities.

  • National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) - A national resource for information on disabilities, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act& (IDEA), No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and research relating to educational practices.

  • PEAK Parent Center - Provides training, information and technical assistance to equip families of children with disabilities from birth through age twenty-six with strategies to advocate successfully for full inclusion in educational and community environments.

  • Ragged Edge Online - Disability Rights online magazine, formerly printed as The Disability Rag. This site includes current, as well as archived issues of this publication.

  • Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) - National self-advocacy organization working to advance the rights of and empower people with disabilities.

  • Speaking For Ourselves - A grassroots organization run by and for people with developmental disabilities that aims to help members run organizations, develop leadership skills, work together collectively to address issues, and increase self-sufficiency and independence.

  • TASH - An international association of people with disabilities, families, advocates, and professionals fighting for a more inclusive society. TASH is most concerned with and disseminates information on human dignity, civil rights, education, and independence for all people with disabilities

  • U.S. Department of Justice ADA Page - Provides information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • WAPDAH - A private, non-profit organization located in the Whittier, CA area that supports individuals with a variety of lifelong disabilities including Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Down’s syndrome and related medical and/or behavioral disorders. This agency has a strong foundation in communication services and offers training, resources and support.

  • Whole Schooling Consortium - A program of Wayne State University that advocates cultivating educational environments to help children hone skills that maximize their opportunities and to develop active, effective citizens for democracy.