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Tips for Finding & Exploring Educational/Policy/Advocacy sites
- Whether the group is an educational/policy group, advocacy organization, or professional association, be sure to read the section of its web site that describes the mission and goals of the group. This is usually an "About us," link.
- Most educational/think tank/policy sites will have an "Issues" our "Topics" link-be sure to check this out.
- To find advocacy groups, think about trade or professional associations that may be invested in health care.
- Once you find an advocacy organization, look for links on its
website to "news alerts,", "legislation or legislative action,"
Advocacy Group Web Resources
American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
“The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the country's largest cross-disability membership organization, organizes the disability community to be a powerful voice for change – politically, economically, and socially. AAPD was founded in 1995 to help unite the diverse community of people with disabilities, including their family, friends and supporters, and to be a national voice for change in implementing the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).”
The AAPD subsite focused on employment-related issues.
"Founded in 1905 by Winifred and Edith Holt, the Lighthouse quickly became a pioneer in the field of Vision Rehabilitation. Today it is a leading worldwide resource in helping people overcome the challenges of vision loss."
National Disability Rights Network
“NDRN is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Programs (CAP). Collectively, the P&A/CAP network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.”
“Founded in 1975, TASH advocates for human rights and inclusion for people with significant disabilities and support needs – those most vulnerable to segregation, abuse, neglect and institutionalization. TASH works to advance inclusive communities through advocacy, research, professional development, policy, and information and resources for parents, families and self-advocates.”
TASH- Advocacy Issues: Employment
The TASH subsite focused on employment issues.
What Can You Do? The Campaign For Disability Employment
“The Campaign for Disability Employment is a collaborative effort between several disability and business organizations that seek to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities by encouraging employers and others to recognize the value and talent they bring to the workplace, as well as the dividend to be realized by fully including people with disabilities at work.”