Disability Organizations

Adaptive Sports Foundation
Provides instruction in both winter and summer sports to children and adults with cognitive and physical disabilities.

Alcoholics Anonymous
Founded in 1935, the AA program focuses on 12 steps to help anyone recovering from alcoholism achieve sobriety.

All Walks Of Life
Focuses on prevention of violence to people with disabilities with information and a moderated e-mail list.

Alzheimer’s Association
Advocacy organization promoting research on Alzheimer’s disease, working nationally and locally to raise awareness.

American Academy of Pain Medicine
Medical organization representing doctors with a focus in pain medicine. The AAPM educates and advocates research in the pain medication field.

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
The AAIDD provides information and advocacy on people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

American Association of People with Disabilities
AAPD is the largest national nonprofit cross-disability member organization in the United States, dedicated to ensuring economic self-sufficiency and political empowerment for the more than 56 million Americans with disabilities. AAPD works in coalition with other disability organizations for the full implementation and enforcement of disability nondiscrimination laws, particularly the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today (ADAPT)
Advocates against placing people with disabilities in nursing homes and other institutions.

American Council of the Blind
National organizations of blind, visually impaired and sighted individuals whose purpose is to work toward independence, security, equality of opportunity, and improved quality of life for all blind and visually impaired people.

American Foundation for the Blind
Provides resources, research, and advocacy on the visually impaired. One of the foundation’s most famous ambassadors was Helen Keller, who spent 40 years working for the organization.

American Psychiatric Association
The largest psychiatric organization in the world, the APA is an association for psychiatrists across the country where professionals share research and establish guidelines for practice.

American Society of Addiction Medicine
Professional society for doctors, clinicians, and other professionals. Link provides information on addiction, treatment, and more.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Professional association for audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel. Link provides updates and information on recent research.

Broad Futures
This organization works to empower young adults with learning disabilities through employment.

Center for Applied Special Technology
Advocates for educational products, classroom practices and products that are inclusive to all.

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
Promotes community-centric substance abuse treatment and resources for anyone seeking treatment or information on treatment.

Cerebral Palsy Causes Guide
Cerebral Palsy Guide provides free educational materials, financial options and emotional support for those affected by cerebral palsy.

Cerebral Palsy Group
This group offers resources and information on Cerebral Palsy for families and those diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

Community Options
Community Options supports people with disabilities through developing residential, employment, and other support services.

Directory of Nationally and Regionally Accredited Institutions
This link provides information about some of the benefits to obtaining a four-year degree from an online university, specifically for students with disabilities. It cites statistics, and makes the argument that online programs are accessible to students with disabilities “by their very nature.” It also provides an explanation of what students with disabilities must typically do in order to prove their need for academic and/or physical accommodation at the university level, and lists links for further reading about securing reasonable accommodations in higher education settings.

Disability Rights Advocates
Works for the protection and advancement of civil rights for people with disabilities through research, education, and legal advocacy.

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund
Works to protect and advance the civil rights of people with disabilities through law and policy legislation and through the training of attorneys, advocates, persons with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities. DREDF was founded in 1979 by people with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities.

News organization that covers topics of interest and concern to people with developmental disabilities. Coverage includes news about various conditions, including autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities. Writers often examine news about education, politics and health, among other topics, through the lens of how such things impact people with disabilities.

Disabled Sports USA
Offers nationwide sports rehabilitation programs to those with permanent disabilities, including winter skiing, water sports and summer and winter competitions.

Disabled Writers
An online database for journalists seeking disability experts and for editors seeking journalists with disabilities for paid assignments.

Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action
A nonprofit trade association serving Down syndrome associations. DSAIA represents more than 1,000 leaders representing more than 80 organizations in the Down syndrome community. Members range from new start-ups to 40-year veteran organizations in the United States and abroad.

This link provides information on drug addiction and resources for anyone seeking recovery, including statistics and news on drug abuse.

Epilepsy Foundation
This link offers information on epilepsy, types of seizures and their triggers, and other useful facts and research. The foundation also provides support peopling living with epilepsy and seizures, as well as their family members.

Fishing Has No Boundaries
Local chapters offer fishing opportunities for people with disabilities.

Global Down Syndrome Foundation
Supports research and medical care for people with Down Syndrome. Foundation also runs programs and fundraisers to improve life for anyone with Down Syndrome and their families.

Non-profit organization which aims to eliminate stigma associated with disability and expand inclusion by helping students and jobseekers in particular.

InclusiveU at Syracuse University
Individualized program at Syracuse University with support for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

International Paralympic Committee
This global governing body organizes the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games.

Little People of America
With 70 chapters, the LPA supports people of short stature, which includes those affected by dwarfism. The organization also has helpful programs, resources, and medical support.

Mental Health America
The oldest mental health organization in the US for people with mental illness.

Mental Health Association of Portland
The organization is the state of Oregon’s impartial and independent advocate for persons with mental illness and addiction.

Mobility International, USA
Provides information and resources on international exchange programs for people with disabilities.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
The nation’s largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families. Good resource for descriptions of mental illness and medications used to treat.

National Association of the Deaf
A national civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.

National Center for Learning Disabilities
Provides information to parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs to foster effective learning, and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities.

National Center for PTSD
Organization within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs created to help survivors of PTSD through education and research.

National Down Syndrome Society
Advocacy organization provides a helpful language guide and other research and facts on Down Syndrome.

National Federation of the Blind
Largest membership organization of blind people in the United States. The NFB’s focus is advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence.

National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders
Organization under the National Institutes of Health that supports and advocates for research on communication disorders.

National Institute of Mental Health
The institute aims to cure and prevent mental illness, through research and the spread of information.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
The NINDS is under the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The Institute – which Congress formed in 1950 — manages and funds research on neurological disorders, with a mission to “reduce the burden of neurological disease.”

National Multiple Sclerosis Society
This organization strives for “a world free of MS,” sharing up-to-date research and support for the those affected by the disease of the central nervous system.

National Organization on Disability
Raises disability awareness through the dissemination of disability-related news, information and resources.

North American Riding for the Handicapped Association
Local chapters sponsor adaptive horseback riding.

Not Dead Yet
Advocates against assisted suicide or ending the life of people with disabilities who may not be able to speak for themselves.

Project Know 
Resource for alcohol and drug addiction counseling — connects those seeking help with treatment centers.

The Mighty
This online publication, launched by a group of journalists, features stories that attempt to dispel stigmas about disability.

Through the Looking Glass
Pioneers research, training, and services for families in which a child, parent or grandparent has a disability or medical issue. This nonprofit organization emerged from the independent living movement.

Tourette Association of America Mid-Atlantic Chapter
A nonprofit organization dedicated to the support of those who are living with Tourette Syndrome.

Trace Research & Development Center
Conducts research and advocates for accessibility to new and emerging technologies.

U.S. Business Leadership Network
USBLN (U.S. Business Leadership Network) is a national non-profit that unites business around disability inclusion in the workplace, supply chain and marketplace. More than 130 corporate partners look to USBLN for guidance on disability inclusion, including recruitment and outreach, supplier diversity and accessibility.

United Spinal Association
Dedicated to making life better for people with spinal cord injuries through advocacy and research.

VOR – Advocating for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
VOR is a national, nonprofit organization advocating for high quality care and human rights for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The organization positions itself as the only national advocacy organization that supports service choice, from small to large, expressly supporting the expansion of community-based supports while also opposing forced deinstitutionalization. It champions individual choice based on need, supporting individuals and their families as primary decision-makers. VOR has state coordinators in many states and members in all states.