Disability Rights Organizations

National Disability Rights Network
The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and the Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Through training and technical assistance, legal support, and legislative advocacy, NDRN works to create a society in which people with disabilities are afforded equality of opportunity and are able to fully participate by exercising choice and self-determination.

→ Click here for a list of NDRN member organizations in every state and U.S. territory.

Adaptive Environments
Adaptive Environments promotes design that works for everyone across the spectrum of ability and age and enhances human experience.  AE provides access to information and guidance about the civil rights laws and codes and education and consultation about strategies, precedents, and best practices to help design places, things, communication, and policy that integrate solutions to the reality of human diversity.

Disability Rights International
Disability Rights International is dedicated to promoting the human rights and full participation in society of people with disabilities worldwide. Disability Rights International trains and supports advocates seeking legal and service system reform and assists governments in developing laws and policies to promote community integration and human rights enforcement for people with mental disabilities.

Vera Institute of Justice – Accessing Safety Initiative
To foster collaboration and cross-learning and to better ensure the safety of victims with disabilities and Deaf victims, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) will fund six to ten pilot sites with local agencies that serve people with disabilities and local agencies that serve victims of violence.  Vera, in partnership with OVW, has launched the Accessing Safety Initiative (ASI), which works to enhance the capacity of to address the needs of women with disabilities and deaf women by providing education and technical assistance to the service providers in the grantee communities. Vera’s Accessing Safety Initiative helps its partner jurisdictions—states and cities—enhance the capacity of their social services and criminal justice systems to assist women with disabilities & Deaf women who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

World Health Organization – Definition of Disability
World Health Assembly Resolution 58.23 calls on the World Health Organization to work towards ensuring equal opportunities and promotion of human rights for people with disabilities, especially those who are poor.

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