Advocacy Information

Advocacy is a core strategy for improving the lives of people with disabilities. The following organizations are worth exploring if you are looking for ways to put your talents to work for yourself or others. Just click on the green titles below to learn more.

Advocacy Organizations

Idaho Specific Organizations

Disability Rights Idaho

Disability Rights Idaho is a statewide non-profit agency that provides advocacy and legal services for people with disabilities in Idaho.

Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities

The Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities provides service and support to ensure that all people of Idaho participate as equal members of society, empowered to reach their full potential as responsible and contributing citizens of their communities.”

Idaho Help

Idaho Help is an online directory of services, resources, and information designed to help individuals who have a disability and their families locate resources and supports in their own communities.

March of Dimes—Idaho Chapter

The March of Dimes Mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

The Arc of Idaho

The Arc is committed to securing for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, in partnership with their families, the opportunity to choose and realize their goals of where and how they learn, live, work and play.

The University Idaho Center on Disabilities and Human Development

The Center on Disabilities and Human Development strives, through education, outreach, research, and service to accomplish a vision that foresees a nation in which all Americans, including Americans with disabilities, participate fully in their communities.

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National and International Organizations

TASH

TASH is an international grassroots leader in advancing inclusive communities through research, education and advocacy.  Founded in 1975, TASH is a volunteer-driven organization that advocates for human rights and inclusion for people with the most significant disabilities and support needs -- those most vulnerable to segregation, abuse, neglect and institutionalization.

American Association of People with Disabilities

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), 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).

American With Disabilities Act Technical Assistance

The Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC) is a national network of 10 regional ADA Centers that provide the most complete and experienced services for up-to-date information, referrals, resources, and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Children's Defense Fund

The Children's Defense Fund is an advocacy organization that is committed to raising the standards of living for children in the United States by improving policies and programs.

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates

The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA), is an independent, nonprofit organization of attorneys, special education advocates and parents. COPAA's mission is to be a national voice for special education rights and to promote excellence in advocacy.

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities is a coalition of disability organizations working together to advocate for national public policy that ensures the self determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.

Disabled Peoples' International

Disabled Peoples' International is a network of national organizations or assemblies of disabled people, established to promote human rights of disabled people through full participation, equalization of opportunity and development.

Down Syndrome Research Online Advocacy Group

The Down Syndrome Research Online Advocacy Group is a non- profit scientific and educational effort aimed at increasing public understanding and support for clinical and biomedical research into Down syndrome.

Family Voices

Family Voices provides family's tools to make informed decisions, advocate for improved public and private policies, build partnerships among professionals and families, and serve as a trusted resource on health care.

National Organization on Disability

The mission of the National Organization on Disability is to expand the participation and contribution of America's 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life.

Partners in Policymaking

Partners in Policymaking® is a program designed to teach parents and self-advocates the power of advocacy to change the way people with disabilities are supported, viewed, taught, live and work.

Self Advocates Becoming Empowered

Self Advocates Becoming Empowered is an advocacy organization whose mission is to ensure that people with disabilities are treated as equals and that they are given the same choices, opportunities, and responsibilities as all people.

Speaking For Ourselves

Speaking For Ourselves is an organization that supports their members to run their organizations, develop leadership skills through real-life experiences, learn to work together collectively to address their own issues, and increase their own self-sufficiency and independence

The Arc

The Arc is devoted to promoting and improving supports and services for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The ArcLink

TheArcLink promotes straightforward, gimmick-free presentation of needed information or compelling stories that are accessible to users of all abilities.

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Washington Specific Organizations

Alliance of People With disAbility

Alliance of People With disability is an organization of people with disabilities advocating for equality and choice.

March of Dimes—Washington Chapter

The March of Dimes Mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

People First of Washington

People First is a self-advocacy organization of, for and by people with developmental and other disabilities.

Parent Coalition

The Spokane County Parent Coalition is an organization designed to provide information and resources to families who have sons/daughters with developmental disabilities.

The Arc of King County

The Arc of King County advocates for the right of children and adults with developmental disabilities to live, learn, work and play in the community -- improving the quality of life for us all.

The Arc of Spokane

The Arc of Spokane is one of 750 chapters of The Arc nationwide ensuring that people with developmental disabilities and their families enjoy the highest quality of life possible. The Arc plays a key role in advocating for the rights of all people with disabilities

The Arc of Washington State

The Arc of Washington State's mission is to advocate for the rights and full participation of all people with developmental disabilities.

Washington Protection and Advocacy System

Washington Protection and Advocacy System is a private non-profit organization that protects the rights of people with disabilities statewide.

Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council

The Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council is a Federal-State partnership working to plan for and with people with developmental disabilities and their families.

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