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National Resources

Learn more about the many national advocacy groups that support and empower people with disabilities.

ADAPT
ADAPT is a national organization made up of local chapters. The members engage in nonviolent, direct action to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom.

Attention Deficit Disorder Association
The Attention Deficit Disorder Association provides information, resources and networking opportunities to help adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder lead better lives.

Autism Society
The Autism Society exists to increase public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocate for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and provide the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.

Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Find support groups and other resources near you.

Brain Injury Association of America
Through advocacy, the Brain Injury Association of America’s mission is to advance brain injury prevention, research, treatment and education and to improve the quality of life for all individuals impacted by brain injury.

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD): National Resource on ADHD
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) is part of a social movement more than twenty years in the making that seeks to reshape how society treats, accommodates, and views people with ADHD. This organization wants you to be armed with information to make a difference in your own life, whether that means dealing with issues in the classroom, the boardroom, or your living room.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is dedicated to educating, advocating, listening, and leading to raise awareness and provide support to those affected by mental illness. Find a support group or other NAMI programs in your state.

National Association for Down Syndrome
The National Association for Down Syndrome offers parent support, resource referrals, public awareness, a self-advocate program, retreats, conferences, and seminars.

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
The mission of the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) is to improve the lives of the one in five children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues—by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools and advocating for equal rights and opportunities.

National Parenting Education Network (NPEN)
National Parenting Education Network (NPEN) believes all parents/families should have the information, resources and support needed to provide a nurturing relationship and an optimal environment that will encourage their children’s healthy growth and development.

Puppy Raising Program
Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.

TASH
TASH is an international leader in disability advocacy. TASH advocates for human rights and inclusion for people with significant disabilities and support needs.

Understanding Asperger Syndrome: A Professor’s Guide
This title in the new DVD series Asperger Syndrome and Adulthood focuses on educating professors, teaching assistants, and others on what it means to be a college student on the spectrum and how they might best be able to help them succeed.

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) educates, advocates, and provides support services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities. They work to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network that has helped millions.

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