Disability Organizations

Disability Resources & Organizations


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Federal Agencies

Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board 
1331 F Street, N.W., Suite 1000 
Washington, D.C. 20004-1111 
(800) USA-ABLE (872-2253) (voice) 
(800) 993-2822 (TTY) 
(202) 272-0081 (fax) 
info@access-board.gov (e-mail) 
Provides technical assistance on architectural, transportation, and communications accessibility issues. Issues specific ADA Accessibility Guidelines.

Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) 
200 Constitution Avenue, NW 
Room S-1303 
Washington, DC 20210 
1-866-ODEL-DOL (633-7365) 
1-877-889-5627 (TTY) 
(202) 693-7888 (Fax) 
The Office of Disability Employment Policy provides national leadership by developing and influencing disability-related employment policy as well as practice affecting the employment of people with disabilities.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
1801 L Street, N.W. 
Washington, D.C. 20507 
(202) 663-4900; (800) 669-4000 
(800) 669-6820 (TTY); (202) 663-4494 
(202) 663- 4912 (fax) 
info@eeoc.gov (e-mail) 
Promulgates regulations and enforces ADA Title I provisions prohibiting discrimination in employment. Provides technical assistance to employers and persons with disabilities.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
U.S. Department of the Treasury 
1111 Constitution Avenue, N.W. 
Washington, D.C. 20224 
(800) 829-1040 
(800) 829-4059 (TDD) 
Provides information on tax credits and tax deductions available to businesses for costs of providing reasonable accommodations, tax information for people with disabilities, and information on the Targeted Jobs Tax Credit Program, which offers incentives for hiring individuals with disabilities referred by state vocational rehabilitation or Veterans Administration programs.

U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division 
Disability Rights Section--NYA 
950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW 
Washington, D.C. 20530 
(202) 514-0301; (800) 514-0301; 
(800) 514-0383 (TTY) 
(202) 307-1198 (fax) 
Promulgates regulations and enforces antidiscrimination provisions under Title II involving public services and under Title III involving public accommodations. Also enforces employment provisions under Title II of the ADA affecting state and local government entities. Provides technical assistance on compliance with ADA Titles II and III.

Department of Justice's ADA Information Line and Technical Assistance 
800-514-0301 (voice) 
800-514-0383 (TTY)

200 Constitution Avenue, NW 
Room S-1303 
Washington, DC 20210 
202-693-7921; 1-866-633-7365 
1-877-889-5627 (TTY) 
disabilityinfo@doe.gov (e-mail) 
DisabilityInfo.gov is a comprehensive online resource designed to provide people with disabilities and many others with the information and resources they need to live full and independent lives in the workplace and in their communities. With 21 federal agencies contributing content to the site, DisabilityInfo.gov provides access to disability-related information and programs available across the government on numerous subjects, including benefits, civil rights, community life, education, employment, housing, health, income support, technology and transportation. Easy to navigate, users are directed to valuable information covering state and local resources, news and events, grants and funding, laws and regulations and more.

The National Council on Disability (NCD)
1331 F Street, NW, Suite 850
Washington, DC 20004
202-272-2004 (Voice)
202-272-2074 (TTY)
202-272-2022 (Fax)
The NCD is a small, independent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress, and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities. NCD is comprised of a team of fifteen Senate-confirmed Presidential appointees , an Executive Director appointed by the Chairman, and eleven, full-time professional staff.

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research 
U.S. Department of Education 
400 Maryland Ave, SW 
Mailstop PCP-6058 
Washington, D.C. 20202-2572 
(202) 245-7640 (V/TTY) 
(202) 245-7323 (fax) 
Administers the principal federal disability research programs and ADA technical assistance centers. To reach the regional Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC) closest to you, call (800) 949-4ADA (voice and TTY). The DBTACs act as "one-stop" central sources of information, direct technical assistance, training, and referral on ADA issues, and provide individualized responses to information requests, referrals to local sources of expertise, and training on ADA provisions and disability awareness.

Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI)
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration 
1 Choke Cherry Rd. 
240-276-1320 (fax) 
Rockville, MD 20857  
Coordinates independent agencies in each state to provide technical assistance, information, and referrals on the ADA and other disability laws.

State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program-Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)
Department of Education 
400 Maryland Ave, SW 
Washington, D.C. 20202-2800 
(202) 245-7488 (phone) 
Assists employers in recruiting, training, placing, and accommodating people with disabilities. Offers information on state and local agencies providing rehabilitation services, training, and job-related assistance to people with disabilities.

National Organizations and Associations

Accredited Psychiatry & Medicine 
(617) 492-8366 (voice) 
(617) 441-3195 (fax) 
harold_bursztajn@hms.harvard.edu (e-mail) 
Harvard Medical School's graduate & senior faculty, expert medicine & psychiatry/law & ethics web site. A free educational resource for health and legal professionals and the general public.

AARP Foundation (AARP)
601 E Street, NW
Washington, DC  20049
(202) 434-3704 (office)
(202) 434-2320 (fax)
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people age 50 and over have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole, ways that help people 50 and over improve their lives.

ADA National Network
adata.org/contact-us (to find the ADA Center serving your region)
The ADA National Network provides information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), tailored to meet the needs of business, government and individuals at local, regional and national levels. The ADA National Network consists of ten Regional ADA National Network Centers located throughout the United States that provide local assistance to ensure that the ADA is implemented wherever possible.

American Diabetes Association (ADA)
1701 North Beauregard Street
Alexandria, VA  22311
(703) 299-5519 (office)
(703) 549-8748 (fax)
The ADA’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
1629 K St., NW Suite 503
Washington, DC  20006
(202) 457-0046 (office) V/TTY
(202) 457-0473 (fax)
The American Association of People with Disabilities is the nation's largest cross-disability organization, promoting equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities.

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)
501 Third Street, NW, Ste. 200
Washington, DC  20001
(202) 387-1968 or (800) 424-3688 (office)
(202) 387-2193 (fax)
AAIDD promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

American Psychological Association (APA)
750 First Street, NE 
Washington, DC 20002-4242 
(800) 374-2721 
(202) 336-5500

AIDS Action 
1730 M St., NW 
Suite 611 
Washington, DC 20036 
(202)-530-8030 (phone) 
(202)-530-8031 (fax)
Works on government policy formation.

The Arc of the United States
1825 K Street, NW, Suite 1200 Washington, DC 20006
(202) 783-2229 (office)
(202) 783-5433 (TDD)
(202) 783-8250 (fax)
The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

Autism Speaks
1990 K Street, NW
Washington, DC  20006
(202) 955-3312 (office)
(202) 424-5834 (fax)
Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the nation's largest 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.

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
1101 15th Street, NW, Ste. 1212
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 467-5730 (office)
(202) 223-0409 (fax)
The mission of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is to protect and advance the rights of adults and children who have mental disabilities. The Bazelon Center envisions an America where people who have mental illnesses or developmental disabilities exercise their own life choices and have access to the resources that enable them to participate fully in their communities.

Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA)
1608 Spring Hill Road, Ste. 110
Vienna, VA  22182
(703) 761-0750 (office)
(703) 761-0755 (fax)
The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is the country’s oldest and largest nationwide brain injury advocacy organization. Through advocacy, education and research, we bring help, hope and healing to millions of individuals living with brain injury, their families and the professionals who serve them.

Center for Workers with Disabilities (CWD)
1133 19th Street, NW, Ste. 400
Washington, DC  20036
(202) 682-0100 (office)
(202) 289-6555 (fax)
The Center for Workers with Disabilities is a technical assistance center for states enhancing or developing employment supports programs for working persons with disabilities; most of the 30 plus states supported by the Center are supporting employment supports development with Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) funds established under the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 (P.L. 106-170).

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
8181 Professional Place, Ste. 150
Landover, MD  20785
(301) 306-7070 (office)
(301) 306-7090 (fax)
CHADD is the nation’s leading non-profit organization serving individuals with ADHD and their families. CHADD has over 16,000 members in 200 local chapters throughout the U.S. Chapters offer support for individuals, parents, teachers, professionals, and others.

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) 
P.O. Box 6767 
Towson, MD 21285 
(410) 372-0208 (phone) 
The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) is a national, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to enhancing availability and quality of legal representation for parents of children and youth with disabilities, particularly in the field of special education.

Disability Rights Bar Association (DRBA)
900 S. Crouse Avenue
Crouse-Hinds Hall, Suite 300
Syracuse, New York 13244-2130
FAX: (315) 443-9725
Through the DRBA, disability rights attorneys share information and strategies, coordinate litigation and other legal representation strategies, and mentor lawyers and law students who are new to disability rights practice. The DRBA helps lawyers and individuals with disabilities pursue better cases, make more effective arguments, and understand developments in disability rights law and practice.

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)
3075 Adeline Street, Suite 210
Berkeley, CA  94703
(510) 644-2555 ext. 5247 (Office)
(510) 841-8645 (fax)
info@dredf.org (e-mail)
The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, founded in 1979, is a leading national civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities. The mission of the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund is to advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities through legal advocacy, training, education, and public policy and legislative development.

Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC) 
919 Albany Street 
Los Angeles, CA  90015 
(213) 736-1334 (voice); (866) 999-DRLC 
(213) 736-1428 (fax) 
(213) 736-8310 (TDD) 
drlc@lls.edu (e-mail) 
Provides legal assistance to people with all types of disabilities through high-impact litigation, special education advocacy, cancer legal resources, alternative dispute resolution, and ongoing public outreach.

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) 
P.O. Box 14301 
Cincinnati, OH 45250 
(877) 426-2838 (voice/TTY) 
(859) 441-7300 (fax) 
Advises veterans of their rights, and employers of their obligations, under the Rehabilitation Act, and of legislation governing the employment and training of Vietnam-era veterans with disabilities. Provides information on recruiting sources for veterans with disabilities, removing architectural barriers, providing reasonable accommodations, and locating assistive devices. Makes referrals to providers of qualified readers, interpreters, and personal assistants. Has local chapters.

Epilepsy Foundation (EF)
8701 Professional Place East
Landover, MD 20785-2238
(301) 459-3700 (office)
(301) 731-3842 (fax)
The Epilepsy Foundation of America® is the national voluntary agency dedicated solely to the welfare of the almost 3 million people with epilepsy in the U.S. and their families. The organization works to ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; to improve how people with epilepsy are perceived, accepted and valued in society; and to promote research for a cure. In addition to programs conducted at the national level, epilepsy clients throughout the United States are served by 48 Epilepsy Foundation affiliates around the country.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
918 Chestnut Ridge Road, Suite 1 
P.O. Box 6080 
Morgantown, WV 26506-6080 
(800) 526-7234 (voice) 
(877) 781-9403 (TTY) 
(800) ADA-WORK 
(800) 526-2262 (in Canada) 
(304) 293-7186 (in West Virginia) 
(304) 293-5407 (fax) 
jan@jan.icdi.wzu.edu (e-mail) 
Offers information network and free telephone consulting resource. Maintains data base of successful accommodations. Helps employers and individuals with disabilities use public programs dealing with disabilities.

Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)
4001 N 9th Street, #505
Arlington, VA  22203
(703) 243-2614 (office)
(703) 243-0894 (fax)
LDA is the largest non-profit volunteer organization advocating for individuals with learning disabilities and has over 200 state and local affiliates in 42 states and Puerto Rico. LDA's international membership of over 15,000 includes members from 27 countries around the world. The membership, composed of individuals with learning disabilities, family members and concerned professionals, advocates for the almost three million students of school age with learning disabilities and for adults affected with learning disabilities. The state and local affiliates, through their affiliation with the national LDA, work continuously for individuals with learning disabilities, their parents and the professionals who serve them.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
2107 Wilson Boulevard, Ste. 300
Arlington, VA  22201
(703) 516-7222 (office)
(703) 516-0694 (fax)
NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research.

National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
8630 Fenton Street, Suite 820
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301.587.1789 (TTY)
301.587.1788 (Phone)
301.587.1791 (Fax)
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is a national organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.

National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD)
1201 15th Street, NW, Suite 250
Washington, DC  20005
(202) 898-2578 (office)
(202) 898-2583 (fax)
NASUAD works to improve and sustain state systems delivering home and community based services and supports for people who are older or have a disability, and their caregivers.

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
1101 Vermont Ave., NW, #400
Washington, DC  20005
(703) 476-4894 (office)
(202) 842-1942 (fax)
The National Center for Learning Disabilities works to ensure that the nation's 15 million children, adolescents and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work, and life.

National Council on Aging (NCOA)
1901 L Street, NW, 4th Floor
Washington, DC  20036
(202) 479-6678 (office)
(202) 479-0735 (fax)
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. NCOA brings together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults.  NCOA works with thousands of organizations across the country to help seniors find jobs and benefits, improve their health, live independently, and remain active in their communities.

National Council on Independent Living 
1710 Rhode Island Ave., NW 
5th floor 
Washington, DC 20036 
(202) 207-0334 (voice) 
(202) 207-0341 (fax) 
(202) 207-0340 (TTY) 
(877) 525-3400 (toll free) 
ncil@ncil.org (e-mail) 
Represents community-based independent living centers. Provides referral information on services offered by centers, and locates the center closest to an individual.

National Disability Institute (NDI)
1667 K Street, NW, #640
Washington, DC  20006
(202) 296-2043 (office)
(202) 296-2047 (fax)
The National Disability Institute was launched in 2005 and it is committed to building a better economic future for individuals with disabilities and their families.

National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)
900 Second Street, N.E., Suite 211 
Washington, D.C. 20002 
(202) 408-9514 
(202) 408-9521 (TTY) 
(202) 408-9520 (fax) 
info@ndrn.org (e-mail) 
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.

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
200 East Wells Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
410-659-9314 (Phone)
410-685-5653 (fax)
With more than 50,000 members, the National Federation of the Blind is the largest membership organization of blind people in the United States. 

National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS)
1100 New York Ave., NW, Ste. 660 East
Washington, DC  20005
(202) 408-1500 (office)
(202) 408-0696 (fax)
The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now—to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. The Society helps each person address the challenges of living with MS through a 50-state network of chapters. The Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.

National Organization on Disability (NOD)
910 16th Street, N.W., Suite 600 
Washington, D.C. 20006 
(202) 293-5960; (202) 293-5968 (TTY) 
(202) 293-7999 (fax) 
ability@nod.org (e-mail) 
Mobilizes, supports, and involves citizens and groups in working partnerships at local, state, and national levels. Publishes list of liaisons employed by state organizations on disability. Has information hotline.

National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR)
1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW  Suite 709
Washington, DC  20036
(202) 457-7775 (office)
(202) 457-7773 (fax)
Established in 1979, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives is an association of over 4,000 attorneys and other advocates who represent Social Security and Supplemental Security Income claimants.

National Tourette Syndrome Association, Inc. (TSA)
1301 K Street, NW, #600 East
Washington, DC  20005
(202) 408-7009 (phone)
(202) 408-3260 (fax)
Founded in 1972 in Bayside New York, the TSA is the only national voluntary non-profit membership organization in this field.  Its mission is to identify the cause of, find the cure for and control the effects of Tourette Syndrome.  TSA offers resources and referrals to help people and their families cope with the problems that occur with TS.

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)
801 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20006
(202) 872-1300 (office)
(202) 416-7706 (fax)
PVA is a congressionally chartered veterans’ service organization founded in 1946 serving the special needs of veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction.  PVA advocates for quality health care for its members, research and education addressing spinal cord injury and dysfunction, military service benefits, and civil rights.

1001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 235
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 540-9020 (phone)
(202) 540-9019 (fax)
Founded in 1975, TASH advocates for human rights and inclusion for people with significant disabilities and support needs. TASH works to advance inclusive communities through advocacy, research, professional development, policy, and information and resources for parents, families and self-advocates.

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)
1825 K Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20006
202) 776-0406 (office)
(202) 776-0414 (fax)
UCP educates, advocates and provides support services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities.

US Business Leadership Network (USBLN)
1310 Braddock Place, Suite 101
Alexandria, VA  22314
Phone: (800) 706-2710
Fax: (800) 706-1335
The USBLN is a national non-profit, non-partisan business to business network promoting workplaces, marketplaces, and supply chains where people with disabilities are included.

World Institute on Disability 
510 16th Street, Suite 100 
Oakland, CA 94612 
(510) 208-9493 (voice/TTY) 
(510) 763-4109 (fax) 
wid@wid.org (e-mail) 
A cross-disability research, training, and policy development center specializing in telecommunications issues.

Employment-Related Resources

Ability Magazine Jobs Information Business Service
PO Box 10878 
Costa Mesa, CA 92627 
(949) 854-8700 
(949) 548-5966 (fax) 
info@abilityjobs.com (e-mail) 
Publishes magazine for disabled persons. Provides an electronic "classified" system enabling employers to recruit qualified individuals with disabilities, and enabling persons with disabilities to locate employment opportunities.

The Association for Persons in Supported Employment 
1627 Monument Avenue, Room 301 
Richmond, VA 23220 
(804) 278-9187; (804) 278-9377 (fax) 
apse@apse.org (e-mail) 
Helps employers use subsidized "supported-employment" programs by matching persons with severe disabilities to employers. Provides ongoing support for such workers. Has state chapters.

APSE – The Network on Employment (APSE)
451 Hungerford Drive, Ste. 700
Rockville, MD  20850
(414) 581-3032 (office)
(804) 278-9377 (fax)
APSE focuses nationally on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Easter Seals (ES)
1425 K Street, NW, Ste 200
Washington, DC  20005
(202) 347-3066 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (office)
(202) 737-7914 (fax)
Easter Seals annually assists 35,000 people with disabilities and other special needs overcome barriers to employment and continually is developing innovative ways to help individuals achieve greater economic self-sufficiency and be more active in their communities.  

National Center for Disability Services
201 I.U. Willets Road 
Albertson, NY 11507-1599 
(516) 747-5400; (516) 747-5355 (TTY) 
(516) 465-3730 (fax) 
Provides technical assistance to employers on policies and practices for integrating persons with disabilities into the work place. Provides training and placement services for people with disabilities.

Organizations for Persons with Alcohol and Drug Dependence

The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 
P.O. Box 2345, Rockville, MD 20847-2345 
(800) 729-6686; (800) 487-4889 (TTY) 
The clearinghouse responds to requests for information on alcoholism and drug dependency. The technical assistance staff conducts online searches in order to refer callers to appropriate resources and organizations. Most services and publications from the clearinghouse are available at no charge.

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug DependenceInc. (NCADD)
244 E. 58th St. 
4th Floor
New York, NY 10022 
(212) 269-7797 (phone) 
(212) 269-7510 (fax) 
national@ncadd.org (e-mail) 
The National Council focuses on education, prevention, and treatment of affected persons and their families. Has state and local affiliates.