Advocacy and Affinity Links

If you are looking for information, resources, camaraderie, or ways to get involved in the community, you may find a place to start below. The WSRC is providing these links for the convenience of our visitors rather than as an endorsement of any political perspective or advocacy agenda.

General Information

Washington Information Network   2-1-1

The Washington Information Network 2-1-1 (WIN 211) is a coalition of existing local providers of information and referral services and local United Ways from every region of the state. The WIN database contains thousands of health and human service providers, representing more than ten thousand sites and close to twenty thousand local services available throughout Washington. One can access 2-1-1 Community Resources Database by clicking the link below - Or you can dial toll free 1-877-211-WASH (9274). Those who are Deaf or hard of hearing may benefit from using Washington State Relay Service (7-1-1) when telephoning.
http://www.win211.org

National Cross Disability Affinity or Advocacy Groups

American Association for People with Disabilities

The mission of mission of the American Association for People with Disabilities is to organize the disability community to be a powerful force for change-politically, economically, and socially. We have chartered a new course and are looking for excellent leaders who embrace our mission and will help us achieve it. 
http://aapd.com

National Council on Disability

The mission of the National Council on Disability is to promote the full inclusion, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency of people with disabilities of all ages and backgrounds by providing advice, analysis, and recommendations on disability policy to the President, Congress, and other federal agencies.
http://www.ncd.gov/

National Council on Independent Living

As a membership organization, NCIL advances independent living and the rights of people with disabilities through consumer-driven advocacy. NCIL envisions a world in which people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully.
http://www.ncil.org/
To locate the local Center for Independent Living nearest you, please navigate back to the “Other Associated Partners” tab and page down.

Disability Rights in Education Defense Fund

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.
http://www.dredf.org

National Network for Disability Rights

The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Collectively, the P&A/CAP network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.
http://www.ndrn.org/

Disability Rights Washington is the Washington State based private not-for-profit organization that is affiliated with NNDR. Disability Rights Washington can be contacted at: http://www.disabilityrightswa.org/

Advocacy Groups Focusing on Interests of People who are Blind or who have Low Vision

The American Council of the Blind

The American  Council of the Blind   strives to improve the well-being of all blind and visually impaired people by: serving as a representative national organization of blind people; elevating the social, economic and cultural levels of blind people; improving educational and rehabilitation facilities and opportunities; cooperating with the public and private institutions and organizations concerned with blind services; encouraging and assisting all blind persons to develop their abilities and conducting a public education program to promote greater understanding of blindness and the capabilities of blind people.
http://www.acb.org/

National Federation of the Blind

The mission of the National Federation of the Blind is to achieve widespread emotional acceptance and intellectual understanding that the real problem of blindness is not the loss of eyesight but the misconceptions and lack of information which exist. We do this by bringing blind people together to share successes, to support each other in times of failure, and to create imaginative solutions.
http://www.nfb.org

Advocacy Groups Focusing on Interests of People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Hearing Loss Association of Washington (HLA-WA)

The Hearing Loss Association of Washington seeks to open the world of communications to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, support and advocacy.Our Mission: To improve living conditions and assure access for people with hearing loss. Our Vision: All aspects of life will be accessible to people with hearing loss. HLA-WA is affiliated with the Hearing Loss Association of America and is the nation's largest organization for people with hearing loss.
http://www.hearingloss-wa.org

National Association of the Deaf

The mission of the National Association of the Deaf is to preserve, protect and promote the civil, human and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.
http://www.nad.org/

Advocacy Groups Focusing on Interests of People who have Developmental Disabilities

The ARC of the United States

The Arc of the United States advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Together with our network of members and affiliated chapters, we improve systems of supports and services; connect families; inspire communities and influence public policy.
http://www.thearc.org/

The ARC of Washington State can be reached by visiting: http://www.arcwa.org/

People First of Washington

In 1981 People First of Washington was founded to support people with developmental disabilities to strengthen and refine their leadership and advocacy skills.
http://www.peoplefirstofwashington.org/

Advocacy Groups Focusing on Interests of People who have Psychiatric Disabilities

National Alliance of the Mentally Ill

NAMI recognizes that the key concepts of recovery, resiliency and support are essential to improving the wellness and quality of life of all persons affected by mental illness. Mental illnesses should not be an obstacle to a full and meaningful life for persons who live with them. NAMI will advocate at all levels to ensure that all persons affected by mental illness receive the services that they need and deserve, in a timely fashion.
www.nami.org

NAMI of Greater Seattle can be reached at: http://www.nami-greaterseattle.org/

Advocacy Groups for People who have Traumatic Brain Injury

Brain Injury Association of America

The mission of The Brain Injury Association of America is: Creating a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education and advocacy.
http://www.biausa.org/

The Brain Injury Association of Washington can be reached at: http://www.braininjurywa.org/

Advocacy Groups Focusing on the Interests of People with Learning Disabilities

The Learning Disabilities Association of America

LDA's mission is to create opportunities for success for all individuals affected by learning disabilities and to reduce the incidence of learning disabilities in future generations.
http://www.ldanatl.org/

The Learning Disabilities Association of Washington can be found at: http://www.ldawa.org/

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