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This department lists self-advocacy organizations: groups run by and for persons with developmental and other disabilities.

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Books, Publications & Reports (printed and/or online)
This is a web-based news magazine published by the Saskatchewan Association for Community Living
Envisioning the Future: Allies in Self-Advocacy
This report has ideas to help self-advocacy grow all around the United States. You can read it online.
Grant Writing and Grant Management Tool Kit
This toolkit is designed to help self-advocacy organizations apply for grants. It is available online.
Self-Advocates Bill of Rights
These are 26 rights that all self-advocates have.
Electronic Media (Videos, CDs, T.V., Radio, Websites, etc.)
Advocates in Action
This website has a lots of free learning resources to download. It is from Rhode Island's Statewide Self-Advocacy organization.
A social networking website of people who have disabilities.
Self Advocacy in Action
This T.V. show is written and directed by self-advocates who live in New York. You can watch it on YouTube.
World Institute on Disability
An internationally recognized public policy center organized by and for people with disabilities. WIDís programs address employment, economic development and financial stability issues.
This website was created by self-advocates living in British Columbia. It has cool networking features that people from around the world can use to share their ideas.
Organizations, Programs, and Projects
Advocating Change Together
ACT is a self-advocacy organization run by and for persons with developmental and other disabilities.
Autism Now
This national resource center focuses on Autism.
Break Through Inc.
This organization provides training on sensitivity towards persons with disabilities. It is led by Ben Anderson, a person who has cerebral palsy.
Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition
This self-advocacy organization is led by people with all types of disabilities.
CUNY Coalition for Students with Disabilities
This is a student organization at the City Universities of New York. They work both on campus and off to educate people about disabilities.
DAWN - DisAbled Women's Network of Canada
This is a progressive, volunteer-driven, feminist organization dedicated to the advancement of equality rights of women with disAbilities.
Kids As Self Advocates (KASA)
This is a national, grassroots network of youth with special healthcare needs.
Mobility International USA
This organization helps people with disabilities get involved in studying and/or volunteering in countries around the world. It places special emphasis on empowering women who have disabilities.
New American Movement for People with Disabilities
This self-advocacy organization works on issues that affect everyone around the United States. It is located in New Jersey.
Northamptonshire People First
This self-advocacy organization is in Central England
Not Dead Yet
This group of disability activists is opposed to the legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia.
Oklahoma People First, Inc.
This is the statewide self-advocacy organization for Oklahoma.
People First of Wisconsin
This is the state Self-Advocacy Organization for Wisconsin
People First and ALLY Toastmasters of Northern Virginia
This is a self-advocacy organization for people with disabilities
People First of California, Inc.
Statewide self-advocacy organization in California
People First of Connecticut
This is the statewide self-advocacy organization in the state of Connecticut.
People First of Nebraska, Inc.
This is the state wide self-advocacy organization for Nebraska.
People First of New Hampshire
This organization is directed by people with disabilities who advocate for themselves and for others with disabilities.
People First of West Virginia
This is a statewide organization led by self-advocates. Their website has a lot of resources that work for all self-advocacy groups.
People On the Go of Maryland
This is a statewide self-advocacy and leadership group in Maryland.
Self Advocacy Group Powerhouse
This self-advocacy group is located in Massachusetts. It helps people learn skills and gain knowledge.
Self Advocate Coalition of Kansas (SACK)
An advocacy group in Kansas made up of adults with developmental disabilities. They help people speak up for themselves to have the highest possible level of independence.
Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE)
Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) is the national self-advocacy organization.
Shoot Your Mouth Off
This company makes films about issues important to self-advocates, and the actors are the people with disabilities who wrote the scripts. It is located in the United Kingdom.
Tennessee Disability Coalition
This alliance of advocacy organizations promotes the full and equal participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of life.
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
An organization that advocates for equal opportunities and rights for people with disabilities.
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network
This agency provides support and services to people with autism. It also advocates for community change and is run by and for people with autism.
The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)
A national organization run by and for people with disabilities. It works to advance independent living and the rights of people with disabilities in the United States.
The New Jersey Self-Advocacy Project
This is a statewide self-advocacy initiative in New Jersey.
The Self-Advocacy Association of New York State, Inc.
The Self-Advocacy Association of New York State, Inc. is a strong voice for and by people with disabilities.
We Care A Lot Foundation
This Northern California organization offers many programs to help people with disabilities live good lives in the community. Some of their programs are led by self-advocates.
World Institute on Disability
An internationally recognized public policy center organized by and for people with disabilities. WIDís programs address employment, economic development and financial stability issues.
Youth Organizing! Disabled & Proud
A program that connects, organizes and educates youth with disabilities.
People Who Can Help
Mary Kay Kennedy
Mary Kay Kennedy has been responsible for the development of self-advocacy curricula, innovative outreach approaches, and effective community organizing workshops. She has been successful at helping groups build individual and collective leadership on...
Mike Green
Mike works from a citizen-centered perspective with local people at the center. The focus is on two organizing questions: organizing local citizens and their allies to mobilize their local resources to work together to solve problems, and how agencies ...
Ruthie Beckwith
Ruthie-Marie Beckwith, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Tennessee Microboards Association, Inc. a statewide non-governmental organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities self-manage their services and supports. Prior to developing ...
Steve Holmes
I am the director of the Self-Advocacy Associations of New York State, and have been for the last 12 years. I have worked with and for people with developmental disabilities since 1969 when I was an attendant at a state institution--yes it was a horr...

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