Advocacy & Support

Academy of Special Needs Planners
260 West Exchange Street
Suite 004
Providence, RI 02903
866-296-5509
Website: http://www.specialneedsplanners.com/aboutus.asp
Email: 
support@specialneedsplanners.com
Providing information on planning for people with special needs as well as access to a network of attorneys focusing their practices on special needs planning.

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)
501 3rd St, NW Suite 200

Washington, DC 20001
202.387.1968 / 800.424.3688
Website: http://www.aamr.org
Email: anam@aaidd.org
The leader in advocating quality of life, and rights for those with intellectual disabilities.

American Association of People with Disabilities
1819 H St NW, Suite 330
Washington, DC 20006
800.840.8844
Website: http://www.aapd.com
Email: aapd@aol.com
The country’s largest cross-disability membership organization, organizes the disability community to be a powerful voice for change – politically, economically, and socially.

American Red Cross
Home Safety for People with Disabilities
Website:  http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/disabilities
Emergencies can happen at a moment’s notice. Mobility problems and hearing, learning, or seeing disabilities can add complication. It is important to plan ahead so you are better prepared for any urgent situation.

The ARC of the United States
1660 L Street, NW, Suite 301
Washington, DC 20036
.202.534.3700 / 800.433.5255
Website: http://www.thearc.org
Email: info@thearc.org
Advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to improve systems of supports and services; connect families; inspire communities and influence public policy.

Center for Parent Information and Resources
Website: http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center
Provides families information about the disability of their child, early intervention (for babies and toddlers), school services (for school-aged children), therapy, local policies, transportation, and much more.

COMPASS
800.692.7462
Website: https://www.compass.state.pa.us/Compass.Web/public/cmphome
An online application for Pennsylvanians to apply for many health and human service programs.

Disability.gov
Website: https://www.disability.gov
A federal government website that provides an interactive, community-driven information network of disability-related programs, services, laws and benefits.

Disability Rights, Education, & Defense Fund (DREDF)
2212 Sixth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
800.348.4232
Website: http://www.dredf.org
Email: info@dredf.org
Advances the civil and human rights of people with disabilities through legal advocacy, training, education, and public policy and legislative development.

Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania (DRN)
The Philadelphia Building
1315 Walnut St., Suite 500
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215.238.8070
Website: http://drnpa.org
Email: drnpa-phila@drnpa.org
Mission is to advance, protect, and advocate for the human, civil, and legal rights of Pennsylvanians with disabilities.

Education Law Center
The Philadelphia Building
1315 Walnut Street, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215.238.6970
Website: http://www.elc-pa.org
Making sure that all children have access to school and school programs; providing families (and those who work with them) reliable, understandable information about education laws and policies; improving schools.

Families of Children Under Stress (FOCUS)
3825 Presidential Parkway, Suite 103
Atlanta, Georgia 30340
770.234.9111
Website: http://www.focus-ga.org
E-mail: inquiry@focus-ga.org
Provides emotional, informational, and physical support to parents of children with disabilities or with ongoing medical needs.

National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
9605 Medical Center Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
240-403-1901
Website: http://www.ffcmh.org/
Email: ffcmh@ffcmh.org
Provide advocacy at the national level for the rights of children and youth with emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges and their families.

Office of Developmental Programs
P.O. Box 2675
Harrisburg PA 17105-2675
800.692.7462
Website: http://www.dhs.pa.gov/learnaboutdhs/dhsorganization/officeofdevelopmentalprograms/
Provides individuals with mental retardation, autism, and their families the services and supports they need and the opportunity to make real choices about living, working and options for social activities to enable them to live in and participate fully in the life of their communities.

PACER Center
8161 Normandale Blvd.
Bloomington, MN 55437
888.248.0822
Website: http://www.pacer.org
Expands opportunities and enhances the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.

Sibling Support Project
6512 23rd Ave NW, #213
Seattle, WA 98117
206.297.6368
Website: http://www.siblingsupport.org
Email: donmeyer@siblingsupport.org
A national effort dedicated to the interests of over six million brothers and sisters of people with special health, mental health, and developmental needs.

Social Security
800.772.1213
Website: http://www.ssa.gov/disability
The largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities.

TASH-Disability Advocacy Worldwide
1025 Vermont Avenue, NW. Suite 300
Washington, DC 20005
202.540.9020
Website: http://www.tash.org
Email: Operations@TASH.org
An international association working to advance inclusive communities through research, education and advocacy. Advocates for human rights and inclusion for people with the most significant disabilities and support needs.

Vision for Equality
The Cast Iron Building
718 Arch St, 6th floor North
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215.923.3349
Website: http://www.visionforequality.org
An advocacy organization that assists and empowers people with disabilities and their families to seek quality and satisfaction in their lives as well as equal access to supports and services.