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Legislation & Policy

The following organizations focus on legal issues. Click on the name below to go to the organization's web site.

Advocates for Justice and Education

AJE was formed to motivate and educate parents, and those working with parents about the laws that govern special education and related services, and the consequences of institutional negligence and/or inappropriate classification of students with special needs.

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates

COPAA is an independent, nonprofit organization of attorneys, advocates and parents established to improve the quality and quantity of legal assistance for parents of children with disabilities

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund

The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc., (DREDF) is one of the leading national law and policy center in disability civil rights. DREDF was founded in 1979 by a unique alliance of adults with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities.

Etta Israel Center

Founded in 1992, the Etta Israel Center (EIC) is a non-profit, community-based organization committed to raising awareness and sensibility towards people with special needs.

Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health

Provides information, support, and referrals through federation chapters throughout the country. Focuses on the needs of children with broad mental health problems

Mid-Atlantic DBTAC

We provide training, information, and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and accessible information technology (IT) to businesses, consumers, schools, and government agencies within the Mid-Atlantic Region (PA, DE, MD, VA, WV, and DC).

National Center for Latinos with Disabilities

National Center for Latinos with Disabilities is the only not-for-profit statewide organization focusing solely on the empowerment of Latinos with disabilities and their families. NCLD works toward the equal participation of this population in all aspects of society in an independent, productive, and meaningful manner — through unique linguistically and culturally appropriate advocacy, training, information and referral programs.

National Center for Learning Disabilities

The mission of the National Center for Learning Disabilities is to increase opportunities for all individuals with learning disabilities to achieve their potential. NCLD accomplishes its mission by increasing public awareness and understanding of learning disabilities, conducting educational programs and services that promote research-based knowledge, and providing national leadership in shaping public policy.

National Center on Educational Outcomes, University of Minnesota

Provides national leadership in the participation of students with disabilities and limited English proficient (LEP) students in national and state assessments, standards-setting efforts, and graduation requirements.

National Disability Rights Network

Provides literature on legal issues and referrals to federally-mandated programs that advocate for the rights of people with disabilities.

Northwest ADA/IT Center

Working together with designated state affiliates and partners in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, NWADA provides technical assistance, training, and dissemination of information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act and accessible education-based information technology.

Pacific DBTAC

The purpose of the Pacific ADA & IT Center (Pacific DBTAC) is to build a partnership between the disability and business communities and to promote full and unrestricted participation in society for persons with disabilities through education and technical assistance.

PEAK Parent Center

PEAK Parent Center provides training, information, and technical assistance to equip parents with strategies to advocate successfully for their children with disabilities. Some information is available in Spanish.

PRIMERS

The Primers provide background information and resources to facilitate the successful inclusion of students with disabilities in charter schools.

Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities

The Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, Inc (Quality Trust) was created in order to help address issues of quality improvement and systems development identified in the Evans case.

The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People

The Legal Center is an independent public interest non-profit specializing in civil rights and discrimination issues. We protect the human, civil and legal rights of people with mental and physical disabilities, people with HIV, and older people throughout Colorado.

Wrightslaw

Wrightslaw provides reliable, accurate information about No Child Left Behind issues — research based reading instruction, proficiency testing, parent involvement, tutoring and supplemental educational services, highly qualified teachers, transfers from failing schools, and public school choice.