SARTAC – The Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center (SARTAC), a project of SABE (Self Advocates Becoming Empowered), seeks to strengthen the self-advocacy movement by supporting self advocacy organizations to grow in diversity and leadership. SARTAC compiles resources on self-advocacy for the public, and provides trainings and fellowship opportunities to self-advocacy organizations. Learn more at http://selfadvocacyinfo.org.
AASPIRE -The Academic Autistic Spectrum Partnership in Research and Education (AASPIRE) brings together the academic community and the autistic community to develop and perform research projects relevant to the needs of adults on the autistic spectrum. The partnership adheres to the principles of Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR or PAR), whereby researchers and community members serve as equal partners throughout the research process. The special skills, expertise, and perspective that each community offers to the project as a whole is the strength of Community Based Participatory Research. For more information about AASPIRE and its current research projects, please see http://aaspire.org.
CPSD – The Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination (CPSD) is an advocacy network of 10 national disability organizations who have come to pursue modernization of the federal adult system of services and supports for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, so that they can become employed, live independently in an inclusive community, and rise out of poverty. CPSD presumes competence in the ability of all citizens with significant disabilities to work and live independently in integrated settings and to contribute meaningfully to their communities. CPSD believes that that public funds should be focused entirely on helping individuals become self-sufficient, productive members of society, through integrated employment at competitive wages with commensurate benefits: working and living side-by-side with other community members in integrated settings. For more information about CPDS, visit http://thecpsd.org/.
LEAD Center- Led by National Disability Institute with funding from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, the LEAD Center – known formally as the National Center on Leadership for the Employment and Economic Advancement of People with Disabilities (LEAD) – brings together a range of organizations, thought leaders and best-practice innovators to expand policy, employment, leadership and economic advancement opportunities and outcomes for people with disabilities. Learn more about the LEAD Center at http://www.leadcenter.org/.
Modern Medicaid Alliance – The Modern Medicaid Alliance is a partnership between real Americans who value Medicaid and leading advocacy organizations. Together we educate policymakers and the public about the positive benefits and results of Medicaid. The Modern Medicaid Alliance highlights the need for innovations in Medicaid and how the program can improve lives and save money – our goal is to ensure that Medicaid’s best solutions reach as many beneficiaries as possible. Find out more at http://modernmedicaid.org/.
NYTC – The Youth Transitions Collaborative at the National Youth Transition Center (NYTC) is a powerful community of more than 45 organizations that share a common mission: to empower youth and young people with disabilities as they enter adulthood and the world of work. We share the belief that these young people have the ability to succeed, if only they are given the opportunity.Collaborative members provide critical input to the NYTC, helping to shape and direct the Center’s planning, programming and advocacy. Through the Center, Collaborative members also participate in alliances with federal partners. Find out more at http://thenytc.org/aboutcollab.
GWIC – The Greater Washington Internship Coalition (GWIC) is a group of internship programs working to include young people with disabilities based in the greater Washington, DC area. The Coalition is a one-stop opportunity for college students and emerging professionals with disabilities to seek and receive information on unique internship programs for them. It is the goal of the Coalition to substantially increase the number of applicants with disabilities to opportunities. Find internship opportunities and learn more at http://www.gwicinternships.org/.
NDMC- The National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC) works to increase the awareness, quality and impact of mentoring programs for children, youth and adults with disabilities across the country. Coalition goals include expanding mentoring and employment opportunities for people with disabilities. NDMC integrates mentoring into its own operational model to transfer historical knowledge, incorporate reverse mentoring to generate innovation, and develop new opportunities for individuals with disabilities across their lifespan. More information can be accessed at http://www.pyd.org/national-disability-mentoring-coalition.php.
RAISE Center – Resources for Access, Independence, Self-Advocacy and Employment (RAISE) Center works with Parent Training & Information Centers to develop and disseminate information and resources that increase their capacity to serve youth and young adults with disabilities and their families.RAISE works with these centers to improve the quality of family and youth resources, increase access to resources, empower the voices of youth, and improve the lives of people with disabilities. Learn more at http://www.raisecenter.org/.
NCFPP – The National Center for Family/Professional Partnerships (NCFPP) promotes families as partners in the decision-making of healthcare for children and youth with special health care needs at all levels of care.Through a cooperative agreement with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the NCFPP facilitates the work of a community of family leaders through peer mentoring, training and technical assistance, contributes to the evidence base documenting the value of family/professional partnerships and family-centered care, and engages in reciprocal learning and partnership activities with MCHB national centers, grant program, state and local MCHB programs, and other strategic partners. Get more information at http://www.fv-ncfpp.org/.
Advance CLASS – Advance CLASS, Inc. is a national advocacy organization dedicated exclusively to the implementation of a strong and vital long-term services and supports program. Advance CLASS is an independent 501(c)(3) organization, comprised of prominent national organizations who serve the most vulnerable in both the aging and disability communities. This “big tent” group is eager to expand, further, and include a variety of stakeholders including diverse providers of care, and companies who specialize in delivery of crucial services. Find out more at www.advanceclass.org/.
CCD – Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is a Coalition of national consumer, advocacy, provider and professional organizations headquartered in Washington, D.C. Since 1973, the CCD has advocated on behalf of people of all ages with physical and mental disabilities and their families. CCD has worked to achieve federal legislation and regulations that assure that the 54 million children and adults with disabilities are fully integrated into the mainstream of society. CCD envisions an American society in which all individuals, aided by an enabling government, have the freedom and opportunity to exercise individual decisions concerning their own lives, welfare and personal dignity. More information can be accessed at http://www.c-c-d.org/.