Advocacy Resources

Learn how to advocate for the advancement of quality supported living and independent living services in California.  These sites will offer you many resources to utilize not only during tough budgetary times, but throughout the year.  Many sites are consumer friendly, and designed for encouraging family advocacy.

    • ADA Basics - A free self-paced web course that explores the legal requirements and the spirit of the ADA and is a project of ADA & IT Assistance Centers.
    • American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) - News, newsletter, resources, personal stories, scholarships and more.
    • California Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities - Topics include Advocacy 101, Parent as Expert, Special Ed Law, Strategies, Getting Help, Yellow Pages, Success Stories.
    • CanDo - A resource for the disability community. Articles about disability rights issues such as accessible housing, attendant services, the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reports from ADAPT. Advocacy Forum lets you post your reactions and opinions.
    • California Disability Community Action Network (CDCAN) - Advocacy Without Borders: Connecting people with disabilities and seniors to rights and unified action.
    • The Center for Peer Networking (CPN) - A program of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) - Serves as the national representative and advocate for state mental health agencies and their directors and supports effective stewardship of state mental health systems.
    • Disability Rights California - We will continue to advocate with and for people with disabilities. We will work together to fight discrimination, promote autonomy and choice, end abuse and neglect, and increase access to programs and services that respect each client and his or her unique needs and culture.
    • Health & Disability Advocates - HDA is a national nonprofit organization that promotes income security and improved health care access for children, people with disabilities, and low-income older adults.
    • Inclusion Daily Express - Worldwide e-mail news service that reports on community inclusion, self-determination and disability rights. Covers employment, advocacy, relationships, inclusive education, laws, family, accessibility, assistive technology and more.
    • Let's Get Together, Inc. - Mark Johnson, disability rights advocate, New Mobility Magazine's 2001 Person of the Year, and 2007 Betts Award Winner, created this new website dedicated to the pioneers of the movement and the people and groups making a difference.
    • National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy - NARPA is dedicated to promoting those policies and pursuing those strategies that represent the preferred options of people who have been labeled mentally disabled.
    • Nonprofit Advocacy - Information on types of advocacy, training and workshop calendar, rules and regulations. budget, advocacy polls, links to leverage outreach capacity.
    • People First of California - People First of California, Inc. is determined to increase personal and economic independence and capabilities; defend civil rights; and eliminate prejudice and discrimination of people with developmental disabilities.
    • PLAN - Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network - Safeguarding the future of people with disabilities. PLAN has released a new book titled "A Good Life" to help families plan for the future of a family member with disabilities.

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