High-Impact Nonprofits Working with People with Disabilities
recommended by 79 National People with Disabilities experts 11 Top National People with Disabilities Nonprofits at
#1 Special Olympics The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and the community.
#2 The Arc of the US The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.
#3 National Council on Independent Living NCIL is a national membership organization that provides technical assistance and training on issues related to running and operating centers for independent living and federal services available to people with disabilities.
#4 American Association of People with Disabilities The American Association of People with Disabilities has been organized to further the independence, productivity, full citizenship and total integration of people with disabilities into society and the natural environment.
#5 Goodwill Industries Goodwill Industries International enhances the dignity and quality of life of individuals, families and communities by eliminating barriers to opportunity and helping people in need reach their fullest potential through the power of work.
#6 Easter Seals Easter Seals' mission is to provide exceptional services to ensure all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities.
#7 National Federation of the Blind The mission of the National Federation of the Blind is to achieve widespread emotional acceptance and intellectual understanding that the real problem of blindness is not the loss of eyesight but the misconceptions and lack of information which exist. We do this by bringing blind people together to share successes, to support each other in times of failure, and to create imaginative solutions. The ultimate purpose of the National Federation of the Blind is the complete integration of the blind into society on a basis of equality.
#8 National Association of the Deaf The mission of the NAD is to preserve, protect, and promote the civil, human, and linguistic rights of deaf Americans. The advocacy scope of the National Association of the Deaf is broad, covering the breadth of a lifetime and impacting future generations in the areas of early intervention, education, employment, health care, technology, telecommunications, youth development, and more.
#9 Best Buddies To establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
#10 National Organization on Disability The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is a private, non-profit organization that promotes the full participation of America’s 54 million people with disabilities in all aspects of life. In 2006 we narrowed our focus to increasing employment opportunities for the 67 percent of working-age Americans with disabilities who are unemployed. With programs on the ground, we are demonstrating new employment practices and models of service delivery, evaluating results, and sharing successful approaches for widespread replication.
#10 World Institute on Disability The World Institute on Disability works to advance the human and civil rights of people with disabilities through research, training, advocacy and public education. An internationally recognized public policy center organized by and for people with disabilities, WID emphasizes social and economic equity so that disabled children, youth and adults have increased opportunities to live independently as productive and contributing members of society. WID's work is focused in four areas: Employment Policy and Economic Development, Health Access and Long Term Services, Technology Access, and the Global Disability Movement.
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