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Disabilities Health and Awareness Information: Legal Rights and Independent Living

American Association of People with Disabilities

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) has been organized to further the independence, productivity, full citizenship and total integration of people with disabilities into society and the natural environment.  Their goal is to remove attitudinal barriers and physical barriers for people with disabilities.   AAPD's goal is accomplished through greater impact on legislation and social awareness efforts with a focus on civil rights, especially regarding ADA.

National Council on Independent Living

The 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. This nonprofit participates in the legislative process, advances a national advocacy agenda, and places value on the disability culture and independent living. 

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. NOD was funded out of a United Nations 1981 proclamation as the year of disabled persons advocating full and equal participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of life.  An example of one initiative was NOD’s Emergency Preparedness Initiative.  This emergency response plan to address needs of people with disabilites in natural and man-made disasters worked with government agencies at all levels to ensure that emergency plans are inclusive and complete. In addition, their site includes key resources and information on employment and transportation.