Disability Rights and Advocacy

Couple doing research on a tablet computerA select listing of web sites offering information on disability rights and legal issues.

The Advocacy Institute is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to the development of products, projects and services that work to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE) provides information and resources for families and advocates about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997 (IDEA) and promising practices, including fact sheets on many aspects of special education in several languages.

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) is an independent, nonprofit, tax-exempt 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, Inc. (DREDF) is a national law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities through legislation, litigation, advocacy, technical assistance, and education and training of attorneys, advocates, persons with disabilities, and parents of children with disabilities.

The IDEA Partnership is dedicated to improving outcomes for students and youth with disabilities by joining state agencies and stakeholders through shared work and learning.

Matt Cohen’s Special Education, Disability and Human Services Law E-Newsletter is devoted to sharing information about special education, disability rights, mental health and human services law that is of importance to people with disabilities, their families, and the professionals that work with them.

National Disability Rights Network is the nonprofit, voluntary membership association for the P&A and CAP agencies. Collectively, the network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.

Wrightslaw offers accurate, up-to-date information about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities, a newsletter and several helpful publications.