The National Council of Churches Committee on Disabilities is composed of national leaders in the field who are appointed by their denominations and organizations. The Committee represents the top leadership in North America among mainline churches. The Committee meets annually to support one another in their ministry and to work together to achieve mutual goals
American Association of Persons with Disabilities — The largest national nonprofit cross-disability member organization in the United States, dedicated to ensuring economic self-sufficiency and political empowerment for the more than 56 million Americans with disabilities. AAPD works in coalition with other disability organizations for the full implementation and enforcement of disability nondiscrimination laws, particularly the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Community and Congregational Supports includes a variety of activities and projects either led or supported by The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities that encourage congregations to include and support people with disabilities and their families. These include coordination of the New Jersey Coalition on Inclusive Ministries with its quarterly newsletter, access to a resource and video library at The Boggs Center, and a list serv for Coalition members. The Boggs Center is an accredited site for Clinical Pastoral Education and works with seminaries on inclusion of disability issues in seminary courses and training.
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Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers (DBTAC) — a network of ten regional centers around the country funded by The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) to provide information, training, and technical assistance to employers, people with disabilities, and other entities with responsibilities under the ADA. These “one-stop” centers provide comprehensive resource on employment, public accommodations, and communications and work closely with local business, disability, governmental, rehabilitation, and other professional networks.
Disability is Natural — The mission of this website is to encourage new ways of thinking about disability and to help create a society in which all people are valued and included
Faithability: Religion, Spirituality and Disability Resources — an online directory of resources.
Federation for Children with Special Needs is a coalition of groups, organized in 1975, for parents and parent organizations to work together on behalf of children with a variety of disabilities and their families.
Interfaith Disabilities Network — a program of the Atlanta Alliance on Developmental Disabilities whose mission is to build communities of support, acceptance, and opportunity for children, adults, and families living with developmental disabilities.
Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a free consulting service designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities by: 1) providing individualized worksite accommodations solutions, 2) providing technical assistance regarding the ADA and other disability related legislation, and 3) educating callers about self-employment options.
The National Council on Disability (NCD) is an independent federal agency whose overall purpose is to promote policies, programs, practices, and procedures that guarantee equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability; and to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and inclusion and integration into all aspects of society. In its 1986 report Toward Independence, NCD first proposed that Congress should enact a civil rights law for people with disabilities. In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law.
New Mobility Magazine is the leading online resource for Disability Culture and Lifestyle, a tremendous research and communication tool for anyone with an interest in disability issues.
United Nations Enable is the web site with up-to-date reports on the deliberations of the Ad Hoc Committee that has been assembled to draft an international convention to promote and protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities. The rights of individuals with disabilities are grounded in a broad human rights framework based on the United Nations Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, international covenants on human rights and related and other human rights instruments. But until the General Assembly resolution 56/168 of December 19, 2001 established an Ad Hoc Committee “to consider proposals for a comprehensive and integral international convention…” there has been no instrument that specifically deals with the rights of people with disabilities.
The First Session of the Ad Hoc Committee took place from July 29 to August 9, 2002. There have been several meetings, each lasting a week to 10 days, since then. The Ad Hoc Committee will continue its work at its Sixth Session in New York, from 1 to 12 August, 2005.
World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network (EDAN) is a project of the WCC – Justice, Peace and Creation Team. The primary objective of EDAN is to support the work of individuals, churches and non-church organizations concerned with the issues affecting disabled people globally. The goal is to build a stronger network of people with disabilities, and increase efforts by the churches to improve the situation of people with disabilities by providing the space for their contributions and gifts to the ecumenical movement and the churches.
The World Institute on Disability (WID) is a nonprofit research, public policy and advocacy center dedicated to promoting the civil rights and full societal inclusion of people with disabilities. WID’s work focuses on four areas: employment and economic development; accessible health care and Personal Assistance Services; inclusive technology design; and international disability and development.