ADVOCACY

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  • The Advocacy ATLAS is a toolkit created by Genetic Alliance, Parent to Parent USA, and Family Voices that provides individuals with special healthcare needs and their families with tools and strategies to advocate for whatever they may need. Resources are grouped by category on the Advocacy ATLAS landing page. www.geneticalliance.org/advocacy-atlas
  • The Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP) is part of the nationwide federally mandated protection and advocacy (P&A) system. ADAP’s mission is to provide quality, legally based advocacy services to Alabamians with disabilities in order to protect, promote and expand their rights. ADAP’s vision is one of a society where persons with disabilities are valued and exercise self-determination through meaningful choices, and have equality of opportunity. ADAP Box 870395, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487-0395 1-205-348-4928(V/TDD) 1-205-348-3909 (FAX) 1-800-826-1675 (for clients – instate only) ADAP@adap.ua.edu (email) http://www.adap.net
  • AL DAN (Alabama Disability Advocacy Network) is a grassroots cross-disAbility coalition for networking and advocacy education. AL DAN’s purpose is to serve as an umbrella organization bringing the many advocating bodies together to create true systems change for the state as it relates to issues affecting those with disabilities.  Find out more about this important work at aladan.org.
  • The Alabama Parent Education Center (APEC) is a non-profit 501c3, organized in 2002 by Alabama parents, educators, and professionals serving families. APEC provides services and supports to assist families particularly those underserved including minority, low-income, and those with children with disabilities.  10520 US Highway 231 Wetumpka, AL 36092, (334) 567-2252, (866) 532-7660 Toll Free in Alabama, apec@alabamaparentcenter.com alabamaparentcenter.com
  • The American Association of People with DisAbilities (AAPD) is a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disAbilities.  www.aapd.com  
  • AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) The ADA guarantees that people with disAbilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life — to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local government programs and services. www.ada.gov   800-514-0301
  • Disability Rights and Resources seeks to equip people with disAbilities with the resources and tools needed to be independent and connected within the community. Their goal is to help people make decisions for themselves and to change the community’s perception of people with disAbilities. They are a partner of The United Way of Central Alabama. (205) 251-2223 http://drradvocates.org.
  • Family Voices of Alabama (FV of AL) aims to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities. Through our national network, we provide families tools to make informed decisions, advocate for improved public and private policies, build partnerships among professionals and families, and serve as a trusted resource on health care. 1050 Government Street, Mobile, AL 36604-2402, 877-771-3862 info@familyvoicesal.org     familyvoicesal.org
  • To Find Your Legislator visit legislature.state.al.us/misc/zipsearch.html and find the search box to the left, enter your ZIP Code and click the search button. If you live in a split district (with more than one legislator), you will need to use your nine-digit ZIP Code (ZIP+4). If you don’t know it, you will have the opportunity to enter your address to determine your legislators after clicking the search button.
  • Partners in Policymaking is a state of the art leadership program for people with disAbilities and parents of young people with disAbilities. It is a fantastic program which can help empower the lives of both individuals with disAbilities and their families. www.partnersinpolicymaking.com
  • People First of Alabama is a group of people with developmental disabilities living in Alabama communities dedicated to making our dreams happen by having choices and control over our lives. This means having opportunities to make decisions and plans for ourselves instead of having others make them for us. https://peoplefirstofalabama.wordpress.com
  • Wrightslaw Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities. wrightslaw.com