Self-Advocacy Groups and Resources

Check out the presentation that the team of Iowa self-advocates gave at the Envisioning the Future: Allies in Self-Advocacy Summit.

Self Advocates Becoming Empowered

Self Advocates Becoming Empowered

The self advocacy organization of the United States." Founded in 1990, the organization works for the full inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in the community.

American Association of People with Disabilities

American Association of People with Disabilities

AAPD is the nation's largest cross-disability organization. AAPD promotes equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities.

Iowa Youth Leadership Forum (YFL)

Iowa Youth Leadership Forum (YFL)

The Division of Persons with Disabilities in partnership with the Department for the Blind and Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services is sponsoring a leadership training program for students with disabilities.

The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN)

The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN)

ASAN seeks to organize the community of adults with Autism  to have our voices heard in the national conversation. ASAN believes that the goal of autism advocacy should be a world in which people with Autism enjoy the same access, rights, and opportunities

as all other citizens.  

Kids As Self Advocates (KASA)

Kids As Self Advocates (KASA)

A national, grassroots project created by youth with disabilities for youth. We are teens and young adults with disabilities speaking out. KASA knows youth can make choices and advocate for themselves if they have the information and support they need. 

The Center for Self-Determination

The Center for Self-Determination

 A non-profit organization, established in 2000, operating as the primary clearinghouse, training and technical assistance source on Self-Determination. The Center is devoted to working within the public and private sector to move power and authority over resources directly to individuals with disabilities, families and allies.  

The Council on Quality and Leadership

The Council on Quality and Leadership

The CQL works with human service organizations to improve the quality of life for all people.  

Talking to Your Legislators

Talking to Your Legislators


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