Ranked Nonprofits: National People with Disabilities 2013

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"When you have a disability, knowing that you are not defined by it is the sweetest feeling." -Anne Wafula Strike
"When you have a disability, knowing that you are not defined by it is the sweetest feeling." -Anne Wafula Strike

The Cause: Collectively, people with disabilities constitute the nation’s largest minority group, and the only minority group of which any of us can become a member at any time (Disability Funders Network). What’s more, people with disabilities are among the most marginalized groups in the world.

The Scope: Experts were asked to recommend nonprofits that support people with any of the following: developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, mental disabilities, blindness and deafness. Types of nonprofits might include research, advocacy, legislative, education, or direct services. Nonprofits considered in this research might provide the following types of services: transportation, health care, housing, employment, and other services. You can read more about the scope of the research here.


74 National People with Disabilities experts recommended the following 16 outstanding nonprofits.
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Top Nonprofit Mission
1 Medal-small-2013 The Arc
The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.
2 Medal-small-2013 March of Dimes
March of Dimes helps moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies.
3 Medal-small-2013 Special Olympics
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
4 Medal-small-2013 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
The mission of NAMI is to provide you with the technical assistance, tools and referrals to resources you need to build organizational capacity and achieve the goals of the NAMI Standards of Excellence.
4 Medal-small-2013 United Cerebral Palsy
UCP educates, advocates and provides support services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities. UCP works to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network that has helped millions.
5 Medal-small-2013 National Council on Independent Living
As a membership organization, NCIL advances independent living and the rights of people with disabilities through consumer-driven advocacy.
6 Medal-small-2013 Autistic Self Advocacy Network
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement with regard to autism. Drawing on the principles of the cross-disability community, ASAN seeks to organize the community of Autistic adults and youth to have our voices heard in the national conversation about us. ASAN believes that the goal of autism advocacy should be a world in which Autistic people enjoy the same access, rights, and opportunities as all other citizens. We hope to empower Autistic people across the world to take control of our own lives and the future of our common community. Nothing About Us, Without Us!
7 Medal-small-2013 American Association of People with Disabilities
The American Association of People with Disabilities is the nation's largest disability rights organization. We promote equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities. Our members, including people with disabilities and our family, friends, and supporters, represent a powerful force for change.
8 Medal-small-2013 Alzheimer's Association
The mission of the Alzheimer's Association is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's.
9 Medal-small-2013 Disability Rights International
Disability Rights International is dedicated to promoting the human rights and full participation in society of people with disabilities worldwide.
9 Medal-small-2013 National Association of the Deaf
The mission of the National Association of the Deaf is to preserve, protect and promote the civil, human and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States of America.
10 Medal-small-2013 United States International Council on Disabilities
United States International Council on Disabilities is to promote the rights and full participation of persons with disabilities through global engagement and United States foreign affairs.
11 Medal-small-2013 Autism Speaks
At Autism Speaks, our goal is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders.
12 Medal-small-2013 Access Living
Access Living is a cross-disability organization governed and staffed by a majority of people with disabilities.
12 Medal-small-2013 Reeve Foundation
The Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.
13 Medal-small-2013 National Center for Learning Disabilities
The mission of the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) is to improve the lives of all people with learning and attention issues by empowering parents, enabling young adults, transforming schools, and creating policy and advocacy impact. We envision a society in which every individual possesses the academic, social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work and in life.


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