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Education is the cornerstone of realizing the ADA’s goals of full participation, independent living, economic self-sufficiency, and equal opportunity. AAPD is committed to promoting access to education from preschool through post-graduate work. We take a comprehensive approach to educational access, including advocacy, partnerships with educational institutions, and programs designed to break down barriers to education.

Legislation and Policy

Access to education requires thoughtful, robust engagement in policy. AAPD works with a broad coalition that includes civil rights groups, educators to promote education policy that benefits students with disabilities. Learn more.

Higher Education Project

AAPD’s Higher Education Project promotes accessibility and inclusion in higher education; partners with institutions of higher learning to improve educational opportunities for students with disabilities; and works with students and professionals to foster peer networks and create access to resources. Learn more.

Safe Schools

Students with disabilities are bullied and harassed at a much higher rate than their peers. A recent study by the National Center for Education Statistics indicates that, in reality, up to 85 percent of students with disabilities experience bullying. Students cannot be expected to learn in an environment of fear. To promote access to educational opportunity, AAPD works to make schools safer places for students. Learn more.


AAPD seeks to make higher education affordable for all individuals with disabilities.  AAPD is working with NBCUniversal to promote access to higher education by helping to eliminate the funding barriers people with disabilities face when seeking higher education.  Learn More.

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AAPD Principles and Policy Priorities

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, is a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to enrolled patrons. People may be eligible for the program if they are blind, have a visual disability that prevents them from reading regular print, or have a physical disability that keeps them from being able to hold a book. For more information, visit

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Promoting equal opportunity, economic power, independent living and political participation for people with disabilities.

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