The American Association of People with Disabilities
The American Association of People with Disabilities works to increase the political and economic power of people with disabilities.
As a national disability-led and cross-disability rights organization, AAPD advocates for full civil rights for over 60 million Americans with disabilities. We do this by promoting equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation.
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AAPD is a Convener
Justin Dart, father of the ADA and one of the founders of AAPD, often called for solidarity among all who love justice and equality. The disability community is massive and incredibly diverse. AAPD is a cross-disability organization that builds relationships, trust, and unity through convening open, honest conversations.
AAPD is a Connector
Disability is a natural part of the human experience that influences all of us. AAPD connects the disability community with allies, businesses, schools, and the community at large, amplifying a powerful voice for change.
AAPD is a Catalyst
Like champions of justice before us have proven, seemingly small actions lead to significant transformation. AAPD is an action-oriented catalyst for change, igniting sparks that ignite extraordinary results.
AAPD advocates for policy issues that improve the lives of people with disabilities and advance the collective power of the disability rights movement.
AAPD leads on research, coalition-building, business, and leadership initiatives aimed at increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities.
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Learning and Career Development
AAPD supports people with disabilities in building the futures we all hope to achieve through our learning and career development programs.