Cultural Institute

The Google Cultural Institute is an effort to make important cultural material available and accessible to everyone and to digitally preserve it to educate and inspire future generations. AAPD partnered with Google to create an exhibit in the Cultural Institute dedicated to the history of the disability rights movement.

Visit the Disability Rights Movement Exhibit in Google’s Cultural Institute


Below is a list of resources on various issues and topics as they intersect with disability.


Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications, and governmental activities.


ADA National Network
The ADA National Network through its ten regional ADA Centers across the United States provide information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), tailored to meet the needs of business, government and individuals at local, regional and national levels.
Phone: 1-800-949-4232
The site connects people with disabilities, their families and caregivers to helpful resources on topics such as how to apply for disability benefits, find a job, get health care or pay for accessible housing. You can also find organizations in your community to help you get the support you need.


Discrimination Charges and Complaints





Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a membership organization that supports and promotes a national network of university-based interdisciplinary programs which serve as a bridge between the university and the community, bringing together the resources of both to achieve meaningful change.
Phone: 301-588-8252 | Email:


Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT)
The DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities through technology and education. It promotes awareness and accessibility—in both the classroom and the workplace—to maximize the potential of individuals with disabilities and make our communities more vibrant, diverse, and inclusive.
Phone: 206-685-DOIT (3648) (voice/TTY) | 888-972-DOIT (3648) (toll free voice/TTY) | Email:


Education Grants and Scholarships for Students with Disabilities
Nearly every prospective college student will need some form of financial assistance when it comes to covering tuition costs. Whether it be a federal grant, a university scholarship, or a private education loan very few students pay their way through college entirely out of their own pockets.




National Center on Workforce and Disability (NCWD)
The National Center on Workforce and Disability/Adult (NCWD) provides training, technical assistance, policy analysis, and information to improve access for all in the workforce development system.


NCWD/Youth (National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability)
NCWD/Youth is your source for information about employment and youth with disabilities. Our partners — experts in disability, education, employment, and workforce development — strive to ensure you will be provided with the highest quality, most relevant information available.
Phone: 877-871-0744 (Toll Free) | TTY: 877-871-0665 (Toll Free)


Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.




NCIL Policy on Housing & Transportation: Overview
NCIL supports initiatives to increase accessible, affordable, healthy / nontoxic, decent, safe, and integrated housing.


Disability Housing Network
As a state-wide member-driven organization, Disability Housing Network’s mission is to promote best practices in the development, management and sustainability of an array of housing options for individuals with developmental disabilities.’s Guide to Housing
This guide has information about government agencies and organizations that can help you find an affordable place to live. You’ll also find information about rental assistance programs, assisted living facilities and modifying your home to make it accessible.


Discrimination Charges and Complaints


Mass Incarceration, Institutionalization, & Criminal Justice Reform


AVID Prison Project
The AVID Prison Project is an initiative from Disability Rights Washington.  The project focuses on programmatic accessibility in state prisons, so how inmates can have access to programming under the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf (HEARD)
Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf (HEARD), is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that promotes equal access to legal system for individuals who are deaf and for people with disabilities.
Online contact form:


National Center on Criminal Justice & Disability (NCCJD)
The Arc’s NCCJD will serve as a national clearinghouse for information and training on the topic of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) as victims, witnesses and suspects or offenders of crime.


Disabled Behind Bars
People with disabilities are thus dramatically over-represented in the nation’s prisons and jails today. This 2016 report from the Center for American Progress examines the mass incarceration of people with disabilities.


American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. The ACLU strives for an America free of discrimination against people with disabilities, where people with disabilities are valued, integrated members of society who have full access to education, homes, health care, jobs, and families. We are also committed to ensuring people with disabilities are no longer segregated into, and over-represented in, civil and criminal institutions such as nursing homes, psychiatric hospitals, jails, and prisons.
Phone: 212-549-2500 | Find your local ACLU affiliate office




The Looking Glass (TLG)
TLG provides direct services, information and referral to a diverse group of parents with disabilities and their families. These include parents with physical and visual disabilities, deaf parents, parents with intellectual disabilities, and parents with diverse medical conditions. Direct services are available primarily to local parents residing in the San Francisco Bay Area.  For families outside the Bay Area, TLG offers a number of services through its National Center on Parents with Disabilities and their Families.  Please see a more detailed description of the National Center at The National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families.


Support for Families of Children with Disabilities
Since 1982, Support for Families of Children with Disabilities has offered information, education, and parent-to-parent support free of charge to families and professionals of children with any kind of disability or special health care need in San Francisco.
Phone: 510-848-1112 | Toll Free: 800-644-2666 | TTY: 800-804-1616 | Email:


Disabled Parenting Project
The Disabled Parenting Project (DPP) is an online space for sharing experiences, advice, and conversations among disabled parents as well as those considering parenthood. The DPP also serves as an information clearinghouse and interactive space for discussion and connection.




The Abilities Fund
The Abilities Fund is the first nationwide nonprofit community developer and financial institution focused exclusively on expanding entrepreneurial opportunities, including access to capital, for people with disabilities. We do this by providing a unique combination of financial products, training, technical assistance services and advisory supports to individuals with disabilities.
Phone: 641-437-0505 | Toll-Free Number: 844-620-5909 | Email:


Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity
Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity: The Source for News, Ideas and Action is a non-partisan initiative that brings together diverse perspectives from the political, policy, advocacy and foundation communities to find genuine solutions to the economic hardship confronting millions of Americans. Through the ongoing exchange of ideas, research and data, Spotlight seeks to inform the policy debate about reducing poverty and increasing opportunity in the United States.
Email: Jodie Levin-Epstein,


Sexual and Domestic Violence


Center for Research on Women with Disabilities (CROWD)
The mission of the Center for Research on Women with Disabilities, also known as CROWD, is to promote, develop, and disseminate information to improve the health and expand the life choices of women with disabilities.
Phone: (832) 819-0232 | Email:


Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services (ADWAS)
Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services empowers Deaf and DeafBlind survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and harassment to transform their lives, while striving to change the beliefs and behaviors that foster and perpetuate violence. We provide comprehensive services to individuals and families, community education, and advocacy on systems and policy issues.
Phone: (206) 922-7088 VP | National Hotline: 1-855-812-1001 | Email:


Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline in partnership with more than 1,100 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.
Phone: 202-544-1034 | Email:


The National Sexual Assault Hotline
Call 800-656-HOPE (4673) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area. For anonymous, confidential help, 24/7, please call The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) | 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).




The NFB Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Access to Education, Public Information, and Commerce (CENA)
The CENA serves to share the considerable knowledge that the NFB and its partners have of web accessibility and access technology in order to bring about greater accessibility in government, education, and business; to promote best practices nationally; and to build Maryland’s status as leader in the field.
Phone: 410-659-9314


United States Access Board
The U.S. Access Board is a federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities through leadership in accessible design and the development of accessibility guidelines and standards for the built environment, transportation, communication, medical diagnostic equipment, and information technology.




Transportation Equity Caucus
Through a coalition of partner organizations, the Transportation Equity Caucus is charting a new course for our nation to ensure all people can participate and prosper. It is informed by principles that advance economic and social equity.


Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) – Rural Transportation
Decades after the advent of the independent living and disability rights movements, transportation remains the number one issue for people with disabilities living in rural areas. “All” public transportation should be accessible to “All” users, “All” the time. Systems designed to meet the transit needs of people with disabilities will meet the needs of all transit users.




REV UP Campaign
The REV UP Campaign aims to increase the political power of the disability community while also engaging candidates and the media on disability issues. REV UP stands for Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power!


Election Assistance Commission – Voting Accessibility
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) was established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). EAC is an independent, bipartisan commission charged with developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, and serving as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration.


#CripTheVote is a nonpartisan campaign to engage both voters and politicians in a productive discussion about disability issues in the United States, with the hope that Disability takes on greater prominence within the American political landscape.


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