National Disability Resources

Below, find other organizations that specialize in helping those with a disability.

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc.

DREDF is a national law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities through legislation, litigation, advocacy, technical assistance, and education and training of attorneys, advocates, persons with disabilities, and parents of children with disabilities. Call 510-644-2555.

National Dissemination Center for Children & Youth With Disabilities

NICHY is the national information and referral center that provides information on disabilities and disability related issues for families, educators and professionals with its primary focus on children and youth. Call 800-695-0285.

National Disability Rights Network

NDRN is a federally mandated system in each state and territory that protects the rights of persons with disabilities through advocacy. Call 202-408-9514.

TA Alliance for Parents Centers

This Web site provides information on parent centers in each state that provide training and information to parents of infants, toddlers, school-aged children, and young adults with disabilities and the professionals who work with their families.

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates

COPAA is an independent, nonprofit organization of attorneys, advocates, and parents established to improve the quality and quantity of legal assistance for parents of children with disabilities.

U.S. Department of Education/Office of Civil Rights

OCR is a division of the US Department of Education responsible for resolving complaints of discrimination under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. OCR works to ensure equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through enforcement of civil rights. Call 800-421-3481. Ask for the OCR pamphlet on how rights of students with hidden disabilities are protected against discrimination by Federal Law.

U.S. Department of Education/Office of Special Education Programs

OSEP is a component of the Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), a division of the US Department of Education. OSEP is responsible for the administration of programs and projects relating to the free appropriate public education of all children, youth and adults with disabilities, from birth to age 21, under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Call 202-205-5507.

U.S. Department of Justice

DOJ provides materials and assistance regarding discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act in programs, services, and activities of state and local government or violations in public accommodations. Call 800-514-0301.

American Bar Association

The ABA can help recommend attorneys in your area and may also be able to help find free legal assistance. Call 800-285-2221 for details.

Information offered through the University at Albany State University of New York, Disability Resource Center

An Overview of ADA, IDEA, and Section 504

  • Last Reviewed: September 20, 2013
  • Last Edited: October 30, 2013