Partner Agencies & Organizations

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Autistic Self Advocacy Network

A nonprofit organization run by and for Autistic people, Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) was created to serve as a national grassroots disability rights organization for the Autistic community, and does so by advocating for systems change and ensuring that the voices of Autistic people are heard. ASAN’s activities include public policy advocacy, the promotion and cultivation of Autistic culture, and leadership trainings for self-advocates with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It provides information about autism, disability rights, and systems change to the public through a number of different educational, cultural, and advocacy related projects.

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Branch Military PTAC

The Branch Military Parent Technical Assistance Center (MPTAC) is available to help Parent Centers increase their visibility with, and support for, military families within their communities. Its website includes a map with links to military installations in the United States and territories. Resources in the Branch’s library include one-pagers organized by topic areas, such as military courtesies, the Exceptional Family Member Program, TRICARE (military insurance), and much more. The Branch has a quarterly e-newsletter that includes information from Parent Centers, military subject matter experts, and resources.

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Institute for Educational Leadership

The Center for Workforce Development at the Institute for Educational Leadership is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization based in Washington, DC that works to achieve better results for children and youth and manages the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth.

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National Black Disability Coalition

The National Black Disability Coalition works to promote UNITY among Black people with disabilities, our families and our communities; to advance EQUITY within the disability movement and our communities; to foster OPPORTUNITY for Black people with disabilities.

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National Disability Rights Network

The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is the non-profit membership association of protection and advocacy (P&A) and Client Assistance Program (CAP) agencies that are located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the United States Territories. There is also a federally mandated Native American P&A and CAP System. P&A agencies are authorized under various federal statutes to provide legal representation and related advocacy services, and to investigate abuse and neglect of individuals with disabilities in a variety of settings. The P&A System comprises the nation’s largest provider of training and technical assistance, legal support, and legislative advocacy services for persons with disabilities.

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National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health is a national organization that is focused on the issues of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs and their families.

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National Technical Assistance Center on Transition

National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT), formerly known as NSTTAC, is funded by the US Department of Education’s OSEP/RSA (#H326E140004) from January 2015 through December 2019. NTACT assists SEAs, LEAs, State VR agencies, and other VR service providers implement evidence-based and promising practices (EBPPs) to ensure students with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities, stay in school, progress in school, and graduate with knowledge, skills, and supports needed to succeed in post-secondary education and employment.

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Native American Parent Technical Assistance Center

Native American Parent Technical Assistance Center (NAPTAC) provides Parent Centers with the full array of technical assistance (i.e., universal TA, targeted TA, and intensive TA), as described in the next section. The center focuses on providing universal TA to Parent Centers to build their capacity to provide effective and culturally appropriate services to Native American parents of children with disabilities and Native American youth with disabilities. The NAPTAC also provides differentiated, targeted, and intensive TA to Parent Centers requesting additional support to build their capacity.

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Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) under Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) administers grant programs; evaluates, monitors, and reports on vocational rehabilitation services, supported employment, independent living, and other related programs for individuals with disabilities; and coordinates with other agencies, professional organizations, service providers, and organizations of persons with disabilities for the review of program planning, implementation, and monitoring issues.

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TASH

TASH ensures that all individuals have the opportunity to learn, work, and enjoy life amongst a diverse community of family, friends, and colleagues by striving for fully inclusive schools, workplaces, and communities. As a international leader in disability advocacy for 40 years, ensuring this quality of life is accomplished through a collaboration of stakeholders, including self-advocates, family members, educators, researchers, adult service providers, policy makers, and others dedicated to promoting equity, opportunity, and inclusion. TASH has an uncompromising stand that all people have value and that everyone should be able to determine their own lives.

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TransCen Inc.

TransCen Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving educational and employment outcomes for people with disabilities. TransCen’s work is driven by the belief that there is a job for everyone who wants one, regardless of the nature of their disability, or other barriers to employment, their need for workplace support and accommodation, or economic circumstance. TransCen associates develop, implement, and research innovative practices regarding school-to-adult life transition, career and workforce development, and inclusive community participation.