Paths To Transition Advocacy

Advocacy refers to providing full access to human rights and legal rights for all people, including those with disabilities. The resources in this section offer support to help youth who are blind or visually impaired, including those who are deafblind or who have multiple disabilities, to achieve full inclusion in the community.

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) offers resources on advocacy for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Resources are organized into the following categories:

  • Technology
  • Employment and Rehabilitation
  • Education
  • Civil Rights
  • Health
  • Policy Research
The Advocacy and Governmental Affairs staff of ACB (the American Council of the Blind) advocate on a wide variety of issues for people who are blind and visually impaired.  Efforts are focused on issues related to accessibility and health care, with information on legislative action, policy and more.
 
For more information, see: http://www.acb.org/node/10
 

ADDP's mission is to promote and ensure the strength of the community-based provider community and its members so that our members can be successful in improving the quality, access and value of community based services.  To that end, the ADDP is committed to enhancing the political, financial and professional/educational health of member organizations that care for people with disabilities, including developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries, and their families.

For more information see: http://addp.org/

COFAR, Inc. is a statewide nonprofit organization in Massachusetts established in 1983 to advocate on behalf persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, such as autism, and on behalf of their families and guardians.  

For more information see: http://cofar.org/

The Disability Law Center (DLC) is the protection and advocacy agency for people in Massachusetts with disabilities.  Their mission is "to provide legal advocacy on disability issues that promote the fundamental rights of all people with disabilities to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of Massachusetts."

Read more: http://www.dlc-ma.org/

This collection of online resources from Perkins Scout Information Clearinghouse has information on a range of topic related to advocacy, including IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) and disability policy.

Richard Nenno met recently with a group of students with visual impairments to discuss finding a job in a professional workplace.  Nenno, who has a visual impairment, graduated from Harvard Law School and has worked for 32 years for Wilmington Trust as the bank's legal counsel. He encouraged students to follow their passions and "work hard to be an expert in whatever they would like to pursue".  He emphasized the importance of networking and the importance of embracing technology.

To read more, click here.

Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) shares his reflections on attending a White House ceremony where President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  He notes that this law is a significant milestone for youth with disabilities, as it requires that they enter the vocational rehabilitation system, in which they will be trained for and placed in competitive employment, rather than sub-minimum wage jobs, as has been the case in the past.  

In his blog post The Next Steps on the Road to Equal Opportunity: ADA Celebration or Motivation for Action Riccobono reflects on what has been achieved by Americans who are blind, and what barriers remain.

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has a listing of state affiliates in every state as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. To find out more about services and resources in a given area, follow the links.

 

VOR

VOR is a national non-profit organization advocating for high quality care and human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Learn more at: http://www.vor.net/