Disability Advocacy

Advocacy Toolkit for Self-Advocates

This guide is intended to provide tools and advice to self-advocates who are interested in becoming more involved in legislative advocacy to work on policies and laws. 

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities. AAPD will advocate for policies that allow people with disabilities to fully participate in the political process, including ensuring the accessibility of polling locations and through promoting the availability of accessible voting technology.

Disability Rights Tennessee

DRT provides services to people with disabilities across the state with numerous issues, including employment discrimination, safety in schools, abuse and neglect, and access to community resources and services.

Down Syndrome Fact Sheet

Facts and information about Down syndrome

Just Like You

Candid, heartwarming film featuring kids with Down Syndrome sharing their experiences, with a goal of opening hearts and perspectives. 

National PLACE

Empowering families and family-led organizations to advocate for enhanced, meaningful parent involvement and leadership in all policy decision-making that impacts services for children and families

Parent to Parent Tennessee

Statewide program established to provide support, information, services, training and leadership opportunities for families of youth and children with special health care needs.

Partners in Policymaking Leadership Institute

Partners in Policymaking™ is the Council’s free leadership and advocacy training program for adults with disabilities and family members of persons with disabilities.

People First Tennessee

People First Tennessee is a statewide disability rights organization run by and for people with disabilities. Their mission is to provide a means for people with disabilities to air and alleviate their concerns in the areas that affect their lives. People First is governed entirely by people who have disabilities who are elected by their peers.

Preferred Language Guide

Use this language when referring to Down syndrome and people who have Down syndrome.