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The Arc of Northern Virginia

Provides effective advocacy and indispensible direct services for families, children, and adults living with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Arc of Southern Maryland

Promotes community involvement, independence, and personal success for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Southern Maryland.

The Arc of the District of Columbia - Advocacy and Public Policy
415 Michigan Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20017
202-636-2950 (voice)

 The Arc of DC's advocacy and community supports promote public policy initiatives, family empowerment, and self actualization for District residents with intellectual disabilities. By advancing new policies, programs, and laws, we help persons with disabilities obtain greater independence and help ensure they have the opportunity to live, work, and play alongside their neighbors as valued members of the Washington, DC community.

Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)
PO Box 66122 , Washington , DC 20035

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 in policy debates and the halls of power while working to educate communities and improve public perceptions of autism. ASAN’s members and supporters include Autistic adults and youth, cross-disability advocates, and non-autistic family members, professionals, educators and friends.

Council for Disability Rights (CDR)

On national, state, and local levels, the Council for Disability Rights advances the rights of people with disabilities. The Council promotes public policy and legislation, public awareness through education, and provides information and referral services.

Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center
100 N Washington St. Suite 234 , Falls Church, VA 22046
703-923-0010 (voice)

Virginia’s parent education, support, training, and information center committed to helping children with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who serve them by offering services and support for families and professionals; experienced-based program development and training curriculum; and easy-to-understand, research-based disability education, information, training and support.

TransCen, Inc.
401 N. Washington Street, Suite 450, Rockville, MD 20850
301-424-2002 (voice) | 301-251-3762 (fax) | 301-217-0124 (TTY)

Organization dedicated to improving educational and employment outcomes for people with disabilities by developing, implementing, and researching innovative practices regarding school-to-adult life transition, career and workforce development, and inclusive community participation.

The Treatment and Learning Centers, Inc.

Works to improve lives and expand possibilities for individuals with special needs, specializing in services for children and adults with learning disabilities, helping them reach their full potential. Supports the Family Circles program, designed to support families with children and youth who have disabilities by providing a series of services designed to meet training and education, advocacy and emotional wellness needs.

U.S. Business Leadership Network

Recognizes and supports best practices in the employment and advancement of people with disabilities, the preparedness for work of youth and students with disabilities, marketing to consumers with disabilities, and contracting with vendors with disabilities through the development and certification of disability-owned businesses. Created four toolkits and associated dissemination, training, and technical assistance to USBLN affiliates to create a strong Youth Programs arm and increase affiliates’ capacity to work with students with disabilities.

Wounded Warrior Project

Honors and empowers wounded warriors and seeks to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women; help severely injured service members aid and assist each other; and provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of severely injured service members. Support of a family caregiver summit to provide a positive sharing and learning experience for attending caregivers, introduce caregivers to members of Congress, to capture demographic data to inform WWP programmatic efforts, and to produce a post-summit white paper to inform key national decision makers on caregiver problems and recommended solutions.

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