Advocacy/ Self Determination

3E Special Education Advocacy & Consulting
3E Special Education Advocacy & consulting dba Let’s Talk Special Ed Missouri-Parent coaches & IEP trainers Empowering, Equipping and Engaging families and children with special needs.


Nationally ADAPT focuses on promoting services in the community instead of warehousing people with disabilities in institutions and nursing homes. Attendant services (help with things like eating, dressing, toileting, moving from wheelchair to bed, etc.) are the cornerstone to community based services for people with severe disabilities. ADAPT is working to get 25% of the Medicaid long term care funds redirected to pay for a national, mandated attendant services.


American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the country’s largest cross-disability membership organization, organizes the disability community to be a powerful voice for change – politically, economically, and socially. AAPD was founded in 1995 to help unite the diverse community of people with disabilities, including their family, friends and supporters, and to be a national voice for change in implementing the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


Bridges Community Support Services
Bridges was founded in 1984 as one of the first organizations in Missouri to offer individualized home and community support services to men and women with physical and cognitive disabilities. Our residential services include both part-time in-home supports for individuals who need only intermittent assistance and supported living homes with 24 hour assistance. Men and women we support include people with developmental disabilities, mental illness and those who have sustained a traumatic brain injury. The Bridges Counseling Program provides individual and family counseling with special expertise in working with issues related to disabilities. The Bridges Training Network provides valuable staff training not only to Bridges staff, but to people from organizations throughout the St. Louis area. In 2000 a second company, Bridges of Missouri, was created in order to offer quality support services to individuals living in communities throughout Missouri. Since its inception, quality in-home supports have been provided to people in over 50 communities in all parts of Missouri. Bridges of Missouri provides specialized brain injury rehabilitation and community support services.


Cap4kids The Children’s Advocacy Project of St. Louis
Thank you for your interest in The Children’s Advocacy Project of St Louis and its mission and contents. Within this site you will find a user-friendly, comprehensive listing of many social service agencies that exist to improve the lives of families that need our help the most.


Disability Rights, Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)
The mission of the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund is to advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities through legal advocacy, training, education, and public policy and legislative development.


Easter Seals Missouri
Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for nearly 100 years. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life’s challenges and achieve personal goals.


Employment for All
Employment for All (EFA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the ideal that access to employment should be available to all persons with disabilities, regardless of severity or label. Among its three founding members — Joe Skiba, Norciva Shumpert, and Michael Callahan — EFA brings over 100 years of experience in the area of employment and rehabilitation services to the discovery of solutions in employment services.


Family Voices
A national grassroots network of families and friends, advocates for health care services that are family-centered, community-based, comprehensive, coordinated and culturally competent for all children and youth with special health care needs; promotes the inclusion of all families as decision makers at all levels of health care; and supports essential partnerships between families and professionals.


Independent Living Institute
The Institute’s purpose is to promote the opportunities of persons with disabilities to gain more personal and political power, self-determination, full participation and equality through information, training materials, consultancy and technical assistance. The Institute works in cooperation with other organizations which support these aims at the local, national and international level, including self-help groups in developing countries.


KASA – Kids as Self Advocates
KASA is a national, grassroots network of youth with disabilities and needs (and our friends), speaking out. We are leaders in our community, and we help spread helpful, positive information amoung our peers to increase knowledge around various issues.


L.I.F.E. Center for Independent Living
Provides services to disabled individuals-advocacy, IEP assistance, transportation, independent living skills training, peer support, information/referral.


Easter Seals MidWest
Easter Seals Midwest assists teens with disabilities to develop new social and work skills to prepare them for life after high school graduation. Services include summer camps and summer work experiences and preparation for independent living.


Missouri Protection and Advocacy
Missouri Protection and Advocacy (MO P&A) is a Federally mandated system in the state of Missouri which provides protection of the rights of persons with disabilities through legally based advocacy.


National Organization on Disability
The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is a private, non-profit organization that promotes the full participation of America’s 54 million people with disabilities in all aspects of life. In 2006 we narrowed our focus to increasing employment opportunities for the 79 percent of working-age Americans with disabilities who are not employed.


Partners in Policymaking
Partners in Policymaking (Partners) is an innovative national model of leadership training designed for adults with developmental disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities. The program teaches leadership skills and the process of developing positive partnerships with elected officials, school personnel and other individuals who make policy decisions about services that you and/or your family use.


People First of Missouri
People First is a self-advocacy and self help organization formed by, run by and which exists for persons with developmental disabilities.


People First of Missouri (PFMO)
People First of Missouri is a statewide organization that promotes equality for people with disabilities so they can live the life they want in the community.


Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE)
Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) is the self-advocacy organization of the United States. Founded in 1990, we have been working hard for the full inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in the community throughout the 50 states and the world for 20 years. Our non-profit advocacy organization is run by a board of self-advocates representing 9 regions of the country.


Sharing Hopes
Sharing Hopes provides support, education and resources for families with special needs children in the Butler/Nevada/Harrisonville area.


St. Louis Society for the Physicially Disabled
Empowering people with disabilities to develop skills for independence and to actively participate in the community.


TASH is an organization of members concerned with human dignity, civil rights, education, and independence for all individuals with disabilities.

The Advocacy Institute
The Advocacy Institute is an organization dedicated to the development of products and services that work to improve the lives of people with disabilities, particularly learning disabilities


The Belle Center of St. Louis
The Belle Center supports families who have a child with disabilities in home and community settings. These include PT, OT, Sp/L therapy, Sibshops, family education, advocacy and training and a full day inclusive preschool program.


The Center for Self Determination
The Center for Self-Determination is not a place. It is a highly interactive working collaborative of individuals and organizations committed to the principles of self-determination. The purpose of the collaborative is to change the nature of the support and service system for individuals with disabilities, using the principles of self-determination to help all persons create the lives they want, connected to and with their communities.


The Comprehensive Learning Institute for Challenge
The Comprehensive Learning Institute for Challenged Kids serves children with unique needs ages 2-17 in the areas of social development, fine and gross motor development, speech and language development and behavior.


The Network
The Disabilities Advocacy & Support Network (The Network) is a family run support network. The primary purpose of the (The Network) is to provide support, information and a forum for advocacy for families of people with developmental disabilities.


The Riot
Self-advocates are people with disabilities who speak up for themselves and others. Self-advocates speak up with spoken words, sign language, letter boards or in ways unique to each person. The Riot is about self-advocacy. We offer a newsletter, a blog where self-advocates can share opinions, an online art gallery, toolkits, games and services to help individuals become stronger self-advocates. We cover topics that are important to self-advocates. And we really don’t like silly rules that just keep people down. We are serious about self-advocacy issues, but we also want to make you laugh and feel good about life. Join us to celebrate the strengths of self-advocates. Help take on the barriers that stand in the way. Most of all, let’s work together to help people live the life they want with the support they need.


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