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This is a list of notable disability rights organizations. Although the disability rights movement itself began in the 1960s, advocacy for the rights of people with disabilities did exist before that, and so the list of notable organizations has been expanded to reflect that.
Autistic Self Advocacy Network (2006) – an international organization that provides support, services, and public policy advocacy for those on the Autism spectrum while working to improve the public perception of Autism and related conditions. It is run by Autistic people, and was founded by Autistic self-advocates Ari Ne'eman and Scott Robertson.
Disabled in Action (1970) – an American organization that primarily serves the physically disabled and focuses on advocacy and services. The group concerns itself with lobbying for new legislation that would provide for and defend the civil rights of people with disabilities and with the enforcement of current legislation.
DREDF (Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund) (1979) – Founded and directed by people with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities, DREDF advances the civil and human rights of people with disabilities through legal advocacy, training, education, and public policy and legislative development.
Easter Seals (1916) – an international organization that provides services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with Autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work, and play in their communities.
IDIRIYA, not-for-profit Sri Lankan NGO promoting "Accessibility at Public Buildings and Facilities" and focusing on "Accessible Tourism for All".
Infinite Ability – a special interest group within the Medical Humanities Group of University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi, India. The group uses medical humanitarian approaches focussing on four competency-based learning objectives of narrative medicine: graphic medicine;interpersonal and communication skills; patient care, and professionalism.
Mind (The National Association for Mental Health, UK)
MindFreedom International (1990) – is a nonprofit international organization that unites 100 sponsor and affiliate grassroots groups with thousands of individual members to win human rights and alternatives for people labeled with psychiatric disabilities.
National Down Syndrome Congress (1973) – a national (American) not-for-profit organization that provides individuals, families, and health care providers information and support about Down syndrome, as well as advocating with and on behalf of individuals with Down syndrome.