Legal Resources, Rights, Advocacy

National Organizations

Americans with Disabilities Act Resources |
US Department of Justice regulations and policies regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The American Foundation for the Blind |
Seeks to expand possibilities by providing resources for people with vision loss, broadening their access to technology, and providing information and tools for the professionals who serve them.

The National Federation of the Blind |
Seeks to integrate the blind and visually impaired into society on a basis of equality with all citizens.

The American Council of the Blind |
Seeks to improve the living conditions of the blind and visually impaired by advocating for educational opportunities, health care services, social security benefits, vocational training, and other health and social services.

The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) |
Serves a wide range of individuals with disabilities – including, but not limited to, those with cognitive, mental, sensory, and physical disabilities – by guarding against abuse; advocating for basic rights; and ensuring accountability in health care, education, employment, housing, transportation, and within the juvenile and criminal justice systems.

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

Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) |
Advocacy work includes high-impact class action litigation on behalf of people with all types of disabilities, including mobility, hearing, vision, learning and psychological disabilities. Publishes “Know Your Rights” handbooks to help people with disabilities know and enforce their civil rights.

The EEOC | Questions and Answers About Blindness and Vision Impairments in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has posted this very helpful Q&A on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

State Organizations

National Council of State Agencies for the Blind | NCSAB Directory by State

New York State

Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities |

The New York Disability Vote Network (NYDVN) Link:

My Blind Spot is pleased to be partnering with NYDVN. Established by the Center for Disability Rights in 2013, this nonpartisan statewide voting initiative is geared towards people with disabilities in New York State. Four parts make up the NYDVN:

  • The steering committee
  • Partner organizations
  • Voters with disabilities
  • Volunteers

Together, they work to build, solidify, and unify a large disability voting bloc in New York, by growing and maintaining a database of voters with disabilities and informing them of important voting information via email and social media. They also connect with like-minded organizations and share resources.