Connecting for Kids is committed to providing education and support to families with a concern about their child. Families who have a child with a disability may need help advocating for their child and with teaching their child self-advocacy skills. While Connecting for Kids does not conduct advocacy work, our mission includes educating families on resources they can use to learn more.
This list is meant to offer a "jumping off" point for families. It includes organizations that are active in our community, resources to help families understand and talk about disability, as well as books for children.
Local Organizations Where Families Can Learn More
The following organizations participate actively in improving disability rights.
Easterseals - Northern Ohio Chapter
Easterseals provides exceptional services, education, outreach and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities.
The Arc of Ohio and The Arc of Greater Cleveland
Dedicated to promoting and protecting the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.
The Arc of Ohio
The Arc of Greater Cleveland
In addition to these Ohio organizations, there are a number of national organization supporting disability rights.
Voices of Disabled Adults
Listening to the perspectives of people with disabilities can help you and your child learn more about the disability community and what it means to be a person with a disability in America today. This list is not all-inclusive, but offers some of the leaders in this field.
Author, activist, creator of the #DisabledAndCute campaign
Director of Communications at Disability rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF), creator of the #SayTheWord campaign
Bio at DREDF
Director of the Disability Justice Initiative at the Center for American Progress (CAP)
Articles at CAP
Human rights lawyer, author, speaker
Books with Diverse Characters (for children)
Families can introduce young children to diverse characters with these book suggestions:
Websites, Videos and Articles
The internet offers a rich collection of websites, videos, articles, podcasts and more that offer support to people with disabilities and highlight disabled voices.