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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.

For individualized support on a concern about your child - Ask Us!

Call/text: 440-570-5908
(para español 440-907-9130)

info@conectingforkids.org


Local Organizations Where Families Can Learn More

The following organizations participate actively in improving disability rights.

Disability Rights Ohio (DRO)

Disability Rights Ohio provides legal advocacy and rights protection to a wide range of people with disabilities.

disabilityrightsohio.org

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.

easterseals.com/noh

National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI)

NAMI’s mission is to improve the quality of life and ensure dignity and respect for persons with serious mental illness and offer support to their families and close friends.

View in Provider Directory:
NAMI Greater Cleveland
NAMI Lorain County

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
thearcofohio.org

The Arc of Greater Cleveland
View in Provider Directory

In addition to these Ohio organizations, there are a number of national organization supporting disability rights.

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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.

Keah Brown

Author, activist, creator of the #DisabledAndCute campaign

 Facebook link  Twitter link  Instagram link

Lawrence Carter-Long

Director of Communications at Disability rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF), creator of the #SayTheWord campaign

Bio at DREDF

 
 Twitter link  

Rebecca Cokley

Director of the Disability Justice Initiative at the Center for American Progress (CAP)

Articles at CAP

 
 Twitter link  

Haben Girma

Human rights lawyer, author, speaker

 Facebook link  Twitter link  Instagram link

Books with Diverse Characters (for children)

Families can introduce young children to diverse characters with these book suggestions:

All Are Welcome

by Alexandra Penfold


All The Way to The Top

By Annette Bay Pimentel


Cover image: All the Way to the Top


Don't Call Me Special: A First Look at Disability

by Pat Thomas

Book cover: "Don't Call Me Special"

Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You

by Sonya Sotomayor


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.

Disability Visibility Project

Online collection of stories collected by disability advocate, Alice Wong.

Screen capture of the Disabiltiy Visibility Project home page.

ADA.gov

Information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

ADA.gov home page screen capture.

#NotSpecialNeeds (video)

Awareness campaign on the importance of supporting people with disabilities.

Screen capture of the title screen from the video, "#NotSpecialNeeds"

It's Time to Stop Even Casually Misusing Disability Words

by Andrew Pulrang

Screen capture of an article by Andrew Pulrang.

Call, text or email:

Phone: 1-440-570-5908
Español: 1-440-907-9130
Email: info@connectingforkids.org

Address:

P.O. Box 45372
Westlake, Ohio 44145

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