Systems Change & Advocacy

ADAPT is a national grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom.

CTD is a 501(c)3 working to ensure that persons with disabilities may work, live, learn, play and participate fully in the community of their choice. They focus on the areas of governmental advocacy, public awareness activities, and professional disability consulting to fulfill their mission.

The DLI curriculum addresses the many dimensions of diversity to help you develop mindful initiatives and enhance ongoing efforts that support your institution’s mission and commitment to continuous improvement. By examining and applying sound theory, best practices, and creative approaches to human interaction and organizational dynamics, institute participants enhance professional competencies, build credibility, foster innovation, and plan strategically for building and sustaining school communities that maximize the potential of students and adults alike.

Grounded in advocacy, the ILRU program at TIRR Memorial Hermann is a community-focused model, rather than a medical model. The program is led by Lex Frieden, regarded worldwide as one of the leading experts in disability policy and the current chairperson of the board of the National Council on Disability (NCD) and president of Rehabilitation International.

The ILRU staff works with independent living centers and other disability-focused organizations around the country to increase opportunities for people with disabilities to live more independently. They do this through research, education and consultation, concentrating their efforts on:

  • Promoting the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of people with disabilities, which enables them to lead productive lives
  • Promoting communities free of physical, financial, social and communications barriers
  • Promoting social justice for people with disabilities

Lone Star Legal Aid is the fourth largest service provider of free legal aid in the United States.

NCIL advances independent living and the rights of people with disabilities. NCIL envisions a world in which people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully.

  • TX CIL

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) manages offenders in state prisons, state jails and private correctional facilities that contract with TDCJ. The agency also provides funding and certain oversight of community supervision (previously known as adult probation) and is responsible for the supervision of offenders released from prison on parole or mandatory supervision.

In existence since September of 1950, the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities (GCPD) works toward a State where people with disabilities have the opportunity to enjoy full and equal access to lives of independence, productivity and self-determination.

Texas State Independent Living Council (SILC) is a non-profit that focuses on planning and coordinating funding for Independent Living services.

The Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (YLF) is a unique career leadership training program for high school juniors and seniors with disabilities. By serving as delegates from their communities at a four-day event in their state capital, young people with disabilities cultivate leadership, citizenship, and social skills.

Find any center for independent living anywhere in the USA.