Policy Portal: Directory of Consumer Organizations

The Policy Portal is a directory of consumer-oriented organizations NIDILRR grantees can use to promote their research findings and connect with organizations included in the directory. The Center has worked with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) and The Arc on the continuous development of the directory.

To be listed below, an organization has met criteria that include it being

  • national in scope
  • engaged in policy discussions with other disability-oriented organizations and/or policymakers about legislation to improve the lives of people with disabilities, and
  • free of commercial interests.

These organizations are therefore well-positioned to apply research findings in their efforts to improve policies that affect the lives of people with disabilities and their families.

Each year, the Center on KTDRR reaches out to the organizations requesting information on their policy priorities. If an organization indicates interest, KTDRR then seeks to identify recent NIDILRR-funded publications that address those informational needs. Then KTDRR shares summaries of the research with the organizations and connects the authors with the organizations’ contact to help foster communication between the NIDILRR researchers and that member of the disability policy community.

NIDILRR grantees and any users may use the Search Function below to narrow the list of organizations by “NIDILRR Outcome Domain” or “Disability Type”.

If you are from a disability advocacy or consumer organization and would like to be added to the list or have your organization’s information updated, please contact us at ktdrr@air.org for more information about our criteria for inclusion.


Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

The mission of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is to protect and advance the civil rights of adults and children with mental illness or developmental disabilities. We envision a society where Americans with mental disabilities live with autonomy, dignity, and opportunity in welcoming communities, supported by law, policy, and practices that help them reach their full potential.

Website: http://www.bazelon.org/

Address: 1090 Vermont Ave NW, Suite 220, Washington, DC 20005

Phone: 202-467-5730

Contact: Holly O’Donnell, CEO

E-mail: communications@bazelon.org

Disability Type: Mental health conditions

NIDILRR Outcome Domain: Community living and participation, Employment