Community Organizations

The Arc of Franklin/Fulton Counties and of Cumberland/Perry Counties serves individuals with cognitive, developmental and intellectual disabilities. They have a variety of programs including socials, respite, housing, and transportation. Please see and For the national level Arc, see:

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Central Pennsylvania provides a range of community based services to people with disabilities. The run the Branch Creek Neighbors program in Shippensburg, offering day activities and respite programs. See

Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania is involved in national, state, and local disability issues that affect people with disabilities. Their central mission is to assist people with disabilities drawing on our own personal experiences and expertise. CILCP encourages, motivates, and supports people with disabilities to achieve goals, meet challenges, fulfill dreams and ultimately live well!

ADAPT of Pennsylvania 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. See for the national ADAPT website, and for state information.

Self Advocates United as 1 is one of Pennsylvania’s organizations that fosters self-determination for people with disabilities and encourages their voices to be heard. See

PA Link to Aging and Disability Resources is an Aging and Disability Resource Center and is housed in the Cumberland County Office of Aging and Community Services. See for more information.

Educational and Academic Organizations

The Disability History Museum's mission is to foster a deeper understanding about how changing cultural values, notions of identity, laws and policies have shaped and influenced the experience of people with disabilities, their families and their communities over time. 

Society for Disability Studies is the national professional association for disability studies scholars. It sponsors the journal, Disability Studies Quarterly. See

Association on Higher Education and Disability is a professional organization committed to of persons with disabilities in higher education. See

Council for Exceptional Children

College Guide for Students with Disabilities

Government Agencies and Organizations

National Council on Disability - an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress on issues affecting Americans with disabilities. See

National Institute of Health is America’s medical research agency. See

The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), a component of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), is the main federal agency that supports applied research, training and development to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities. 

National Center on Disability and Journalism has released a new, comprehensive style guide for journalists and professionals who report or write about people with living disabilities. The guide offers information and advice on nearly 70 commonly used words or terms, from “able-bodied” to “confined to a wheelchair.” It is being released to coincide with the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Dec. 3. The day of observance aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.In addition to offering recommendations on language choices, the guide provides a brief background on each word or term and touches on instances in which disability organizations disagree on usage. It also notes whether or not the word or term is addressed in The Associated Press Stylebook, widely used by journalists around the world as a guide to writing. Two-thirds of the entries in the NCDJ guide are not covered in the AP Stylebook.NCDJ’s disability style guide is available on the organization’s website or as a printable PDF at

Disability Culture / Resources

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES: AmeriCorps. AmeriCorps is a program supported by the federal government and other organizations that aim to engage adults in public service work to help others and meet the needs of communities. See for employment opportunities.

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY: John Hudson Internship Program. This is a paid summer internship program located in Fairfax County Government agencies for college students and recent graduates with disabilities. Application materials are due on April 17, 2017. Visit for position descriptions and application materials. For more information, contact Jill Clark at

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Wells Fargo Wells Fargo & Company is seeking applicants for a special scholarship program to help people with disabilities obtain the education or training necessary to succeed in the career path of their choice. Applicants must have an identified disability, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent, and be a high school senior or graduate who plans to enroll/is already enrolled in full-time or half-time undergraduate study at an accredited university in the US for the entire 2017-2018 academic year. If selected, the student will receive a $2,500 award for full-time study or a $1,250 award for half-time study. Learn more and apply here.

Syracuse University’s Disability Culture Center is dedicated to the establishment and celebration of a community that fosters pride in one’s identity and creates a culture of inclusion.

Choosing the Right College for Students with Disabilities -- Tips for students with disabilities when transitioning from high school to college: