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The following Internet web sites are listed for your convenience. This is not all-inclusive, nor should it be considered an endorsement of the accuracy of, or support for, the information/views expressed in each site.

  • National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN):External site disclaimer

    The National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN) is dedicated to advancing the next generation of disability leaders.
    The NYLN:

    • Promotes leadership development, education, employment, independent living, and health and wellness among young leaders representing the diversity of race, ethnicity and disability in the United States.
    • Fosters the inclusion of young leaders with disabilities into all aspects of society at national, state and local levels.
    • Communicates about issues important to youth with disabilities and the policies and practices that affect their lives.
  • Kids as Self Advocates (KASA):External site disclaimer

    We believe that young people with disabilities should have control over their own lives and futures. KASA supports this by informing youth about their rights, providing peer support and training and changing systems to include youth.

  • Maine Youth Action Network (MYAN):External site disclaimer
  • Civil Rights/Advocacy Resources (KASA):External site disclaimer

    This page has reports [real life stories told by youth and young adults with disabilities] and links to other organizations and agencies that can give you information about civil rights and advocacy.

  • Youth Move National!External site disclaimer

    Youth M.O.V.E National is a youth led national organization devoted to improving services and systems that support positive growth and development by uniting the voices of individuals who have lived experience in various systems including mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare.

  • National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center:External site disclaimer

    See some of your peers present on Disability Disclosure and the work they are doing as young leaders!

  • Disability History:External site disclaimer

    In order to be informed and involved in what is known as the disability rights movement, it is very important that you learn and understand what people before you have worked to achieve. Although we may feel like we still have a lot of work to do, we have definitely come a long way too!