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The National IDEA Survey Project is a collaboration of The Advocacy Institute, the Autism National Committee, the Autism Society of America, the National Center for Learning Disabilities, and the National Down Syndrome Society. All are 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations.

The Advocacy Institute (AI) is dedicated to the development of products, projects and services that work to improve the lives of people with disabilities. AI spearheads IDEA Money Watch, a national initiative to track the use of special education funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. AI also leads Our Kids Count, a project to preserve key requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) for children with disabilities. [More]

The Autism National Committee (AutCom) is the only autism advocacy organization dedicated to "Social Justice for All Citizens with Autism" through a shared vision and a commitment to positive approaches. AutCom was founded in 1990 to protect and advance the human rights and civil rights of people with autism, pervasive developmental disorder, and related differences of communication and behavior.  The organization advocates for the civil rights of children and adults with autism in education, the workplace, the community, and throughout life. [More]

The Autism Society of America (ASA), one of the nation’s leading grassroots autism organizations, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. Since 1965, ASA has worked to increase public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy. [More]

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) works to ensure that the nation's 15 million children, adolescents, and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work, and life.  Since 1977, NCLD had provided essential information to parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs to foster effective learning, and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities. [More]

The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) has advocated for the value, acceptance, and inclusion of people with Down syndrome since its founding in 1979.  NDSS envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations, and become valued members of welcoming communities. NDSS works to improve educational opportunities for students with Down syndrome, among other activities. [More]

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