Law and Advocacy

Legislators, Advocates

AARP
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Information and advocacy for seniors and grandparents.

Alliance for Retired Americans
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Mission: to ensure social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens so that they may enjoy lives of dignity, personal and family fulfillment and security.

Allsup
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A nationwide provider of Social Security disability, Medicare and workers’ compensation services for individuals, employers and insurance carriers. Delivers specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible.

American Association of People with Disabilities
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A nonprofit, non-partisan, cross-disability organization whose goals are unity, leadership and impact. AAPD strives to be a positive private-sector force to achieve full inclusion in American society.

American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today (ADAPT)
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Fights to change the long-term care system so people with disabilities can live in the community and choose where and how they receive services.

American Society on Aging
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The largest organization of professionals in the field of aging. Its resources, publications, and educational opportunities are geared to enhance the knowledge and skills of people working with older adults and their families.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
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Information regarding the rights of people with disabilities.

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
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Legal advocacy for the civil rights and human dignity of people with mental disability.

Disability Rights Advocates
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Information on health care and legal rights for people with disabilities.

Disability Rights Center
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Maine’s protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities. It is a nonprofit agency, independent of state and federal government.

Elder Financial Protection Network
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Works to prevent financial abuse of elders and dependent adults through community education programs, public awareness campaigns and coordination of financial institution employee training.

Hard of Hearing Advocates
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Nonprofit foundation that helps hard-of-hearing (HOH) people by creating and implementing programs and solutions where HOH people have undue problems.

Justice for All
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Acts as an advocate for change “in a criminal justice system that is inadequate in protecting the lives and property of law-abiding citizens.”

LeadingAge
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Committed to advancing the vision of healthy, affordable, ethical aging services for America. The association represents 5,600 mission-driven, not-for-profit nursing homes, continuing care retirement communities, assisted living and senior housing facilities, and home and community-based service providers.

Lesbian and Gay Aging Issues Network (LGAIN)
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Works to raise awareness about the concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders and about the unique barriers they encounter in gaining access to housing, healthcare, long-term care and other needed services.

MAPLight.org
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Covers the U.S. Congress and California Legislature and seeks to provide a window into the connections between money, politics, campaign contributions and how legislators vote.

Medicare Rights Center
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The largest independent source of health care information and assistance in the United States for people with Medicare. Founded in 1989, MRC helps older adults and people with disabilities get good, affordable health care.

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
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Nonprofit organization helps lawyers, bar organizations and others who work with older clients and their families.

National Center on Senior Transportation
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Works to increase transportation options for older adults and enhance their ability to live more independently within their communities throughout the U.S.

National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
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Serves as an advocate for the landmark federal programs of Social Security and Medicare and for all Americans who seek a healthy, productive and secure retirement.

National Council on Aging
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A national network of organizations and individuals dedicated to improving the health and independence of older persons; increasing their continuing contributions to communities, society and future generations; and building caring communities.

National Council on Disability
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Policy group that promotes programs, practices, policies and procedures that guarantee equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities, regardless of the nature of severity of the disability; and empowers individuals with disabilities to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and inclusion and integration into all aspects of society.

National Council on Independent Living
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A membership organization that advances the independent living philosophy and advocates for the human rights of, and services for, people with disabilities to further their full integration and participation in society.

National Legal Resource Center
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A subsidiary of the Administration on Aging, the National Legal Resource Center provides information on elder law referrals to service providers.

National Organization on Disability
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Promotes the full and equal participation of the nation’s 54 million men, women children with disabilities in all aspects of life.

National Senior Citizens Law Center
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Advocates before the courts, Congress and federal agencies to promote the independence and well-being of low-income elderly and disabled Americans. Publishes consumer guides as well as newsletters for attorneys and advocates.

Nolo Law for All
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The Web site of Berkeley’s Nolo Press, which produces self-help legal books and software packages. The site offers free Law Centers with a section on Wills & Estate Planning and Retirement & Elder Care, among many others. Also useful are the “plain English” Legal Encyclopedia and Nolo’s “Shark Talk” legal dictionary.

Office for Civil Rights
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Promotes and ensures that people have equal access and opportunity to participate in and receive services in all HHS programs without facing unlawful discrimination.

Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregivers
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Works to establish local, state and national partnerships committed to building more effective long-term care systems and providing greater recognition and support for America's unsung heroes - the millions of caregivers, both family and professional, who provide us all with models of selfless service and hope for the future.

SAGE
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The nation's oldest and largest social service and advocacy organization dedicated to LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) seniors. SAGE offers social services, programs and community-building to LGBT seniors in and around New York City and provides education and advocacy on LGBT aging issues nationwide.

Senior Corps
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A network of programs that tap the experience, skills, and talents of older citizens to meet community challenges with Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, and RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program).

SeniorLaw
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Provides an extensive database of links and resources for seniors seeking legal help.

U.S. Department of Justice: Elder Justice
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A resource for victims of elder abuse and financial exploitation and their families; practitioners who serve them; law enforcement agencies and prosecutors; and researchers seeking to understand and address this silent epidemic plaguing our nation's elders.

U.S. House of Representatives
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Votes, contact information, studies.

U.S. Senate
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Votes, contact information, studies.

 
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