National Disability Agencies and Organizations - A-B

The Access Board

1331 F Street NW Ste 1000
Washington DC 20004-1111
Phone: (202) 272-0080 or toll-free (800) 872-2253

TTY: (202) 272-0082 or toll-free (800) 993-2822

Fax: (202) 272-0081

The Access Board is an independent federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities. It operates with about 30 staff and a governing board of representatives from Federal departments and public members appointed by the President. Key responsibilities of the Board include: developing and maintaining accessibility requirements for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment, and for electronic and information technology; providing technical assistance and training on these guidelines and standards; and enforcing accessibility standards for federally funded facilities.


Adaptive Environments Center, Inc.

374 Congress Street Ste 301
Boston MA 02210

Phone: (617) 695-1225 (voice/TTY)
Fax: (617) 482-8099

Adaptive Environments (AE) is a non-profit organization founded in 1978 to address the environmental issues that confront people with disabilities and elderly people. AE promotes accessibility as well as universal design through education programs, technical assistance, training, consulting, publications and design advocacy. Its mission is to promote, facilitate, and advocate for international adoption of policies and designs that enable every individual, regardless of disability or age, to participate fully in all aspects of society.


American Council of the Blind

1155 15th Street NW Suite 1004
Washington DC 20005
Phone: (202) 467-5081 or toll-free (800) 424-8666

Fax: (202) 467-5085


The American Council of the Blind is the nation's leading membership organization of blind and visually impaired people. It was founded in 1961 and incorporated in the District of Columbia. The Council strives to improve the well-being of all blind and visually impaired people by serving as a representative national organization of blind people; elevating the social, economic, and cultural levels of blind people; improving educational and rehabilitation facilities and opportunities; cooperating with the public and private institutions and organizations concerned with blind services; encouraging and assisting all blind persons to develop their abilities; and conducting a public education program to promote greater understanding of blindness and the capabilities of blind people.


The American Diabetes Association

1701 North Beauregard Street
Alexandria VA 22311

Phone: (800) DIABETES (800-342-2383)


The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information, and advocacy. The mission of the organization is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. To fulfill this mission, the American Diabetes Association funds research, publishes scientific findings, provides information and other services to people with diabetes, their families, health care professionals and the public. The Association is also actively involved in advocating for scientific research and for the rights of people with diabetes.


American Foundation for the Blind

11 Penn Plaza Ste 300
New York NY 10001

Phone: (212) 502-7600
Fax: (212) 502-7777

AFB Information Center

Phone: (800) AFB-LINE (800-232-5463)
Since 1921, the American Foundation for the Blind—to which Helen Keller devoted more than 40 years of her life —has been eliminating barriers that prevent people who are blind or visually impaired from reaching their potential. The American Foundation for the Blind is dedicated to addressing the critical issues of literacy, independent living, employment, and access through technology for the ten million Americans who are blind or visually impaired.


American Lung Association

61 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York NY 10006
Phone: (212) 315-8700

Online contact form:

The American Lung Association (ALA) is the oldest voluntary health organization in the United States, with a national office and constituent and affiliate associations around the country. Founded in 1904 to fight tuberculosis, ALA today fights lung disease in all its forms, with special emphasis on asthma, tobacco control, and environmental health.


American Speech, Language, Hearing Association

10801 Rockville Pike

Rockville MD  20852

Phone: (800) 638-8255

TTY: (301) 897-0157

Fax: (301) 897-7355


ASLHA's mission is to ensure that all people with speech, language, and hearing disorders have access to quality services to help them communicate effectively. Access their web site to find information to help you understand communication and communication disorders as well as a referral service.


The Arc of the United States

1010 Wayne Avenue Ste 650
Silver Spring MD 20910
Phone: (301) 565-3842
Fax: (301) 565-3843

The Arc is a national organization of and for people with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities. It is devoted to promoting and improving supports and services for people with mental retardation and their families. The association also fosters research and education regarding the prevention of mental retardation in infants and young children.


Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

1233 20th Street NW Ste 402

Washington DC 20036
Phone: (202) 466-7643

Toll-Free Information Line: (800) 7-ASTHMA (727-8462)

Fax: (202) 466-8940

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with asthma and allergies and their caregivers, through education, advocacy, and research.  AAFA, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1953, provides practical information, community based services, support, and referrals through a national network of chapters and educational support groups.  AAFA also sponsors research toward better treatments and a cure for asthma and allergic diseases.