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Mr. Stephen's Holiday Donation Guide

The Holidays are a time for giving --and this is especially important in 2020! Many people all around the world are struggling just to survive.

If you have some extra money and you’d like to support Inclusive organizations this holiday season, please donate to one of the amazing organizations on my list.

To learn more about how you can be more inclusive during the holidays and beyond, check out my 2020 holiday blogs: "Be Inclusive for the Holidays", and “Communicate with People who are Deaf & Hard of Hearing during the Holidays & Beyond -No ASL Required”



NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:


TASH

As a leader in disability advocacy for 40 years, the mission of TASH is to promote the full inclusion and participation of children and adults with significant disabilities in every aspect of their community, and to eliminate the social injustices that diminish human rights. These things are accomplished through collaboration among self-advocates, families, professionals, policy-makers, advocates and many others who seek to promote equity, opportunity and inclusion.

(https://tash.org/)



National Down Syndrome Society

The National Down Syndrome Society is the leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome.

(https://www.ndss.org)



Special Olympics

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community

.(https://www.specialolympics.org/)



Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is enhancing lives today and accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow. We are dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

Through the years, we’ve worked tirelessly to provide crucial autism research, advocacy, services and support to help people with autism and those who support them thrive. Here are some of our proudest accomplishments to-date.

(https://www.autismspeaks.org/)



National Association of the Deaf

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is the nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America. Established in 1880, the NAD was shaped by deaf leaders who believed in the right of the American deaf community to use sign language, to congregate on issues important to them, and to have its interests represented at the national level.

(https://www.nad.org/)



National Federation of the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams.

(http://www.nfb.org)


National Center for Learning Disabilities

NCLD fights to improve outcomes for people with learning and attention issues by actively shaping local and national policy to reduce barriers and ensure opportunity and access for all.

(https://www.ncld.org/what-we-do/advocacy/)

Best Buddies International

Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

(https://www.bestbuddies.org/)


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LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS (NORTHERN CALIFORNIA):


Stockton Unified School District’s Young Adult Program

Supporting students ages 18-22 with mild to significant disABILITIES in their transition to adulthood.

(www.StocktonUSD.net/YAP)



Fathers & Families

Promoting the social, cultural, spiritual, economic and environmental renewal of the most vulnerable families in Stockton and the greater San Joaquin Valley.

(https://www.ffsj.org/)



Elevate Oakland

Keeping music and the arts alive in oakland public schools

(https://www.elevateoakland.org/)



From Heart 2 Heart Foundation

Non-profit organization dedicated to promote education in the most vulnerable communities in Colombia through social work.

(https://www.facebook.com/fromheart2heartfoundation)


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