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Lynn Atkinson and her friend Leo at the Sphinx in Giza, Egypt.

Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE) 515 Kimball Tower, Buffalo, NY 14214-3079; Tel/TTY 716-829-3141 ext.168, fax 716-829-3217; ub-cirrie@buffalo.edu, cirrie.buffalo.edu. This university-based center increases access to information and experts on rehabilitation research worldwide through its online database, publications, and exchange activities.

Disabled Peoples’ International (DPI), 902 - 388 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3C 0C8; 204-287-8010, fax 204-783-6270; info@dpi.org, www.dpi.org. A worldwide organization of people with disabilities who advocate for the right to full participation and control over services that affect their lives. DPI has representatives and member organizations in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America.

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), 2212 Sixth St., Berkeley, CA 94710; Tel/TTY 510-644-2555, fax 510-841-8645; dredf@dredf.org, www.dredf.org. A national, nonprofit law and policy center, dedicated to furthering the civil rights of people with disabilities. DREDF provides technical assistance, information and referral, and training to individuals and organizations on disability-rights laws and policies worldwide. DREDF’s website features an index of disability laws and contacts in many countries around the world.

Institute on Independent Living, Arenavägen 63, 121 77 Stockholm-Johanneshov, Sweden; 011-46-8-506-22-179; admin@independentliving.org, www.independentliving.org. This organization provides the Accessible Vacation Home Exchange with over 100 listings, a global network of 300 disability organizations, and the Personal Assistant Exchange network. Also its Study and Work Abroad for All listings include universities in Europe, North America and other parts of the world, including information on accessibility, funding, adapted housing, transportation, and personal assistance in daily living.

International Diabetes Federation, Avenue Emile De Mot 19, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium, 011-32-2-538-5511, fax 011-32-2-538-5114, info@idf.org, www.idf.org. An umbrella organization of almost 200 diabetes associations in more than 150 countries advocating to enhance the lives of people with diabetes worldwide.

Mobility International USA (MIUSA), 132 E. Broadway, Ste. 343, Eugene, OR 97440; Tel/TTY 541-343-1284, fax 541-343-6812; info@miusa.org, www.miusa.org. A non-profit organization empowering people with disabilities around the world through international exchange and international development to achieve their human rights. Provides technical assistance, publications, information & referral and exchange programs.

National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE), See MIUSA above; clearinghouse@miusa.org. A project managed by MIUSA and sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. It strives to increase the participation of people with disabilities in the full range of international exchange opportunities by providing free information and referrals to individuals, disability organizations and exchange programs. Website has database of disability organizations and exchange programs worldwide. Offers a variety of resources and publications.

Post-Polio Health International, 4207 Lindell Blvd., Rm. 110, Saint Louis, MO 63108-2915; 314-534-0475, fax 314-534-5070; info@post-polio.org, www.post-polio.org. A network of people that gathers and disseminates information to individuals with physical disabilities, specifically survivors of polio and users of home mechanical ventilators. Website lists ventilator resources in various countries through its International Network of Ventilator Users.

Rehabilitation International (RI), 25 East 21st St., New York, NY 10010; 212-420-1500, fax 212-505-0871; RI@riglobal.org, www.riglobal.org. An organization that works to promote the prevention of disability, the rehabilitation of disabled people, and the equalization of opportunities for people with disabilities worldwide. RI has an array of reports and conferences on disability issues. Lists member organizations worldwide on the website.

World Autism Organization (WAO), Rue E. Van Becelaere 26 B, Bte 21 B-1170 Bruxelles, Belgium, 011-32-2-675-7505, fax: 011-32-2-675-7270, wao.info@worldautism.org, www.worldautism.org. This organizations works at making better the quality of life of autistic people and that of their families throughout the world. It has resources and worldwide members listed on its website.

World Blind Union (WBU), c/o CBC ONCE, La Coruna 18, 28020 Madrid, Spain; 011-34-19-571-3685, fax 011-34-19-571-5777; umc@once.es, www.worldblindunion.org. This international organization provides opportunities for blind and visually impaired people worldwide. See its website for list of member organizations.

World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), General Secretariat, P.O. Box 65, FIN-00401, Helsinki, Finland; fax 011-358-9580-3572; info@wfdeaf.org, wfdeaf.org. An international, non-governmental organization of national associations of Deaf people. A list of member organizations worldwide is available on the website.

World Institute on Disability (WID), 510 Sixteenth St., Ste. 100, Oakland, CA 94612; Tel: 510-763-4100, TTY: 510-208-9496, fax: 510-763-4109; wid@wid.org, www.wid.org. International activities include training, technical assistance, needs assessments, program development and evaluation, legislative and policy development, exchange programs, research, conferences, materials development, and international resource and referral to developing the capacity of disability organizations throughout the world.

World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (WNUSP), Secretariat Klingenberg 15, 2.th, DK-5000 Odense C, Denmark; 011-45-6619-4511; admin@wnusp.org, www.wnusp.org. A global forum and voice of users and survivors of psychiatry, to promote their rights and interests. The organization has a list of related organizations and support groups worldwide.

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