Dissemination Partners

Providing a range of proactive and interactive dissemination activities will substantially increase our capacity to reach our targeted stakeholders effectively and will generate new knowledge that is critically needed to promote efforts for more inclusive policies, programs, and interventions that address the needs of youth/young adults with disabilities in all public programs targeting obesity prevention in this nation.

National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)


The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is the national organization representing local health departments. The mission of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is to be a leader, partner, catalyst, and voice for local health departments in order to ensure the conditions that promote health equity, combat disease, and improve the quality and length of all lives. NACCHO supports efforts that protect and improve the health of all people and all communities by promoting national policy, developing resources and programs, seeking health equity, and supporting effective local public health practice and systems.

16 CDC State Disability and Health Programs


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) disability and health programs work to inform policy and practice at the state level. With technical assistance from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), CDC supports 16 state-based programs with the ultimate goal of improving health, wellbeing, independence, productivity, and full societal participation among people with disabilities. These programs ensure that individuals with disabilities are included in ongoing state disease prevention, health promotion, and emergency response activities. Each program customizes its activities to meet its state's needs, which broadens expertise and information sharing among states. CDC-funded programs are located in state health departments and academic centers in Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)


The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a membership organization that supports and promotes a national network of university-based interdisciplinary programs. AUCD's network consists of 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD); 39 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) training programs funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), and 19 Intellectual and Developmental Disability Research Centers (IDDRC), funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Development (NICHD). These programs serve and are located in every U.S. state and territory and are all part of universities or medical centers. They serve as a bridge between the university and the community, bringing together the resources of both to achieve meaningful change.

Autism Speaks


Autism Speaks is the world's largest autism science and advocacy organization with over 100,000 visitors to their website each month. Autism Speaks offers a variety of tool kits for individuals diagnosed with autism and their families as well as resources for community and school. The organization provides advocacy and services for individuals with autism through science, awareness, family services, government relations and fundraising events.

BlazeSports America


BlazeSports mission is to advance the lives of children and adults with physical disabilities through sport, healthy lifestyles, and the prevention of chronic health conditions. BlazeSports is affiliated with local BlazeSports teams/programs operated in 60 communities over 29 states and the District Columbia. BlazeSports America is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee serving on its Multi-Sport Organizational Council and serves as the National Coordinating Body for competitive sports for individuals with cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and survivors of stroke. BlazeSports is also the national member organization of the Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association (CPISRA).

Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis


The Paralysis Resource Center provides information about everything related to paralysis, such as updates on leading research efforts, sources for adaptive equipment and support groups, and navigating governmental bureaucracies. The Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center information services have received more than 1.7 million unique visitors from around the world.

Easter Seals


Easter Seals provides a variety of resources to more than a million children and adults living with autism or other disabilities and their families each year. They provide services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities. Each year, Easter Seals provides direct services to more than 1.3 million people through a network of more than 550 sites in the U.S.

Inclusive Fitness Coalition (IFC)


The mission of the Inclusive Fitness Coalition (IFC) is to facilitate an expanded coordination of organizations and individuals to address the complexity of personal, social, cultural, political, and economic factors that influence the participation of people with disabilities in physical activity, fitness, sports, and recreation. In collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), IFC has brought together more than 150 leading organizations in the field of disability, fitness and health in the United States to move the agenda. With over 600 individuals participating, its membership has been active in promoting inclusive community-based opportunities in physical activity, sport and recreation for people with disabilities.

National Consortium on Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPERID)


The National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities promotes research, professional preparation, service delivery, and advocacy of Physical Education and Recreation for individuals with disabilities. The Consortium plays a major role in shaping the direction of adapted physical education and therapeutic recreation and it has actively promoted legislation and personal preparation programs that improve the quality of physical education and recreation for individuals with disabilities.

Spina Bifida Association (SBA)


The Spina Bifida Association (SBA) serves adults and children with Spina Bifida through education, advocacy, research, and service. SBA has chapters in more than 125 communities nationwide and touches thousands of people each year. It also provides resources and publications through the National Resource Center on Spina Bifida in Washington, DC.

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)


United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) is a leading service provider and advocate for children and adults with disabilities. One of the largest health nonprofits in the U.S., the UCP mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network. This includes approximately 100 local service providers, known as "affiliates," reaching more than 176,000 individuals and their families daily in the U.S., Australia, Canada, and the U.K. (Scotland).