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Advocacy

Provided below are a variety of online resources designed to encourage community advocacy.

Politics & Government

Open States - Discover Politics in Indiana

Open States is a collection of tools that make it possible for citizens to track what is happening in their state's capitol by aggregating information from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Open States is a project of the Sunlight Foundation.

Click here to visit the Open States Website

Political Party Time

From the early hours of the morning until late in the evening, politicians are breaking bread and sipping cocktails with donors. Sunlight’s Political Party Time website lets you know who’s fundraising and where.

Click here to visit the Political Party Time Website

CapitolWords

For every day Congress is in session, Capitol Words visualizes the most frequently used words in the Congressional Record, giving you an at-a-glance view of which issues lawmakers address on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis. Capitol Words lets you see what are the most popular words spoken by lawmakers on the House and Senate floor.

Click here to view the Capitol Words Website

Open Secrets - Center for Responsive Politics

Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, the Center for Responsive Politics is the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy.

Click here to visit the Open Secrets Website

Children & Family

Indiana Child Advocates

Indiana Child Advocates

Every day, there are hundreds of abused and neglected Hoosier children who go to court alone and have no one to advocate for their interests. Many children do not attend court so their voice is silent—no one speaks for these children and tells the court what they need while they are in the foster care system. We mobilize, train and empower volunteers who make a difference by helping judges make informed decisions about what is best for the child’s future.

Click here for more information on Indiana Child Advocates

Indiana Children and Nature Network

Indiana Children and Nature Network (ICAN) is a network of Indiana organizations, businesses, and individuals encouraging children to spend more time outdoors for their physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Click here for more information on ICAN

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks has grown into the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. 

Click here for more information on Autism Speaks 

Civil Liberties

American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana

The ACLU works to empower citizens to take an active role in defending their civil liberties. When citizens advocate, they express their concerns and priorities, press for recognition of their rights and insist on the importance of their voice in public policy.

Click here for more information on the ACLU of Indiana

Equality

Indiana Coalition for Human Services

 ICHS is a nonpartisan coalition, of over 25 organizations, that educates decision makers and the community on fact-based human service policy which emphasizes quality outcomes for Hoosiers, and ultimately the State of Indiana. We invest in, protect and advocate for children, people with disabilities, senior citizens and hard-working families who are trying to make a better life for themselves.

Click here for more information on the Indiana Coalition of Human Services

IN Source Special Education Parent Support

Providing Indiana families and service providers the information and training necessary to assure effective educational programs and appropriate services for children and young adults with disabilities.

Click here for more information on IN Source

Olmstead Rights

Olmstead is the most important U.S. Supreme Court decision for people with disabilities.  The 1999 Supreme Court decision was based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Click here for more information on Olmstead Rights