NCCJD Partners

NCCJD strongly believes our success is directly linked to the amount of meaningful collaboration we can create between the disability and criminal justice fields. With that in mind, and for well over ten years, The Arc has intentionally built strong ties and alliances with other like-minded advocates and agencies, culminating in the network of partner agencies seen below.

NCCJD's partner network shares the common goals of promoting the safety and supporting the rights of people with I/DD involved in, or at risk of involvement in, the criminal justice system.

Law Enforcement

International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement

International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Trainings (IADLEST)

The International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) researches, develops, and shares information, ideas, and innovations which assist states in establishing effective and defensible standards for employment and training of law enforcement officers and, in some states, correctional officers. With a focus on criminal justice training, IADLEST offers members an opportunity to exchange ideas with other staining and standards managers, and to compare progress on the national level.

National Sheriffs' Association

The National Sheriff's Association

Established in 1940, NSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among those in the criminal justice and public safety fields. Through the years, NSA has been involved in numerous programs and trainings and other resources to enable sheriffs, their deputies, and others in the field of criminal justice to perform their jobs in the best possible manner and to better serve the people of their jurisdictions.

Police Executive Research Forum

Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)

The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) is a police research organization and a provider of management services, technical assistance, and executive-level education to support law enforcement agencies. PERF helps to improve the delivery of police services through the exercise of strong national leadership; public debate of police and criminal justice issues; and research and policy development. PERF has an extensive history of measuring all aspects of police agency performance, striving to find the best policing practices, and disseminating that knowledge to police agencies. PERF’s groundbreaking projects on use-of-force issues and crime reduction strategies have earned it a prominent position in the police community.

The Police Foundation

The Police Foundation

The purpose of the Police Foundation is to help the police be more effective in doing their job, whether it be deterring robberies, intervening in potentially injurious family disputes, or working to improve relationships between the police and the communities they serve. To accomplish our mission, we work closely with police officers and police agencies across the country, and it is in their hard work and contributions that our accomplishments are rooted.


ABA Center on Children and the Law

The American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law

The American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law improves children's lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice, and public policy. The Center is a full-service technical assistance, training, and research program addressing a broad spectrum of law and court-related topics affecting children. A new focus on children with disabilities has resulted in an article series in the Center’s Child Law Practice, training curricula, and forthcoming book on understanding, communicating with, and accommodating child victims with disabilities in the criminal justice system.

National Disability Rights Network

National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)

The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Programs (CAP). Collectively, the P&A/CAP network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States. NDRN’s top priority is to obtain increased appropriations for the programs that fund the P&A/CAP network. They also provide training and technical assistance to members on a broad range of topics.


American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)

Since 1876, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) has sought to enhance the capacity of disability professionals and to participate in the development of a fully inclusive society. With over 5,000 members in the United States and in 55 countries worldwide, AAIDD is a tireless promoter of progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Autism Society of America

Autism Society of America

Founded in 1965, the Autism Society, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. The Autism Society increases public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocates for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and provides the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy. Through its strong national network of affiliates, the Autism Society has spearheaded numerous pieces of state and local legislation.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Alliance on Mental Illness (Crisis Intervention Program)

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides easy-to-understand information about mental illnesses, mental health care, diagnosis, treatment and recovery; education, programs and services for people whose lives have been affected by serious mental illness; support both online and through local chapters; and advocacy in a wide array of areas. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.

National Association of Dual Diagnoses

National Association of Dual Diagnosis (NADD)

The National Association of Dual Diagnoses (NADD) is a not-for-profit membership association established for professionals, care providers, and families to promote understanding of and services for individuals who have developmental disabilities and mental health needs. Through promotion of excellence in mental health care, NADD seeks to advance mental wellness for persons with developmental disabilities through a sustained effort by the professional community.


National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disability Services (NASDDDS)

The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disability Services (NASDDDS) seeks to assist member state agencies in building person-centered systems of services and supports for people with disabilities. Through timely analyses of federal statutory and regulatory provisions, dissemination of cutting edge information on state-of-the-art programs and service delivery practices, technical assistance, and support to members, NASDDDS promotes high-quality supports to people with developmental disabilities.

National Down Syndrome Society

National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS)

The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations and become valued members of welcoming communities. Since the 1980s, NDSS has engaged in ongoing efforts to increase general public awareness and acceptance of people with Down Syndrome.

National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS)

The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) strives to prevent alcohol use during pregnancy and supports individuals and families living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). NOFAS educates the public, practitioners, and policymakers about the risk of alcohol use during pregnancy and FASD, the leading known preventable cause of brain damage, developmental disabilities, and birth defects, and a leading known cause of learning disabilities and behavioral problems in children, adolescents, and adults. Promoting national policies to ensure services for individuals and families is high on the list among NOFAS’s strategic objectives.


SafePlace Disability and Awareness Program

SafePlace envisions a community free of rape, sexual abuse, and domestic violence. Through Disability Services ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program), SafePlace provides training and education to help increase awareness about and prevent sexual and domestic violence and abuse. Through custom designed presentations and trainings for disability service providers, domestic and sexual violence staff and criminal justice personnel, the program offers technical assistance and consultation to individuals and organizations seeking guidance to reduce the risks of abuse against individuals with disabilities or to enhance accessibility to persons with disabilities.

Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered

Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE)

Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) is the self-advocacy organization of the United States. Founded in 1990, SABE has been working hard for the full inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in the community and seeks to ensure that people with disabilities are treated as equals and that they are given the same decisions, choices, rights, responsibilities, and chances to speak up to empower themselves; opportunities to make new friends; and to learn from their mistakes.


Temple University Institute on Disabilities

Temple University Institute on Disabilities Criminal Justice / First Responders Program

The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University is one of the sixty-seven University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The program provides information, training and products which focus on the interaction between the criminal justice system and people with disabilities.