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




Vera Institute of Justice

Vera Institute of Justice's goal is to help government partners achieve measurable improvements in the quality of justice they deliver and to share what they've learned with people around the world. Vera staff are leading more than two dozen separate projects that aim to reveal more about the meaning of justice even as they make a difference in the lives of individuals. Vera’s projects and reform initiatives, typically conducted in partnership with local, state, or national officials, are located across the United States and around the world. The result of Vera’s work: Justice systems that are fairer, more humane, and more effective for everyone.


International Association of Chiefs of Police

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is an organization that serves as the professional voice of law enforcement. IACP is a comprehensive professional organization that supports the law enforcement leaders of today and develops the leaders of tomorrow. Founded in 1893, the association's goals are to advance the science and art of police services; to develop and disseminate improved administrative, technical and operational practices and promote their use in police work; to foster police cooperation and the exchange of information and experience among police administrators throughout the world; to bring about recruitment and training in the police profession of qualified persons; and to encourage adherence of all police officers to high professional standards of performance and conduct.


National Association of School Resource Officers

The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) is dedicated to providing the highest quality of training to school-based law enforcement officers in order to promote safer schools and safer kids. NASRO, the world’s leader in school-based policing, is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1991 with a solid commitment to our nation’s youth. NASRO is an organization for school-based law enforcement officers, school administrators, and school security/safety professionals working as partners to protect students, school faculty and staff, and the schools they attend.



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.


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.


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.