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A nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering parents of children with disabilities. Located in Washington, D.C., the National Parent Network on Disabilities (NPND) provides up-to-date information on the activities of all three branches of government that affect individuals with disabilities and their families. The NPND's primary activities include advocating for and supporting the development and implementation of legislation that will improve the lives and protect the rights of children, youth, and adults with disabilities. Members include individuals and family members, as well as national, state, and local organizations that represent the interests of individuals with disabilities.

The network was formally established in December 1988, but traces its origins to a much earlier time when pioneer parent leaders sought a structured national presence representing the interests and needs of all parents of children with disabilities and special health-care needs.

In 1976 five parent center coalitions were established with federal funding to provide information, training, and support to parents of children with disabilities. The initial parent center coalitions were effective, and by 1983 the federal government had expanded the program. As of 1995 there were 76 Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) located in all states and jurisdictions, serving more than 750,000 parents and their families. In 1989 the NPND established its first office in Washington, D.C.

National Reye's Syndrome Foundation Nonprofit citizen group incorporated in 1974, in Bryan, Ohio, to generate an organized movement to eradicate reye's syndrome. The foundation is committed to helping to educate the public and medical communities about the risk involved with the use of aspirin through awareness programs, brochures, bulletins, television and radio public service announcements, documentary and slide/tape presentations, and a speaker's bureau available to groups and organizations free of charge. The foundation also tries to give the families emotional support and guidance, and to support research into the cause, management, treatment, and prevention of the disease, as well as study the impact the disease has had on survivors. (For contact information, see Appendix I.)

National Safe Kids Campaign The first and only national nonprofit organization dedicated solely to the prevention of unintentional childhood injury, the number one killer of children ages 14 and under. More than 300 state and local Safe Kids coalitions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico comprise the Campaign.

The National Safe Kids Campaign communicates prevention messages directly to children and their families through national programs involving media events, device distribution, and hands-on educational activities to get communities more involved in the children's safety. The programs include National Safe Kids Week, Safe Kids Buckle Up, Safe Kids Walk This Way, and Safe Kids At Home.

National Safety Council The nation's leading advocate for safety and health, founded in 1913 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1953. The National Safety Council has been working for generations to protect lives and promote health with innovative programs. The Council is a nonprofit, nongovernmental, international public service organization dedicated to improving the safety, health, and environmental well-being of all people.

The National Safety Council started in the workplace—in factories, warehouses, construction sites—making businesses aware of ways to prevent unintentional injuries on the job. Subsequently, its efforts were expanded to include highway, community, and recreation safety; and its mission now encompasses all major causes of preventable injuries and deaths, including occupational and environmental health and general wellness. Along with its national responsibilities, the Council carries out its mission on the community level through a network of chapters.

National Scoliosis Foundation A patient-led nonprofit organization dedicated since 1976 to helping children, parents, adults, and health-care providers to understand the complexities of spinal deformities such as scoliosis. The foundation is involved in all aspects of scoliosis support, including

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