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picture of circle of handsA key component in achieving COPAA’s mission is collaboration with other organizations and coalitions that share our values and support our work. Some of COPAA’s current collaborative activities include: Alliance in Support of Athletics Opportunity for Students with DisabilitiesThis coalition is working to expand physical activity and athletic opportunities for individuals with disabilities in educational institutions. Individuals with and without disabilities, female and male, must be provided with equal opportunities and resources to participate in school-based athletic programs. See for recent GAO report.


Alliance to Prevent Restraint, Aversive Interventions and Seclusion (APRAIS)
COPAA works with 18 other national organizations for the prevention of the use of restraint, seclusion and aversive interventions in our nations public schools.

American Bar Association Section of Litigation Children’s Rights Litigation Committee (CRLC)
COPAA is working in collaboration with the ABA to produce a national outcome report from the summit: Raising our Hands: Creating a National Strategy for Children’s Right to Education and Counsel to complete a national outcome report. COPAA’s interest in this issue stems from widely reported accounts that children with disabilities are being routinely ejected into alternative schools, denied access to an education with their peers and appropriate educational services. Behavioral Intervention Plans are often ineffective; Functional Behavioral Assessments, poorly conducted. Increasingly, school districts are sending children to face criminal charges for relatively minor incidents.

Center for Law and Education - The Center for Law and Education (CLE) strives to make the right of all students to quality education a reality and to help enable communities to address their own education problems effectively, with an emphasis on assistance to low-income students.


Coalition for Teacher Quality - COPAA is one of 84 broad and diverse organizations working to promote and support the creation of a stable supply of qualified, effective educators for all communities, we put forward the following principles for ESEA and HEA Title II reauthorization.


The Collaboration for the Promotion of Self Determination (CPSD) is an advocacy network of national disability organizations committed, through the pursuit of high-impact, innovative public policy reform, to empowering those with complex disabilities.

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD)
COPAA is a longstanding member of this national consortium of approximately 100 associations dedicated to the improvement of disability policy. Our work with CCD centers around its Task Force on Education to design and advocate for improvements in special education policies based on the identified needs of children with disabilities and their families.

Dignity in Schools Campaign - The Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) challenges the systemic problem of pushout in our nation's schools and advocates for the human right of every child to a quality education and to be treated with dignity. The DSC unites parents, youth, educators and advocates in a campaign to promote local and national alternatives to a culture of zero-tolerance, punishment and removal.

TASH People of Color Initiative
COPAA participated in this project of TASH, along with five other national organizations, to develop an organizational self-assessment tool to assist non-profit disability advocacy organizations to achieve cultural and linguistic diversity.

Interested in collaborating with COPAA on an initiative related to our mission?  Contact us today.

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