National Organizing Project

The National Organizing Project is an effort to advance direct action in support of disability rights and community living, made possible by the generous support of the Ford Foundation. The National Organizing Project creates a formal partnership between NCIL and ADAPT to support ADAPT chapters, promote direct action, and analyze and create policy to support people with disabilities. NCIL and ADAPT have a long history of cooperation that was strengthened during the #summerofADAPT, where ADAPT and NCIL worked together to advocate against healthcare reforms that would have had a devastating impact on people with disabilities. We look forward to strengthening this partnership.

The Ford Foundation is a philanthropic organization that seeks to reduce poverty and injustice, strengthen democratic values, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. In a statement last year, Ford Foundation president Darren Walker proclaimed the Ford Foundation’s commitment to funding disability rights initiatives. “[W]e will integrate an inclusive perspective across all of our grantmaking. As I’ve come to learn, the mantra of the disability community is ‘Nothing about us, without us’—words that ring true across our work.”

Says Kelly Buckland, Executive Director of the National Council on Independent Living: “We applaud Ford’s commitment to funding disability rights programs and we hope that this is only the beginning of a long and fruitful partnership. We’re also excited to work formally with ADAPT, a group that has long been intertwined with the work we do at NCIL.”

Bruce Darling, national ADAPT organizer and President of the NCIL Governing Board, says: “NCIL and ADAPT have long informed each other’s work. It is only natural that we come together to build on the momentum of the nationwide ADAPT actions during the summer of 2017. We thank the Ford Foundation for believing in this joint vision.”