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What we do

PWDF works to educate the public while promoting social changes to guarantee that individuals with mental and/or developmental impairments can achieve equal opportunities in all aspects of life. PWDF’s mission is achieved through direct advocacy and public education.

Direct Advocacy

PWDF provides legal representation of and consultations for individuals with mental and/or developmental disabilities on Social Security benefits and issues under the Social Security Administration (SSA) and in federal court. PWDF also provides representation in employment, postsecondary education, health care and housing.

Public Education

PWDF’s education program is designed to increase the awareness and sensitivity of employers, HR managers, vocational rehabilitation counselors, psychotherapists, social workers, health care providers, educators, and the general public to issues related to psychiatric and developmental disabilities.