Welcome to the Arizona Center for Disability Law

Who We Are.

The Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) is a not for profit public interest law firm, dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals with physical, mental, psychiatric, sensory and cognitive disabilities.

Who We Help.

We provide a variety of legal services to people with disabilities and/or disability-related problems.  We focus primarily on those cases in which individuals have nowhere else to go for legal support.

What We Do.

We provide information, outreach and training on legal rights and self-advocacy, represent individuals in negotiations, administrative proceedings and court, and investigate abuse and neglect.

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Recent News from the ACDL

Special Education for Students in Detention Centers, Prisons and Jails: IDEA Rights and Protections

Part 1 of a 3-Part Blog By Amanda Glass, Equal Justice Works Legal Fellow* In 2016, of the approximately 120,000 students receiving special education services in Arizona, 240 were receiving services in correctional facilities, such as detention centers, jails, juvenile correctional facilities, and prisons. These settings are called “secure care facilities.” The fact that a student with a disability has been charged with a…

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Is it Time to Think About High School Graduation?

It is never too soon to check in with your school district about proposed graduation plans for your son or daughter, if they are in special education and at least 16 years old. Some parents report that public school districts and charter schools act to graduate students with disabilities who have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) once they have completed their minimum required credit hours for graduation,…

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Jean Fairfax, Civil Rights Pioneer

ACDL celebrates the life and work of Jean Fairfax, an unsung heroine of the civil rights movement.  Ms. Fairfax committed her life to civil rights and social justice. She was a force for over 40 years from organizing black families in school desegregation cases in rural communities and led the effort to reform the National School Lunch program. Her work with both the NAACP Legal…

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