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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ACDL Announces New Mission and Vision Statements

For the past 22 years, the Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) has been a champion of providing free legal services for persons with disabilities. ACDL is the federally-designated Protection and Advocacy System for the State of Arizona. The ACDL provides legal services to people who have a wide range of physical, mental, psychiatric, sensory and cognitive disabilities. 

In April 2017, the ACDL staff met to reflect, discuss, and plan for the future. During this meeting, the ACDL staff proposed new mission and vision statements to guide our agency into the future to further advance disability rights. The ACDL Board of Directors approved these new statements on April 28, 2017.

Below are the new mission and vision statements:

Mission Statement:  ACDL is a non-profit law firm that assists Arizonans with disabilities to promote and protect their legal rights to independence, justice, and equality.

Vision Statement:  A society where people with disabilities enjoy full acceptance without barriers.

 ACDL will work to fulfill its mission in all the services it provides to Arizonans with disabilities.

Recent News from the ACDL

Take Action to Save Disability Rights: Oppose Senate Bill 1406

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S.B. 1406 would take away the right of people with disabilities to file a lawsuit when they encounter a barrier. This bill would treat people with disabilities as second-class citizens. Watch a short video and learn more about this bill and what you can do to oppose it from the Arizona Disability Coalition.
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ACDL Files Complaints after Mohave County Fails to Accommodate Voter

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The Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) filed multiple complaints against Mohave County, Arizona, on behalf of Michael Lipshultz, a resident of Bullhead City and a person with a disability, for the County’s alleged failure to accommodate him at his polling place on Election Day last November.
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Text to 911 Lawsuit Advances

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In a critical landmark civil rights case, a federal court in Arizona ruled that the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and three individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing may proceed in their lawsuit seeking to have the State and numerous local governments implement text to 911 capabilities.
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