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

ACDL Files Lawsuit against Arizona State Hospital for Denied Access to Patients

On September 12, the Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) filed a lawsuit against the Arizona State Hospital (ASH) and the Arizona Department of Health Services for refusing to provide access to the facilities and patients of the ASH system. Under the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Act, ACDL is required to monitor the conditions of facilities housing individuals with mental…

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“Fake” Service Animal law does not license to violate the ADA’s service animal protections

Joining at least 20 other states, a new provision in Arizona’s service animal law makes it illegal to “fraudulently misrepresent” any animal as a service animal to a public place or business. The law carries a civil penalty of up to $250 for each violation. A service animal is a dog or miniature horse that is trained (or being trained) to perform work for…

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ACDL sends letter to AZ County Attorneys, Encouraging Text to 9-1-1 Services

On August 1, the Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL), Stein and Vargas, a Washington, D.C. based law firm, and the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) sent a letter to 13 Arizona county attorney offices, requesting that they take steps in joining Maricopa County and Lake Havasu City in providing Text-to-9-1-1 services for their area. Those counties must confirm no later than September 30, 2018 that they have has agreed…

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