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 Asks Arizona Superior Courts to Improve Access to Justice for People with Disabilities

Court websites are a good place for parties to a lawsuit, witnesses, jurors, and court visitors with disabilities to get information about court services.  Using several measures from the National Center for Access to Justice’s (NCAJ’s) Disability Access Index, ACDL recently surveyed Arizona County Superior Court websites.  ACDL looked at whether the court websites listed information about how to request accommodations or report disability…

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Identifying the “Parent” in “Parental Consent” to Improve Outcomes for Foster Youth in Special Education

By Amanda Glass, Equal Justice Works Legal Fellow* Navigating the world of Special Education can be a challenge for anyone, even those experienced with the issue. But for Arizona foster children, that challenge is magnified. Arizona foster children are twice as likely to be eligible for special education, but are less likely to receive that special education due to challenges like lack of school stability.…

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ACDL Begins New Program to Improve Oversight of Social Security Representative Payees

A new program to improve the oversight of Social Security Administration (SSA) benefits managed by representative payees has been announced by the Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL). On April 13, 2018, the Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act was signed into law. This legislation authorizes the nation’s Protection & Advocacy (P&A) system to conduct reviews of the SSA’s Representative Payee Program. A…

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