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: Dispute Resolution

By Amanda Glass, Equal Justice Works Legal Fellow * Although the federal laws and regulations governing special education encourage parents and public education agencies to work collaboratively in the best interests of children, disputes sometimes arise. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its implementing regulations require states to develop specific methods for resolving special education disputes, including mediation, due process complaints, and…

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ACDL Encourages ADE to Provide Better Guidance to Students with Disabilities Concerning Graduation

The month of May is a time of celebration for many high school graduates and their families.  However, some students with disabilities face struggles related to graduation.  Recently, the Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) submitted written position statements encouraging the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) to finalize and issue desperately-needed guidance to Arizona school districts to ensure they comply with the federally-protected rights…

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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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