The Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) understands that confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Arizona is a serious concern. We continue to closely follow reliable information to make appropriate, fact-based, timely decisions, and recommendations. We know that many people with disabilities are at higher risk and that the disability community will be disproportionately affected by an outbreak.
ACDL is committed to continuing our services to protect and advocate for people with disabilities. If you have been denied access to necessary services due to COVID-19 or feel that your legal rights have been violated, please contact us at 1-800-927-2260.
Through this unprecedented time:
- ACDL office and staff phone lines are open during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.).
- ACDL intake phone lines (1-800-927-2260) are open 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
- Intakes may also be submitted online at https://www.azdisabilitylaw.org/getting-help/#online-intake-form
- You may also reach ACDL via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are updated links to information, including our blogs on topics concerning COVID-19 and various issues such as education, health care, housing, etc.
Special Education Services: How are they impacted by this outbreak?
The Department of Education has issued guidelines on when and how students with disabilities will receive special education services during this time. https://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/memosdcltrs/qa-covid-19-03-12-2020.pdf
ACDL has the following for students with disabilities and their families:
- COVID SPED Resource – Created by ACDL for Arizona families of students with disabilities.
- NDRN Resource List — A list of special education resources compiled by the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN).
- Resources for AZ Families During COVID — A list of Arizona specific resources compiled by the William E. Morris Institute for Justice.
ACDL also has the following resources on education issues:
- Back-to-School for Students with Disabilities
- In Celebration of the ADA’s 30th Anniversary, Reviewing the Power of the ADA in Higher Education Settings
- Guerra v. WLAC- Understanding the ADA after 30 years
- Guidance from U.S. Department of Education Clarifies Dispute Resolution Options Are Still Available During COVID-19
- ACDL and Partners Present Webinar Series on Impact of School Closures on Students with Disabilities
- Special Education Evaluations During COVID-19
- Tips for Making and Evaluating Compensatory Education Proposals
- Additional Information About Compensatory Education and Tips for Gathering Data to Support a Compensatory Education Request
- Tips for Requesting an IEP Meeting to Discuss Compensatory Education When Schools Open Following the Pandemic
- New Guidance from Department of Education during COVID-19
- Special Education Services: How are they impacted by this outbreak?
- Medicare has posted information concerning COVID-19 and benefits. Please click on the link for information.
- Medicaid has posted information concerning COVID-19. Please click on the link for information.
- AHCCCS has posted information concerning COVID-19. Please click on the link for information.
ACDL also has the following resources on health care issues:
- Disability and Accessible Medical Care in the time of COVID-19
- Hospital Visitation Updates for Individuals with Disabilities
- Crisis Standards of Care Must be Revised for At-Risk Populations during COVID-19 Crisis
- ACDL Asks AZ Mayors to Consider Face Mask Exceptions during COVID-19 Crisis
- Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA)
ACDL also has the following resources on employment issues:
- Disability in the Workplace: Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation
- Disability in the Workplace: The Interactive Process
- Disability in the Workplace: Is my accommodation reasonable?
- Disability in the Workplace: Is my disability protected under the ADA?
- Disability in the Workplace: Is my employer covered under the ADA?
ACDL also has the following resources on housing issues:
- Covering the Cost of Reasonable Modifications on Homes and Rentals
- Governor Ducey Extends COVID-19 Eviction Protections Until October 31
- HUD and Arizona Governor’s Office Announce Foreclosure and Eviction Protection Plans
- Social Security has posted information concerning COVID-19 and benefits. Please click on the link for information.
Know Your Rights
If you have been denied access to necessary services due to COVID-19 or feel that your legal rights have been violated, contact ACDL:
Local: (602) 274-6287
Toll-Free (within AZ): 1-800-927-2260
For More Information
Arizona Department of Health Services: https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/index.php#novel-coronavirus-home
Or call their hotline: 1-844-542-8201.
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