ACDL News

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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State Agrees to Provide $1.36 Million for Counties for Future Implementation of Text to 9-1-1 Services

On June 12, U.S. District Judge John J. Tuchi signed an order approving a settlement between the State of Arizona and plaintiffs in the Text-to-9-1-1 lawsuit that will advance Text-to-9-1-1 deployment across Arizona. In 2016, the Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) and Stein and Vargas, a Washington, D.C. based law firm, filed a lawsuit on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf […]
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Maricopa County Deputy Registrar Training

Interested in the voting process and live in Maricopa County? Then come to a Deputy Registrar training on one of the following dates: July 24, August 14 or September 11, held at Ability360, 5025 E. Washington Street, Phoenix. This is a two hour training for deputy registrars. Deputy registrars will represent the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office at events across the county registering voters. This […]
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Texting 911 Capability Now Available in Maricopa County

9-1-1 Call if you can text if you can't
This week, Text to 9-1-1 became a reality in Maricopa County. Text to 9-1-1 provides meaningful access to individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities to First Responders through the use of any phone with texting capabilities. It is also a great addition in improving public safety in the region.
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ACDL Files Complaints after Mohave County Fails to Accommodate Voter

Voting Booths
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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ACDL Helps Toddler with Rare Condition Get Medically Necessary Breastmilk

Woman processing breastmilk in sterile lab
On February 8, 2017, United HealthCare (UHC) and the Arizona Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) reversed its prior denial of medically necessary breastmilk for Kallista Smith, a 17-month-old baby with a disability. Kallista needs low-dairy breastmilk as her sole nutrition because of severe intolerance and allergies to formulas and food. Although her medical team looks for alternative nutritional sources, it is a slow process and breastmilk keeps Kallista alive.
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Planning Survey – What Disability Issues Are Most Important to You?

Hand checking boxes in a survey questionnaire
Arizona’s Protection and Advocacy system and Client Assistance Program is developing its goals and areas of focus for the upcoming 2017 fiscal year. We want to know what disability issues are most important to you and this survey is one way for us to learn what you have on your mind. Please help us by taking a few minutes to complete the survey.
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ACDL’s 20 Year Anniversary Event

ACDL Executive Director J.J. Rico with 20th Anniversary event attendees
On May 15, 2015, the ACDL celebrated its 20th anniversary. It was an empowering evening! We honored a great individual and a law firm, both of whom exemplify ACDL’s vision for the future and are committed to social justice. ACDL’s Vision Award was bestowed upon Judge Randall Howe. Judge Howe exemplifies ACDL’s vision statement that one day we shall live in “A society that […]
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