ACDL News

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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ACDL Announces FREE Special Education Legal Assistance for Arizona Foster Youth

Para obtener más información, consulte nuestro folleto en español aquí. The Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL), with the support of Greenberg Traurig LLP, is bringing FREE special education legal services to children in Arizona’s foster care system. This project that aims to improve access to special education and mental health services for children in Arizona’s foster care system through direct client services, community trainings, […]
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ACDL to partner in Pilot Project for Supported Decision-Making Information and Training

The Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) is partnering with the Southwest Institute for Families and Children and The Arc of Arizona in establishing of a supported decision-making information and training pilot project funded through a grant from Arizona’s Developmental Disabilities Planning Council. Geared to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), family members, caretakers, and other stakeholders, the program aims to achieve two […]
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It’s Never Too Early to Think About High School Graduation

School has just started, but it is not too soon to check in with your school district about proposed graduation plans for your son or daughter, if they are in special education and at least 16 years old. Some parents report that public school districts and charter schools act to graduate students with disabilities who have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) once they have completed […]
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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 give 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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