ACDL News

ACDL Announces Back-to-School Special Education Coaching Sessions

The Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) provides special education legal advocacy and resources to hundreds of Arizonans each year. In an effort to reach students with disabilities and their families before the start of the new school year, ACDL will be offering a limited number of over-the-phone “coaching” sessions to callers who have questions about special education. This new initiative provides an opportunity […]
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ACDL Announces New Infographics and Template Letters

ACDL is excited to announce the addition of template letters and infographics. The template letters are designed to provide users with an example of how to format a letter and what content the letter should include. The following template letters are now available in the Self-Advocacy Guides section including: Addressing Pregnancy-Related Discrimination Medical Provider Letter Premature Graduation Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation The new infographics […]
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Special Education for Students in Correctional Facilities: Who Is Responsible?

Special Education for Students in Correctional Facilities: Who Is Responsible?  By Amanda Glass*, Equal Justice Works Legal Fellow   This is the final blog post in our three-part series on special education for youth in correctional facilities. In our first post, we provided an overview of the right of students with disabilities to receive special education in correctional facilities. In our second post, we […]
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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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Jean Fairfax, Civil Rights Pioneer

ACDL celebrates the life and work of Jean Fairfax, an unsung heroine of the civil rights movement.  Ms. Fairfax committed her life to civil rights and social justice. She was a force for over 40 years from organizing black families in school desegregation cases in rural communities and led the effort to reform the National School Lunch program. Her work with both the NAACP Legal […]
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Recap of 2019 African American Conference on Disabilities

The 8th Annual African American Conference on Disabilities was a great success! Over 300 people participated in sessions that covered topics from Preventing Abuse of People with Disabilities, Addressing Mental Health in the African American Community and Child Advocacy and the African American Family, among others.  Participants also heard from several guest speakers, including Maria Cristina Fuentes, Director of the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family, Rep. […]
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ACDL Board Member Opportunity

The Arizona Center for Disability Law, the Protection and Advocacy (P&A) system for Arizonans with disabilities is seeking nominations for its Board of Directors.   Our Mission The Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) is a non-profit law firm that assists Arizonans with disabilities to promote and protect their legal rights to independence, justice, and equality. Our Work ACDL is mandated by federal laws […]
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Save the Date! ACDL’s 25th Anniversary Celebration

The Arizona Center for Disability Law is celebrating 25 years of advancing disability rights. Join us as we honor Tim Hogan, former Executive Director of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest & Arizona State Representative Jennifer Longdon. This 25th Anniversary event will include music, food, drink, and a silent auction, with all proceeds benefitting ACDL’s work in advancing the rights of Arizonans […]
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