Disability Law

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 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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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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“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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Texting 911 Capability Now Available in Maricopa County

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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 Asks Arizona Counties to Enable Text-to-911 Services

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On July 26, 2017, the country celebrates the 27th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Today, in recognition of this anniversary, ACDL, the National Association of the Deaf, and Stein & Vargas, LLP sent a letter to each County Regional 911 Coordinator to ask that they make text-to-911 services available in their respective counties.
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Take Action to Save Disability Rights: Oppose Senate Bill 1406

Sign in front of public buildings with hashtag No Access AZ
S.B. 1406 would take away the right of people with disabilities to file a lawsuit when they encounter a barrier. This bill would treat people with disabilities as second-class citizens. Watch a short video and learn more about this bill and what you can do to oppose it from the Arizona Disability Coalition.
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Text to 911 Lawsuit Advances

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In a critical landmark civil rights case, a federal court in Arizona ruled that the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and three individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing may proceed in their lawsuit seeking to have the State and numerous local governments implement text to 911 capabilities.
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Settlement of EEOC Disability Discrimination Charge

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Maricopa County will pay $100,000 and provide other relief to settle a disability discrimination charge filed by Complainant Roberta Bonaski, a former long-term employee of the Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT). Ms. Bonaski was represented by Arizona Center for Disability Law Staff Attorney Maya Abela.
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