Disability Law

“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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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 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

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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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Planning Survey – What Disability Issues Are Most Important to You?

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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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Are You Planning to Vote?

What can my vote change?
Explore the reasons why voting is so important. Voting is an important way for you to express your opinions, make your voice heard and create positive change in your country and in people's lives. If you need help voting, this video can teach you what you need to know.
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9-1-1 Providers Sued for Denying Access to Deaf Citizens

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Phoenix, AZ — Deaf residents and the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) submitted a suit for filing today in Arizona federal court seeking direct access to 9-1-1 services through text. The lawsuit seeks to make 9-1-1 services in Arizona accessible to individuals with a disability, including individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. The lawsuit comes as few 9-1-1 centers around the country comply with federal law...
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