Press Releases

Give to ACDL This Season!

As ACDL celebrated its 25th Anniversary this year, I am extremely thankful for the growth we have experienced as an organization and grateful for the incredible services we continue to provide to people with disabilities in Arizona. As we look towards the next 25 years, the focus will be to keep pace with the growing demand for representation. This year, we directly served over 1,200 […]
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ACDL Settles Lawsuit against Arizona State Hospital for Facility and Patient Access

On November 12, 2019, the Arizona Center for Disability settled a lawsuit against the Arizona State Hospital (ASH) and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). ACDL filed this lawsuit in 2018 to ensure it had the access necessary to monitor ASH facilities and ensure patients are not subject to abuse and neglect, as required by law. Under the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals […]
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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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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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Special Report: Preventing Sexual Abuse of Arizonans with Developmental Disabilities

The Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (ADDPC) has released a report with recommendations for the Arizona State Legislature and state agencies to prevent sexual abuse of Arizonans with developmental disabilities. ACDL has partnered with the ADDPC on this very important issue. The report “Sexual Abuse of Arizonans with Developmental and Other Disabilities” includes specific actions state agencies, providers, families, and others should take to […]
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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 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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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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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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