ACDL News

ACDL Statement on Arizona Mandatory Curfew Order, May 31, 2020

As a result of the protests of the murder of George Floyd and the gatherings that have followed, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued a mandatory curfew order to start tonight at 8 p.m. This order is to last one week and will end at 5 a.m. each morning during this time.   ACDL is making certain that this Executive Order does not violate the […]
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Special Education Evaluations During COVID-19

En Español AQUI ASL Video HERE School closures related to COVID-19 have impacted all students, particularly students with disabilities. ACDL has received multiple calls from families of students with disabilities who have questions about their child’s right to be evaluated for special education while schools are closed as a result of COVID-19. This blog post is intended to provide families with general legal information […]
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Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA)

En Español AQUI ASL Video HERE ACDL wants you to stay informed about COVID-19 relief that may apply to members of the disability community. The pandemic poses unique problems for parents or guardians of children with disabilities. The Family and Medical Leave Act was enacted in 1993 and provides qualified employees with 12 weeks of job paid unprotected leave per year. In response to […]
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FFCRA and EFMLEA Provide Additional Protections for Employees Affected by COVID-19

En Español AQUI ASL Video HERE ACDL wants you to stay informed about COVID-19 relief that may apply to members of the disability community. The pandemic poses unique problems for individuals with underlying conditions and parents of children with disabilities. This blog post and tomorrow’s blog post will cover two new laws that may affect you and your family. On March 18, 2020, Congress […]
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Special Education during COVID-19-related School Closures (En Español)

ASL Video HERE School closures related to COVID-19 have impacted all students, particularly students with disabilities. It is important that our state education agency, the Arizona Department of Education, hear from parents and family members of students with disabilities about challenges and concerns related to distance learning. If you have a concern about your student’s special education at this time, and you have not […]
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Taxi Riders with Mobility Disabilities to be Charged the Same Fare as Other Customers

ASL Video HERE On April 9, 2020, transportation advocates Bill Stokes and Donna Powers, the Arizona chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (AzPVA) reached an agreement with Total Transit Inc. (TTI), Total Transit Enterprises, LLC (TTE), and National Express Transit Corporation, Inc. (NExT) that ends a $10.00 fee that the company charged to all retail taxi passengers who requested a taxi van—including riders […]
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Tips for Making and Evaluating Compensatory Education Proposals

This blog post is the third post in a three-part series offering tips and information to support parents seeking compensatory education for their child because of the denial of a free appropriate public education (FAPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our last post provided information about compensatory education and tips for gathering useful data to share with the school to support a compensatory education request. […]
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HUD and Arizona Governor’s Office Announce Foreclosure and Eviction Protection Plans

EN ESPANOL AQUI ASL Video HERE COVID-19 is creating financial turmoil for many individuals.  With job loss and furloughs affecting an individual’s ability to pay their rent or mortgage, The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and The Arizona Governor’s Office have enacted measures to protect these individuals from evictions and foreclosures. HUD On March 18, 2020, Secretary Ben Carson announced a plan […]
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Additional Information About Compensatory Education and Tips for Gathering Data to Support a Compensatory Education Request

This blog post is the second post in a three-part series offering tips and information to support parents seeking compensatory education for their child because of the denial of a free appropriate public education (FAPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Yesterday’s post provided tips and a template letter to request an IEP meeting to determine whether compensatory education is required.  Today’s blog post provides more […]
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Tips for Requesting an IEP Meeting to Discuss Compensatory Education When Schools Open Following the Pandemic

Both the U.S. Department of Education and the Arizona Department of Education have stated that if a free appropriate public education (FAPE) cannot be provided to a student during extended closures due to COVID-19, then the student may be entitled to compensatory education once school resumes.  This blog post provides information and resources for parents to act proactively to request compensatory education because of […]
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