ACDL News

Mask Policies in Arizona Schools: Information and Tools to Support Students with Disabilities

By: Jessica Jansepar Ross, Esq.* Disponible en español aquí Available in ASL here The Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) has received many calls from parents because their children’s school districts refuse to require that other students and direct care or teaching staff wear masks. For students with disabilities who are at increased risk of serious illness from COVID-19, mask requirements for students and […]
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Education, Justice Depts Issue Fact Sheet on Supporting Students at Risk of Self Harm During COVID-19 Crisis

In recognition of World Mental Health Day, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the U.S. Department of Justice jointly issued a fact sheet to support students with mental health disabilities, their families, and their schools in the era of COVID-19. The Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) recognizes the disproportionate impact that the pandemic has had on students with […]
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The 2019 Public Charge Rule Is No Longer in Effect: Immigrant Families Will Not Be Punished for Accessing Certain Government Services

By: Rafael Camacho Jr.* Disponible en español aquí متوفر باللغة العربية هنا/mutawafir biallughat alearabiat huna Available in ASL Here    Immigrants in the United States have long feared losing their immigration status based on the public charge rule that dates back to the 1882 Immigration Act. As a result of this fear, eligible immigrants have avoided (and continue to avoid) gaining access to government […]
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Open Captioning Available for Phoenix Suns and Mercury Games

Coming on the heels of this summer’s anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and as an important piece of its recent significant renovation efforts, The Footprint Center, in conjunction with Civil Rights Education & Enforcement Center (CREEC) and Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL), is pleased to announce the provision of open captioning for all home Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury games at […]
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Low-Income Households Can Receive Lower Internet Bills Through the FCC

ASL Here En Espanol Aqui On May 12, 2021, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) created a new program called the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB), designed to help qualifying low-income households receive discounts on their monthly internet and broadband service bills. The program aims to remove the price barrier to reliable internet service that many low-income and underprivileged households face during the COVID-19 pandemic. For […]
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Federal District Court Judge Rules ACDL Voting Rights Litigation Will Continue

Historically, individuals with disabilities have often faced many barriers with access and opportunity at the polls. While different voting rights laws – the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requiring equal access to the voting process and reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities, and the Help America Vote Act ensuring the right to a private and independent vote and requiring at least one accessible voting […]
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Text-to-911 Now Available Throughout Arizona

ASL translation En Espanol This blog post shares the status regarding ACDL’s landmark ADA settlements under which Text-to-911 has been deployed throughout Arizona. Background about the Enos et al v. Maricopa County and State of Arizona lawsuit and settlements can be found HERE. The Arizona Department of Administration’s Arizona 9-1-1 Program made funding available for all Arizona counties to implement Text-to-9-1-1 beginning August 3, […]
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Take the ACDL Survey!

The Arizona Center for Disability Law provides legal services to people who have a wide range of physical, mental, psychiatric, sensory, and cognitive disabilities. As Arizona’s Protection and Advocacy (P&A) system and Client Assistance Program (CAP), we are developing areas of focus for the upcoming 2022 fiscal year that starts October 1, 2021. We want to know what disability issues are most important to […]
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In Memoriam of John Gutierrez

John Gutierrez is the example of the person that we all want to be. Someone who loved his family and friends and dedicated his work to helping others. John’s hard work, dedication, and sense of humor is something we will always carry with us and we hope that we can display those same characteristics, especially in trying times. John was a leader in the […]
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Graduation of Students with Disabilities: How Can I Ensure My Child Graduates in 4 Years?

By Amanda Glass, Staff Attorney EN ESPANOL ASL VIDEO If you and your student’s goal is to graduate high school in 4 years with their peers, this post discusses what is required for students with disabilities to graduate and how families can ensure that their student is on-track to meet those requirements and earn a high school diploma. Requirements to Graduate To receive a […]
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