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The 2021 African American Conference on Disabilities: 3 Sessions, 8 Workshops, 11,000 Attendees in February, 2021

African American Conference on Disabilities
The 2021 African American Conference on Disabilities featured outstanding content delivered by leading disability experts, lawyers, advocates, academics and others from across the country. You will hear stories that will move you. One of the highlights of this conference is the sharing of lived experiences and how disability and race intersect in all areas of our lives, including the classroom, the workplace, marketplace—especially during this time of COVID-19.
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COVID-19 Vaccination Sites: Accessibility and Accommodation Resources for People with Disabilities

ASL VIDEO HERE EN ESPANOL AQUI Eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine was recently expanded in Arizona to include all individuals 16 and older at State-operated vaccination sites in Maricopa, Pima, and Yuma counties. Each county also operates additional vaccination sites and may have different prioritizations, so it is important to check with your county health department about vaccine eligibility if you intend to sign […]
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COVID 19 One Year Later: Disability Community’s Continued Need for Equity in Vaccination Distribution

One year ago the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic. To date, we have lost 16,519 Arizonans due to COVID-19. COVID-19 has upended our lives and forced everyone to adapt to a different way of living. Development and distribution of three vaccines brings hope. But as demand is high and supply is limited, Arizona’s leaders must develop and administer a priority […]
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Disability Advocates Ask Governor Ducey to Make People with Disabilities a Priority for COVID-19 Vaccine

The Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL), along with the Arc of Arizona, Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing, and numerous advocacy organizations, hosted a press conference calling upon Governor Doug Ducey to prioritize the COVD-19 vaccine for people with disabilities. On February 26, 2021, ACDL and the other disability rights organizations sent a letter to Governor Ducey, requesting amendments […]
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Department of Justice Settles with Amtrak to Resolve Station Accessibility Problems

EN ESPANOL AQUI ASL VIDEO HERE People with mobility disabilities who were harmed by inaccessible Amtrak stations can submit claims for monetary compensation from Amtrak until May 29, 2021. The United States Justice Department recently found that Amtrak, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, engaged in disability discrimination in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Amtrak was given twenty years after the ADA […]
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Superintendent Hoffman Delivers 2021 “State of Special Education” Address to Arizona Legislature

ASL Video HERE Espanol AQUI This past week, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman delivered her second “State of Special Education” address to the Arizona Legislature’s House Education Committee. A transcript of the address is available here, and you can watch a video of the address here. To watch a video of the address in ASL, click here. Arizona Superintendents of Public Instruction […]
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Join us for the 1st Virtual African American Conference on Disabilities!

Join us for our first-ever virtual African American Conference on Disabilities (AACD). This conference is a FREE event! Hosted by The Arizona Center for Disability Law and the Arizona Center for African American Resources (AzCAAR), the AACD is the only comprehensive conference in the U.S. that addresses the intersection between race and disabilities. CART and ASL Interpretation Services will be available for each session. For […]
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Seven Things You Should Know About Text-to-911 Implementation

This blog post shares highlights from the State’s January 2021 Status Report regarding ACDL’s landmark ADA settlements under which Text-to-9-1-1 is being deployed throughout Arizona. Background about the Enos et al v. Maricopa County and State of Arizona lawsuit and settlements can be found HERE . Here are highlights from the State’s January 2021 Status Report outlining the implementation of Text-to-9-1-1 in Arizona. The […]
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Vaccine Distribution for Persons with Disabilities during COVID-19 Crisis

The Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL), along with Arc of Arizona, Ability 360, Arizona Developmental Planning Council, and numerous advocacy organizations, sent a letter today to Dr. Cara Christ, expressing concerns since the initial vaccine doses are in limited supply and offered recommendations for Arizona’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan to ensure equitable distribution on behalf of people with disabilities. To ensure people with […]
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New Requirements for Eviction Complaints

En Espanol ASL Video Did you know that there are laws to protect you from being evicted and, in some instances, from incurring fees and penalties for non-payment of rent during the Covid-19 pandemic? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an order entitled “Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19.”  This Order is effective September 4, […]
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