ACDL News

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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ACDL Helps Toddler with Rare Condition Get Medically Necessary Breastmilk

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On February 8, 2017, United HealthCare (UHC) and the Arizona Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) reversed its prior denial of medically necessary breastmilk for Kallista Smith, a 17-month-old baby with a disability. Kallista needs low-dairy breastmilk as her sole nutrition because of severe intolerance and allergies to formulas and food. Although her medical team looks for alternative nutritional sources, it is a slow process and breastmilk keeps Kallista alive.
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Take Action to Save Disability Rights: Oppose S.B. 1198

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S.B. 1198 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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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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Settlement of HUD Complaint against City of Phoenix

Housing Discrimination Settled
Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Southwest Fair Housing Council (SWFHC), the Arizona Fair Housing Center (AFHC), and the City of Phoenix settled a complaint filed with HUD alleging disability, race, and national origin discrimination in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher wait list process.
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12 New National Fair Housing Videos (ASL)

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The National Fair Housing Alliance, along with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, created 12 videos in American Sign Language (ASL) with English captioning. These videos provide important legal and practical information about fair housing rights. The videos were produced by Disability Independence Group, NFHA and Sweetwater Media.
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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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