ACDL News

State Agrees to Provide $1.36 Million for Counties for Future Implementation of Text to 9-1-1 Services

On June 12, U.S. District Judge John J. Tuchi signed an order approving a settlement between the State of Arizona and plaintiffs in the Text-to-9-1-1 lawsuit that will advance Text-to-9-1-1 deployment across Arizona. In 2016, the Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) and Stein and Vargas, a Washington, D.C. based law firm, filed a lawsuit on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf […]
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Arizona Center for Disability Law Honored for Their Work in Bringing Text to 9-1-1 Services to Arizona

The Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) was honored by the National Disability Rights Network, in Baltimore, Maryland on June 19 for their work on implementing Text to 9-1-1 services in the State of Arizona. In 2016, ACDL filed a lawsuit against various public entities, alleging they violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), by not providing Text to 9-1-1 services to deaf or hard of […]
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Maricopa County Deputy Registrar Training

Interested in the voting process and live in Maricopa County? Then come to a Deputy Registrar training on one of the following dates: July 24, August 14 or September 11, held at Ability360, 5025 E. Washington Street, Phoenix. This is a two hour training for deputy registrars. Deputy registrars will represent the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office at events across the county registering voters. This […]
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Texting 911 Capability Now Available in Maricopa County

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This week, Text to 9-1-1 became a reality in Maricopa County. Text to 9-1-1 provides meaningful access to individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities to First Responders through the use of any phone with texting capabilities. It is also a great addition in improving public safety in the region.
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ACDL Asks Arizona Counties to Enable Text-to-911 Services

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On July 26, 2017, the country celebrates the 27th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Today, in recognition of this anniversary, ACDL, the National Association of the Deaf, and Stein & Vargas, LLP sent a letter to each County Regional 911 Coordinator to ask that they make text-to-911 services available in their respective counties.
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City of Tucson Pedestrian Barriers Survey

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Have you experienced a barrier getting around town on City streets or sidewalks? The City of Tucson is collecting data on problems with its pedestrian infrastructure as part of its ADA Transition Plan development. Please share your experiences with the City.
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Take Action to Save Disability Rights: Oppose Senate Bill 1406

Sign in front of public buildings with hashtag No Access AZ
S.B. 1406 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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ACDL Files Complaints after Mohave County Fails to Accommodate Voter

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The Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) filed multiple complaints against Mohave County, Arizona, on behalf of Michael Lipshultz, a resident of Bullhead City and a person with a disability, for the County’s alleged failure to accommodate him at his polling place on Election Day last November.
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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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