ACDL News

ACDL to partner in Pilot Project for Supported Decision-Making Information and Training

The Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) is partnering with the Southwest Institute for Families and Children and The Arc of Arizona in establishing of a supported decision-making information and training pilot project funded through a grant from Arizona’s Developmental Disabilities Planning Council. Geared to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), family members, caretakers, and other stakeholders, the program aims to achieve two […]
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It’s Never Too Early to Think About High School Graduation

School has just started, but it is not too soon to check in with your school district about proposed graduation plans for your son or daughter, if they are in special education and at least 16 years old. Some parents report that public school districts and charter schools act to graduate students with disabilities who have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) once they have completed […]
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ACDL Files Lawsuit against Arizona State Hospital for Denied Access to Patients

On September 12, the Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) filed a lawsuit against the Arizona State Hospital (ASH) and the Arizona Department of Health Services for refusing to provide access to the facilities and patients of the ASH system. Under the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Act, ACDL is required to monitor the conditions of facilities housing individuals with mental […]
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“Fake” Service Animal law does not give license to violate the ADA’s service animal protections

Joining at least 20 other states, a new provision in Arizona’s service animal law makes it illegal to “fraudulently misrepresent” any animal as a service animal to a public place or business. The law carries a civil penalty of up to $250 for each violation. A service animal is a dog or miniature horse that is trained (or being trained) to perform work for […]
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ACDL sends letter to AZ County Attorneys, Encouraging Text to 9-1-1 Services

On August 1, the Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL), Stein and Vargas, a Washington, D.C. based law firm, and the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) sent a letter to 13 Arizona county attorney offices, requesting that they take steps in joining Maricopa County and Lake Havasu City in providing Text-to-9-1-1 services for their area. Those counties must confirm no later than September 30, 2018 that they have has agreed […]
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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

9-1-1 Call if you can text if you can't
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

Person holding cell phone with 911 and emergency text message on the screen
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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