ACDL News

Graduation of Students with Disabilities – Transition Services

By Amanda Glass, Staff Attorney EN ESPANOL ASL VIDEO As explained in the past two blog posts, under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Arizona law, IDEA-eligible students are entitled to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) from ages 3 to 21 (or to age 22, if their birthday occurs prior to the end of the school year), or until they […]
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Graduation of Students with Disabilities – Graduation Requirements

By Amanda Glass, Staff Attorney EN ESPANOL ASL VIDEO Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Arizona law, IDEA-eligible students are entitled to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) from ages 3 to 21 (or to age 22, if their birthday occurs prior to the end of the school year). A student’s receipt of FAPE is directed by their Individualized Education […]
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Graduation of Students with Disabilities

By Amanda Glass, Staff Attorney EN ESPANOL  ASL VIDEO For years, public school districts and charter schools in Arizona have proposed that students with significant disabilities graduate before they turn 22 years old, even when they have not earned a regular high school diploma or have not received adequate or appropriate transition services. This post is the first of a series about graduation for […]
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Right to Education for Students Who Are Hospitalized: Legal Options

By: Natalie Trouard* and Amanda Glass, ACDL Staff Attorney This is the final blog post in our three-part series discussing the rights of students to educational services while they are in the hospital. Today’s blog post focuses on the educational rights of students in the hospital and how to assert those rights. What education is my child entitled to when they are hospitalized? Even […]
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Right to Education for Students Who Are Hospitalized: Arizona’s Chronic Illness Law

By: Natalie Trouard* and Amanda Glass, ACDL Staff Attorney This blog post is the second in our three-part series discussing the issue of students being withdrawn from school and not provided educational services while they are in the hospital. Today’s blog post addresses protections under Arizona law for students with chronic health problems. What is a chronic health condition? Under state law, students with […]
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Right to Education for Students Who Are Hospitalized

By: Natalie Trouard* and Amanda Glass, ACDL Staff Attorney Children sometimes require hospitalization for acute medical or behavioral healthcare treatment. Students with disabilities may require more frequent hospitalizations than students without disabilities. Even while in the hospital, students are entitled to an education. Many Arizona students with disabilities encounter interruptions in educational services while they are hospitalized for medical or behavioral health treatment because […]
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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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