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Guidance from U.S. Department of Education Clarifies Dispute Resolution Options Are Still Available During COVID-19

EN ESPANOL AQUI AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE HERE On June 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education issued a Question and Answer document about special education dispute resolution during the ongoing pandemic. Key points from this guidance include: IDEA Part B dispute resolution options, including mediation, state complaints, and due process complaints, are still available to parents and schools. Some dispute resolution timelines may be […]
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People designated Seriously Mentally Ill (SMI) cannot be charged Copays

Copays are amounts paid out of pocket, directly to a healthcare provider for their healthcare services. While copays may seem like a regular part of visits to the doctor’s office or pharmacy, there are several reasons why individuals may be exempt from copays. One of these reasons is a Seriously Mentally Ill (SMI) designation. If you are designated as SMI and enrolled in an […]
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ACDL and Partners Present Webinar Series on Impact of School Closures on Students with Disabilities

This summer, the Arizona Center for Disability Law, Raising Special Kids, the Sonoran Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the University of Arizona, and the Institute for Human Development at Northern Arizona University hosted a three-part webinar series intended to address the questions and concerns of families of students with disabilities and other high-needs students in light of COVID-19 school closures. Our first […]
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Crisis Standards of Care Must be Revised for At-Risk Populations during COVID-19 Crisis

The Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL), along with The Arc of Arizona, Arizona Association of Providers for People with Disabilities, Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, ACLU of Arizona and numerous advocacy and civil rights organizations, sent a letter to Governor Ducey expressing serious concerns about the potential impact of the state’s Crisis Standards of Care Plan (CSC) on vulnerable and […]
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ACDL Asks AZ Mayors to Consider Face Mask Exceptions during COVID-19 Crisis

The Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) sent letters to 22 Arizona Mayors, requesting that face mask proclamations include a specific exception for people with disabilities who are unable to wear face masks due to their disabilities. ACDL also wrote to the League of Arizona Cities and Towns requesting that this information be provided to its member municipalities. While ACDL supports efforts to ensure […]
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Exemptions to Tucson Face Mask Proclamation

Today Tucson Mayor, Regina Romero, issued a proclamation requiring Tucsonans 2 years of age and older to wear a mask when in public where continuous physical distancing is difficult or impossible. The requirement goes into effect at 6 a.m. Saturday, June 20. There are exemptions, which include: • Those who fall under CDC guidance for those who should not wear a face covering, including […]
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ACDL Statement on Arizona Mandatory Curfew Order, May 31, 2020

As a result of the protests of the murder of George Floyd and the gatherings that have followed, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued a mandatory curfew order to start tonight at 8 p.m. This order is to last one week and will end at 5 a.m. each morning during this time.   ACDL is making certain that this Executive Order does not violate the […]
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Special Education Evaluations During COVID-19

En Español AQUI ASL Video HERE School closures related to COVID-19 have impacted all students, particularly students with disabilities. ACDL has received multiple calls from families of students with disabilities who have questions about their child’s right to be evaluated for special education while schools are closed as a result of COVID-19. This blog post is intended to provide families with general legal information […]
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Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA)

En Español AQUI ASL Video HERE ACDL wants you to stay informed about COVID-19 relief that may apply to members of the disability community. The pandemic poses unique problems for parents or guardians of children with disabilities. The Family and Medical Leave Act was enacted in 1993 and provides qualified employees with 12 weeks of job paid unprotected leave per year. In response to […]
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FFCRA and EFMLEA Provide Additional Protections for Employees Affected by COVID-19

En Español AQUI ASL Video HERE ACDL wants you to stay informed about COVID-19 relief that may apply to members of the disability community. The pandemic poses unique problems for individuals with underlying conditions and parents of children with disabilities. This blog post and tomorrow’s blog post will cover two new laws that may affect you and your family. On March 18, 2020, Congress […]
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