ACDL News

Hospital Visitation Updates for Individuals with Disabilities

ASL VIDEO HERE ASL Template letter HERE The coronavirus pandemic affects many aspects of our lives and one major change is how hospitals, outpatient clinics, and outpatient surgical facilities have changed their visitor policies.  Many hospitals, clinics, and facilities adopted blanket bans on visitors with no (or limited) exceptions that exclude support persons for people with disabilities.  Frequently, exceptions have been limited to permitting […]
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Take the ACDL Survey!

EN ESPANOL ASL HERE The Arizona Center for Disability Law provides legal services to people who have a wide range of physical, mental, psychiatric, sensory, and cognitive disabilities. As Arizona’s Protection and Advocacy (P&A) system and Client Assistance Program (CAP), we are developing areas of focus for the upcoming 2021 fiscal year that starts October 1, 2020. We want to know what disability issues […]
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ACDL Kicks Off Online Voter Registration Drive as Part of Unique URL program

Your Voice Your Vote
The Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) is excited to announce its first Virtual Voter Registration Drive for the 2020 General Election. ACDL was recently named a recipient of the Online Voter Registration Unique URL Pilot Program from the Arizona Secretary of State’s office. This program provides a way for organizations such as ACDL to conduct voter registration drives electronically and ensure security through the Secretary […]
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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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