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Better Special Education Policies to Support ASL Students

Published: January 18, 2024


ASL Video En Espanol Thanks in part to ACDL’s advocacy efforts, one of the largest school districts in Arizona, the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD), has changed its special education policies to better support students whose primary language is American Sign Language (ASL). In October 2023, TUSD amended its Exceptional Education policy IHB-R. Below is […]

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Published: December 4, 2023


On December 3 we celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This day was proclaimed by the United Nations in 1992 to promote a better understanding of disability issues and support the dignity, rights and well-being of people with disabilities. This day is also meant to promote awareness of the benefits to society when […]

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Letter Generators: ACDL Introduces a New Self-Advocacy Tool

Published: October 27, 2023


Some of the most popular self-advocacy resources ACDL offers callers are letter templates. This is when our attorneys and advocates craft a standard letter for a common issue. These template letters can then be customized by a caller and submitted to the appropriate party. Having a template can take some of the anxiety out of […]

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Announcing New Jensen Court Monitors Website

Published: October 17, 2023


Following the sweeping remedial order issued by federal judge Roslyn Silver in April 2023 in the Jensen v. Thornell class action litigation against the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation & Reentry (ADCRR), the court appointed several monitors to oversee the implementation of the order. More details concerning the order can be found in our earlier […]

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Services and Events for National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Published: October 12, 2023


October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month! ACDL joins agencies and organizations across the country in celebrating the many contributions that people with disabilities bring to the workforce. Below we highlight some of the legal services that ACDL provides to people with disabilities on employment-related legal issues. Through ACDL’s Client Assistance Program, applicants and clients […]

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Honoring Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Published: October 10, 2023


EN ESPANOL ASL VIDEO As Monday was Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) wants to share some exciting information about the Native American Disability Law Center and a historic settlement it recently achieved on behalf of Havasupai Elementary School students. The Native American Disability Law Center (NADLC) is one of ACDL’s […]

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Staffing Shortages May Affect Your Child’s IEP

Published: August 17, 2023


EN ESPANOL ASL VIDEO Staffing shortages in American schools are nothing new. However, since the onset of the COVID Pandemic and the so-called Great Resignation, the problem has gotten significantly worse. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 600,000 teachers, or about 6% of teachers nationwide, quit their jobs between 2020 and 2022. The […]

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Special Education Virtual Drop-In Q&A, August 15-18

Published: August 13, 2023


As it is the back-to-school season, ACDL is offering a new limited-time service for callers with education-related concerns. This week, from August 15-August 18, for one hour each day, an ACDL education attorney will be offering virtual Q&A sessions via Zoom. During this time, individuals with questions about education for students with disabilities are encouraged […]

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People with Disabilities Have the Right to Reasonable Modifications in the Public Housing Application Process

Published: May 19, 2023


EN ESPAÑOL ASL VIDEO On May 1, 2023, the Arizona Public Housing Authority (APHA) began accepting applications for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list for Yavapai County. Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2023, 5:00 PM MST. APHA is asking for individuals to apply online. However, applicants with disabilities may sometimes have […]

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Plantilla de carta de graduación prematura para padres

Published: May 10, 2023


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