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Below are the links to materials from our January 13th 2016 SPED training in Tucson, AZ

 

 

Restraints-Seclusion power point Tucson (Dr. Davidson)

 

Arizonas New Restraint and Seclusion Law

 

ARS 15-105 text

 

Challenging Behaviors and PBIS training Tucson

 

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5th Annual African-American Conference

on Disabilities

 

Click here to view brochure, registration & program

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I want to Vote!

This is a FREE training designed for persons with disabilities who want to learn about their voting rights.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Ability360 Center

5025 E. Washington Street

Phoenix, Arizona

Learn the answers to:

·       How do I register to vote?

·       Where do I go to vote?

·       Can I vote if I have a guardian?

·       Can I vote if I live in a group home?

·       How do I use a voting machine?

·       Who do I call if my polling place is inaccessible to me?

 

Presenters include the Arizona Center for Disability Law, People First of Arizona, SABE Voter Project and Youth Action Council of Arizona.

Register online for this Phoenix training at Eventbrite: http://phx033116wanttovote.eventbrite.com

For more information or to register for the training, please contact the Center, at (602) 274-6287 (voice) or 1-800-922-1447 (toll free), or e-mail tdedrick@azdisabilitylaw.org. Please notify the Center as soon as possible if you need any special accommodations or are unable to keep your reservation. The training is subject to cancellation if minimal registration is not achieved; you will be contacted as soon as possible if the training is cancelled.  The training is limited to 150 participants.

Come early to browse our vendor exhibits!

To learn more about the Center, please visit our website at www.azdisabilitylaw.org.

Funding for this training is provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services,

Administration on Developmental Disabilities.

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Free Special Education Training

Working with students with challenging behaviors

 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Ability 360 Center

(Conference rooms 1&2)

5025 East Washington Street.

Phoenix, Arizona

 

Do you have questions about Arizona’s new Restraint & Seclusion Law?

Do you have questions about working with students with challenging behaviors?

Do you have questions about discipline, suspension and expulsion of student’s disabilities?

Do you have questions about Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS)?

 

Well, let’s get some answers!

 

The Arizona Center for Disability Law in collaboration with Daniel Davidson, PhD, BCBA-D with the Institute for Human Development at Northern Arizona University will be conducting training for parents and interested individuals to answer these questions and more.  This free training will provide information on the recently passed state law limiting the use of restraint or seclusion in Arizona schools. The training will also provide an overview of the use of Positive Behavior Supports and Interventions, as well as discussing issues relating to discipline, suspension and expulsion of students with disabilities. In addition, the training will provide parents with practical advice and strategies for developing self-advocacy skills.

 

Register online for this Phoenix training at Eventbrite: http://phxsped33116.eventbrite.com

For more information or to register for the training, please contact the Center, at (602) 274-6287 (voice) or 1-800-927-2260 (toll free), or e-mail tdedrick@azdisabilitylaw.org. Please notify the Center as soon as possible if you need any special accommodations or are unable to keep your reservation. The training is subject to cancellation if minimal registration is not achieved; you will be contacted as soon as possible if the training is cancelled.  The training is limited to 150 participants.

 

For more information about the Center, please visit our website at www.azdisabilitylaw.org

Funding for this training is provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Developmental Disabilities.

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For Immediate Release:

November 19, 2015

 

Media Contacts:

Rose Daly-Rooney, Arizona Center for Disability Law, (520) 327-9547 ext. 323

Jessica Jansepar Ross, Arizona Center for Disability Law, (520) 327-9547 ext. 336

Mary-Lee Smith, Disability Rights Advocates, (510) 665-8644

 

 

LAWSUIT CHALLENGES DISCRIMINATORY CHARGE FOR WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE TAXI SERVICE

 

 

 Phoenix, AZ – A class action lawsuit filed today in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona alleges that Total Transit Inc. (TTI), doing business as Discount Cab, violates federal and state law by charging wheelchair users a $10.00 fee per trip – in addition to the standard fare because they require accessible taxis.  TTI is a large transportation provider in the Southwest, and Discount Cab is one of the largest taxi companies in the United States.  The complaint alleges that Discount Cabs policy discriminates against persons with mobility disabilities and violates both the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Arizonans with Disabilities Act.

 

The suit is brought by three individual Plaintiffs who use wheelchairs because of mobility disabilities, and who need a lift or a ramp to board a taxi.  Plaintiffs have used Discount Cab or sought to use Discount Cab but were charged or deterred by the charge of an additional $10 for the taxi trip. Plaintiffs are represented by Disability Rights Advocates and the Arizona Center for Disability Law, both non-profit organizations specializing in litigation on behalf of people with disabilities.

 

In Arizona, Discount Cab operates a fleet of more than 1,100 taxis, of which 132 are wheelchair accessible.  TTI is a comprehensive mobility management” company which provides fixed route transit and paratransit in addition to retail taxi service.  TTI has operations throughout Arizona and in several other states, including Colorado and Utah.

 

Bill Stokes, one of the Plaintiffs in the lawsuit, said, We are not looking for preferential treatment from Discount Cab.  We are just looking for the same taxi ride, for the same price, as everyone else.  Its prejudicial for Discount Cab to charge us this extra fee because of our wheelchairs.”


Discount Cab told me that the $10.00 charge was because I needed an accessible van,” said  Plaintiff Jennifer Longdon. But a person who needs an accessible taxi does not have the    choice to ride in a different type of vehicle.  I believe the surcharge violates the ADA and  needs to be corrected.  We tried to address this through dialog, but Discount was not open to education on the ADA."

 

Plaintiff Donna Powers agreed.  For me, this case is about equality.  I should have the same opportunity to use Discount Cabs services as someone without a disability.  There shouldnt be additional fees or obstacles in the way,” she said.

 

Jessica Jansepar Ross, Staff Attorney at the Arizona Center for Disability Law, said, We appreciate that Discount Cab  includes accessible vans in its fleet to provide lifts and ramps to individuals with mobility impairments: this is good for the community and good for Discount Cabs business.  But the additional costs of operating accessible vans should not be passed on to people with disabilities.”

 

Mary-Lee Smith, Co-Director of Litigation at Disability Rights Advocates, said, Transportation can be a real challenge for people with mobility disabilities, who often dont have access to their own vehicle and who frequently cant depend on paratransit because it is unreliable.  Accessible taxis facilitate societal integration for persons with disabilities, and Discount Cabs $10 charge undermines this potential.”

 

A copy of the Complaint is available at www.dralegal.org and www.azdisabilitylaw.org.

 

 

 

About Disability Rights Advocates (DRA)

With offices in New York and California, Disability Rights Advocates is one of the leading non-

profit disability rights legal centers in the nation.  DRAs mission is to advance equal rights and opportunities for people with all types of disabilities nationwide.  As a part of that mission, DRA recently entered into a landmark settlement that dramatically improves access to taxis in New York City for people with mobility disabilities, increasing the number of accessible taxis from

2% of the fleet to 50% of the fleet.  www.dralegal.org

 

About The Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL)

ACDL is the Protection and Advocacy System for Arizona and a nonprofit law firm dedicated to

advocating for the rights of individuals with a wide range of physical, mental, psychiatric, sensory, and cognitive disabilities.  ACDLs mission is to advocate for the legal rights of persons with disabilities to be free from abuse, neglect and discrimination and to gain access to services, maximizing independence and achieving equality www.azdisabilitylaw.org

 

Click here to read the Discount Taxi Complaint

 

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Settlement Achieved in the Parsons v. Ryan lawsuit

Click here to read the settlement agreement. 

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ACDL has published the latest
issue of our newsletter,
advocate.

Click here to download and
read the newsletter.

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ACDL Wins Judgment from Ninth Circuit Court
on Alvarez v Betlach Lawsuit

Click here to read press release:
Adults with Disabilities Win Medicaid Suit at Ninth Circuit.

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Our PAIMI Advisory Council
has developed
a new brochure
that explains its purpose and program.
It is available in plain language also.
You can click on the links below
to view or download the brochures.

PAIMI Advisory Council Brochure


PAIMI Advisory Council Brochure
(in plain language)

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Donating to the Center

 We have made it easy for you to donate to the Center through
Pay Pal by clicking on the donate button below.
 

You may also mail your donations to:
Arizona Center for Disability Law
5025 E. Washington Street, Suite 202
Phoenix, AZ 85034

(Make checks payable to Arizona Center for Disability Law)

 

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Our
Mission
The Arizona Center for Disability Law advocates for the legal rights of persons with disabilities to be free from abuse, neglect and discrimination and to gain access to services, maximizing independence and achieving equality.

Our Vision

A society that focuses on people’s abilities rather than disabilities.

What is the Arizona Center for Disability Law?

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Self-Advocacy DVD - Your Rights as an Employee with Disabilities

 

What to Expect After You Have Filed an Employment Discrimination Complaint.  A 20 minute video on employment rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act and going through the mediation process after filing a discrimination complaint.

 


 

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Tucson, AZ 85701-1119

(520) 327-9547 (Voice)
(800) 922-1447 (Toll Free Voice)
Fax: (520) 884-0992

 

 

5025 East Washington St., Suite 202
Phoenix, AZ 85034
-7439
(602) 274-6287 (Voice)
(800) 927-2260 (Toll Free Voice)
Fax: (602) 274-6779

 

   

Email: center@azdisabilitylaw.org

 

 

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