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Free Special Education Training

Working with students with challenging behaviors


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Viscount Suite Hotel

4855 E. Broadway

Tucson, 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 a 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 Tucson training at Eventbrite:  

For more information or to register for the training, please contact the Center, at (520) 327-9547 ex. 326 (voice) or 1-800-922-1447 (toll free), or e-mail 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 75 participants.


Come early to browse our vendor exhibits!


For more information about the Center, please visit our website at

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


Settlement Achieved in the Parsons v. Ryan lawsuit

Click here to read the settlement agreement. 


 Notice of proposed class action settlement for Commonwealth Of Massachusetts
Cardtronics, Inc.
This case is about accessibility of ATMs
for blind patrons.

Click here to read the notice. 


ACDL has published the latest
issue of our newsletter,

Click here to download and
read the newsletter.


ACDL Board of Directors Announce New Executive Director

Click here to read announcement.


J.J. Rico, New Executive Director 


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.


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)


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)



ACDL Board Members

Our current Board Members for 2014-15 are listed
below along with their affiliations and cities.

Anthony (Tony) DiRienzi, President
Community Activist
Phoenix, AZ

Art Gode, Vice President
Family Member
Kingman, AZ

John Chalmers, Treasurer
Baseball Coach, Attorney
Thatcher, AZ
Lopeti Penima'ani, Secretary
Casa Grande, AZ

Wendy Akbar, Esq.
Venable, Campillo, Logan & Meaney, P.C.
Phoenix, AZ

Wendy Ascher
Tucson, AZ

Sherri Collins
Phoenix, AZ

Loretta Cheeks
Family Member
Peoria, AZ
Christie Hammerle
Jackson Lewis, P.C. Attorney
Phoenix, AZ

Sharon Fabian
Phoenix, AZ

Sarah Birdsal Isakson

Bisbee, AZ
Sami Hamed
Tucson, AZ
Tracy Lyons
Lyons Law PLLC
Phoenix, AZ
Sheree Lloyd
Glendale, AZ
Mark Mendibles
Community Activist
Tucson, AZ
Sherri McClain
PAIMI Advisory Chair
Tucson, AZ
  John Trombino
Retired Judge
Phoenix, AZ




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.



177 North Church Ave., Suite 800
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
(602) 274-6287 (Voice)
(800) 927-2260 (Toll Free Voice)
Fax: (602) 274-6779






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