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Pima County finalizes 129 vote centers for August primary, November election

Pima County on Tuesday approved a list of 129 vote centers, which will allow voters to cast a ballot no matter where they live in the county. The system replaces a precinct-only setup, and will be in place for the August primaries and November general election. ... Read more»1

Biden administration details new research plan on 'long COVID' illness

The Biden administration announced plans Tuesday to create a national research action plan that could provide answers to public health officials trying to diagnose and treat so-called long COVID-19. ... Read more»

Arizona bill to ban drive-up voting, curbside drop boxes could harm voters with disabilities

Arizona Republicans who still reject the outcome of the 2020 presidential race introduced a spate of election reform bills this legislative session that would restrict voting access – including some that opponents argue could disenfranchise voters with disabilities. ... Read more»

Los pasajeros discapacitados de Tucson pueden rastrear su Sun Van con nueva app

Los usuarios de transporte discapacitados en Tucson ahora pueden rastrear su viaje de Sun Van en tiempo real después de que el servicio de Sun Tran lanzó una nueva aplicación móvil y un sitio web esta semana.... Read more»

Tucson's disabled transit users can track Sun Van rides with new app

Disabled transit users in Tucson can now track their Sun Van rides in real-time as Sun Tran has launched a new mobile app and website this week. ... Read more»

Pandemic medical innovations leave people with disabilities behind

Telemedicine, teleworking, rapid tests, virtual school, and vaccine drive-thrus have become part of Americans’ routines as they enter Year 3 of life amid COVID-19. But as innovators have raced to make living in a pandemic world safer, some people with disabilities have been left behind.... Read more»

COVID vaccine websites violate disability laws, create inequity for the blind

Many COVID vaccination registration and information websites at the federal, state and local levels violate disability rights laws, hindering the ability of blind people to sign up for a potentially lifesaving vaccine.... Read more»

30 years on, ADA changes minds along with limitations for Arizonans

President George H.W. Bush signed the ADA into law on July 26, 1990. It prohibited discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations, transportation and more for the disabled community.... Read more»

Guest opinion

People with disabilities unfair target of Arizona's COVID 'crisis standards of care'

Individuals from certain populations are far more likely to suffer the most severe impacts of the COVID-19 virus. They also are the most likely to be viewed as expendable.... Read more»

COVID-19 is creating communication barriers for the deaf community

For many people who are deaf or hard of hearing, lip reading, facial expressions and body language are vital to communication, but protective face masks and remote work and school meant to slow the spread of COVID-19 have made it more difficult.... Read more»

Substitute pharmacists warn co-workers: We'll probably bring coronavirus to you

With regular employees out sick, CVS and Walgreens rely on traveling workers to fill in at short notice. But when these floaters show up at a store, they often aren’t told if anyone there has tested positive.... Read more»

Reopening dental offices for routine care amid pandemic touches a nerve

Florida is one of 40 states that have allowed dental offices to resume providing routine services since the COVID-19 pandemic began, but many health experts question whether states are moving too fast.... Read more»

Analysis

ADA 25 years later: We're still not equal — especially in jobs

This July marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and while there is reason to celebrate progress over the years there remains a call to action to affirm equality – especially in terms of employment. Just one in three Arizonans with disabilities ages 16 to 64 were employed from 2008 to 2012.... Read more»

Arizona sees sharp increase in disability plates, placards

The number of Arizonans with disability license plates and placards jumped almost 70 percent in the past 12 years, more than twice as fast as the overall vehicle registration growth rate. Advocates pointed to Arizona's aging population and attractiveness to people with disabilities as factors. ... Read more»

Gains, goals of Americans with Disabilities Act 25 years later

The iconic blue-and-white parking tags were the first and most visible effects of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which turns 25 years old this summer. Advocates say the ADA has been invaluable in the fight to protect rights of the disabled, but more needs to be done.... Read more»