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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»

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New Arizona law prohibits vehicles blocking sidewalks, punishable by a $250 fine

A new Arizona law making it a crime if your vehicle is blocking a sidewalk was one of 12 new laws that went into effect Wednesday - others deal with penalties for “doxxing”, classifying gun stores as essential businesses and adding new provisions for aggressive or reckless driving.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Advocates: Congress should fund home care for disabled & aging Arizonans

The time is now for much-needed investment in our state’s system of care for vulnerable individuals.... Read more»

Mikey’s League: Changing the status quo for Arizona's disabled community through sports

Through a shared vision of accessibility and inclusivity in sports, childhood friends Karl Bender and Scott Freeman formed Mikey’s League with a powerful objective: to challenge the limits placed on the disabled community and allow them to inspire and teach others.... Read more»

Analysis

How bans on mask mandates affect students with disabilities – 4 questions answered

Nine states, including Arizona, have passed laws or executive orders that restrict local school districts’ ability to enact mask requirements, but the Department of Education has not taken a position on whether prohibitions on mask requirements violate federal anti-discrimination laws. ... Read more»

Biden administration opens civil rights probes of 5 GOP-led states banning school mask mandates

Federal education officials have launched civil rights investigations in five Republican-led states that have prohibited school districts from mandating mask-wearing.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Individuals with disabilities must be prioritized for COVID vaccine by Az officials

People with disabilities being discriminated against in healthcare contexts is nothing new. And now in 2021, the disability community is facing issues with equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution. ... 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»

Experts fear COVID-19 pandemic will lead to more summer heat deaths

The heat could be even deadlier this summer, which experts predict will be warmer than normal, as people are spending more time at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic and have less access to libraries, shopping centers and other air conditioned public spaces.... Read more»

Mesa eye-tracking software company helps empower people with disabilities

Mesa-based EyeTech Digital Systems Inc. has created hardware and software for eye-tracking systems since 1996. The company is now emphasizing how it can be useful for people with disabilities.... 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»

New law limits when Arizona schools can use restraint, seclusion

Melissa Van Hook, a mother of two children with autism and co-founder of the East Valley Autism Network, said too many parents of students with disabilities have called her to report children being secluded and restrained at school. A 2014 report found that students covered by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act were disproportionately restrained and secluded and that Arizona schools are above the national average when it comes to restraining students.... Read more»

Four Arizona cities rank in top 10 on livability for people with disabilities

Peoria was ranked second and Scottsdale, Chandler and Gilbert all finished in the top 10. Organizations for people with disabilities credited everything from the weather to a long history of advocacy to modern infrastructure for the strong showing by Arizona cities. ... Read more»

As employment improves, disabled jobless rate stays high

U.S. joblessness fell from 7.9 percent in 2012 to 7.1 percent in 2013, while it remained stubbornly above 13 percent for people with disabilities. Advocates said it is much the same in Arizona, where hesitation among both employers and would-be workers help keep the rate high. ... Read more»

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