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This week, the Tempe Union High School District Governing Board unanimously approved a resolution intended to improve educational outcomes for its special needs students.
Feb. 23, 2024
Phoenix Art Museum sign
A smartphone app is making the Phoenix Art Museum more accessible and interactive. Bloomberg Connects acts as a digital museum guide. Guests can access exclusive content including photos, videos and interviews with artists.
Jan. 25, 2024
Man and woman pose
First Place Arizona, a non-profit that offers supportive housing for adults with autism, Down Syndrome and other neurodiversities, is launching a new initiative to get people with disabilities registered to vote in 2024.
Dec. 19, 2023
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A Maricopa County jury has awarded over $31 million in what is believed to be the largest medical malpractice verdict in Arizona history. The lawsuit was filed against Banner Health over a 2014 birth that left a newborn with brain damage.
Nov. 18, 2023
Arizona Department of Corrections headquarters
The Arizona Department of Corrections violated Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Department of Justice said Thursday that the state agency has agreed to adopt systemwide reforms.
Nov. 17, 2023
The Arizona Department of Child Safety logo
For decades, child welfare agencies have seized the social security and disability benefits of foster children, in order to pay for their care. Arizona is now the first state in the country to stop that practice.
Nov. 10, 2023
A blue rubber bracelet with a metal plate on it is shown here. Engraved in the metal are letters and numbers that read 'PCSD12345.' It is an example of the bracelets the program uses.
The Pima County Sheriff’s Department has launched a “Lost Assistance” program. Here's how it provides information to help reunite lost people with their caregivers.
Nov. 9, 2023
DES Office
Arizona state lawmakers and stakeholders are considering recommendations from a recent auditor general’s report for changes to agencies that handle reports of abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults.
Nov. 8, 2023
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The Pima County Sheriff's Department is unveiling a new program to help those with developmental disabilities who wander off or get lost, be reunited with their caregivers and loved ones.
Nov. 2, 2023
HonorHealth Shea Medical Center
Scottsdale-based HonorHealth will pay $1.75 million to settle a discrimination lawsuit involving former employees of the nonprofit health system.
Sep. 19, 2023
Hacienda HealthCare
When an incapacitated woman gave birth at Hacienda Healthcare in 2018, it made international headlines. Earlier this month, the release of Phoenix police bodycam footage brought the case back into the spotlight. But one disability advocate says the case never should’ve lost attention.
Sep. 15, 2023
Beth Papp is seen here using a laminated letter board to spell out something she wants to say. Emily Ulan, her communication partner, stands nearby to read out the letters Papp points to and read them aloud. They are wearing matching 'Eras Tour' shirts.
Stories like that of “pop princess” Britney Spears and football star Michael Oher have gripped the nation. Many other stories of conservatorship and legal guardianship have gone largely untold. This one is about Beth Papp, an Arizona resident and "non-speaker."
Sep. 6, 2023
a person and a child holding hands
Parents of minor children with an intellectual or developmental disability have been pushing Arizona’s Medicaid program to allow them to permanently be their child’s paid caregiver. Late last month, the group behind this effort had a big win.
Sep. 2, 2023
ASU Arizona State University
Arizona State University’s Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics is rolling out a new annual lecture series with a focus on disability awareness.
Aug. 24, 2023
violin player
An orchestra in Tucson is partnering with Banner’s Alzheimer’s Institute to create a special rehearsal performance for people dealing with memory loss issues.
Aug. 17, 2023
Arizona Autism Charter Schools ribbon cutting
A network of charter schools that caters to students on the autism spectrum is expanding to Tucson. A new campus will be open to Pima County students on Friday, Sept. 1.
Aug. 11, 2023
U.S. Marines in Vietnam in April 1968.
Arizona Veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange and other toxic substances can file a claim for PACT Act-related disability benefits.
Aug. 8, 2023
child drawing dinosaurs with caregiver
During the pandemic, Arizona’s Medicaid program allowed parents of minors with an intellectual or developmental disability to be their child’s paid caregiver. Those parents are one step closer to a permanent paid caregiver program.
Aug. 1, 2023
Painting of "Justa Center Expect Miracles"
Phoenix is under an excessive heat warning, this time through Wednesday when temperatures are expected to hit 118. For older Arizonans experiencing homelessness, finding a place to cool off can be a matter of life or death. So where are they going?
Jul. 24, 2023
Arizona Department of Corrections building
Federal investigators say Arizona’s prison system illegally discriminates against inmates who are blind or partially sighted. The state Corrections director said his administration first learned of the federal review that went on for more than two years about two weeks ago.
Jul. 20, 2023

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