Disability

Sprouts Grocery Store
Phoenix-based Sprouts Farmers Market will pay out $280,000 to settle three Colorado lawsuits filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and one of the plaintiffs.
Oct. 15, 2021
Sky Harbor
Sky Harbor has now become dementia friendly as part of Phoenix’s initiative to become a dementia friendly city.
Oct. 12, 2021
Arizona State University campus
Nationally anxiety and depression scores worsened. Arizona's universities were no exception to the data.
Oct. 12, 2021
waymo car
A Federal Transit Administration report found seniors and riders certified under the Americans with Disabilities Act in the East Valley prefer autonomous vehicles over traditional taxis or rideshare options.
Aug. 30, 2021
Student with West MEC's Project SEARCH adult ed program
The Western Maricopa Education Center and Dysart school districts are partnering on a new program that will help prepare high school students with disabilities for the workforce.
Jul. 2, 2021
Hacienda HealthCare
A judge has approved a $15 million settlement against a doctor in a lawsuit by the parents of an incapacitated woman who was sexually assaulted and later gave birth at a Phoenix long-term care center, marking the last of several deals to resolve legal claims over the rape.
Jun. 16, 2021
madison latham and matt hoie
Journalist Amy Silverman has dedicated much of her career to writing about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She also has been a catalyst in curating live storytelling here in the Valley. Now, she’s bringing those two things together as part of her project for a visiting fellowship at the Nieman Foundation at Harvard.
Jun. 4, 2021
person putting hand to ear
Untreated hearing loss can put older adults at risk of depression, isolation, even cognitive decline, according to some studies. But hearing aids can be expensive. Now two organizations are collaborating to improve the quality of life for low-income Arizonans experiencing hearing loss.
Jun. 3, 2021
Christopher Rodriguez
For decades, Ability360 — under multiple names — has been a leader in disability advocacy in the Valley. And after 20 years as the organization’s leader, Phil Pangrazio is retiring from the position. Beginning on June 1, Pangrazio’s successor Christopher Rodriguez takes over as president and CEO of Ability360.
May. 18, 2021
PREVENTING SEXUAL ABUSE IN ARIZONA SCHOOLS report
The Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, along with the Arizona Response to Sexual Violence and I/DD Collaborative, released a new report that aims to protect students with disabilities from sexual abuse and exploitation at school. And the report includes best practices for schools.
May. 14, 2021
golf ball
On May 10, Amy Bockerstette will begin a three-day tournament in Florida, competing for the National Junior College Athletic Association women’s golf title. And in doing it, she will make history as the first athlete with Down syndrome to compete for a collegiate title.
May. 10, 2021
Emily White PVCC Softball
She has been a Hotshot, Coyote and now as a Puma, Emily White has never faced a more difficult softball season than this one. At the end of last season, an off-roading accident in Flagstaff left White with a choice: keep her left foot or keep her lifestyle. She chose amputation.
May. 6, 2021
Phil Pangrazio Ability360
Retiring CEO Phil Pangrazio has led the Valley disability advocacy organization for 20 years and was in charge as it greatly expanded its outreach and opened the impressive Ability360 Sports and Fitness Center.
Apr. 22, 2021
sign language book
There are roughly 1.1 million deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing Arizonans. Many use American Sign Language to communicate — but not everyone uses ASL. First thing to know: There is no universal sign language.
Apr. 19, 2021
Syringe
Ability 360 in Phoenix recently hosted the first vaccine pod for people with disabilities, their families and caregivers. The event offered accommodations to people with a broad range of disabilities — something that was not available at the state-run vaccine pods.
Apr. 16, 2021
exterior of walgreens
Pharmacy chains like Walgreens and CVS have been vaccinating long-term care residents and staff since December. Now, that program is coming to an end.
Apr. 8, 2021
syringes
Gov. Doug Ducey announced Tuesday that the state will partner with disability organizations to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to people with disabilities, their family and caregivers starting this weekend.
Apr. 6, 2021
Syringe
Last week’s news that the coronavirus vaccine would be made available to anyone over the age of 16 was a relief and a source of frustration for some in the Arizona disability community.
Mar. 29, 2021
Person with walker
One of the leading organizations known for investigating human rights abuses around the globe issued a new report this week about nursing home neglect in the United States during the coronavirus pandemic.
Mar. 29, 2021
Arizona Capitol building
There are several bills making their way through the Arizona Legislature that could have profound impacts on the disability community. The number of election-related bills introduced this year has alarmed some advocacy groups.
Mar. 15, 2021

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