Resources for Disabilities

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Purpose of Resource

ActiveMinds Active Minds empowers students to change the perception about mental health on college campuses.
[email protected] [email protected] is here to help job seekers like you. They have the services and programs you need to find, prepare for and keep the right job. Every day, they help people all around Arizona—of all ages and skill levels—connect with employment opportunities in a variety of industries.
Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (AzDDPC) The mission of the ADDPC is to represent the interests and needs of persons with developmental disabilities with particular attention dedicated to persons who are unserved or underserved throughout the State of Arizona. The related purpose of the ADDPC is to engage in advocacy, capacity building and systemic change to increase inclusion and involvement in the community. 
Arizona Post School Outcomes, Everyone Counts Everyone In All Arizona students who had an IEP in effect at the time of exiting high school as a graduate, drop-out or by aging out will be contacted to take the Post School Outcomes (PSO) Survey one year after leaving school.
Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council The vision of the AZSILC is inclusive, accessible communities that value differences. AZSILC aims to promote the equality, inclusion, and choice for people with disabilities through collaboration and public policy change.
Arizona Youth Leadership Forum While attending AZYLF, youth, referred to as Delegates, will complete a personal discovery curriculum, designed to raise self-awareness and lead to goal setting in the areas of personal development, disability awareness, leadership and career planning.
ASU Disability Resource Center The Disability Resource Center provides services to qualified students with disabilities on all ASU campuses
Autism Spectrum News Subscribe to Autism Spectrum News for current events related to ASD.
AZ Autism United Arizona Autism United serves hundreds of children every day throughout the valley with a wide variety of therapies and supports. 
AZ Center for Disability Law (ACDL) The Arizona Center for Disability Law (the Center) is a federally-designated Protection and Advocacy System for the State of Arizona.  Protection and Advocacy Systems (P&As) throughout the United States assure that the human and civil rights of persons with disabilities are protected. 
AZ Centers for Independent Living (CILs) The goal of CILs is to promote and support opportunities for people with disabilities to fully participate in an integrated community and search for the possibilities to live as they choose.
AZ Department of Economic Security (DES) The Arizona Department of Economic Security promotes the safety, well-being, and self-sufficiency of children, adults, and families. Every child, adult, and family in the state of Arizona will be safe and economically secure.
AZ Promising Practices- Educating Students with Disabilities This website provides research to practice guidelines, strategies, and resources to support professionals and parents in improving results for students with disabilities. 
AZ Spinal Cord Injury Association We’re proud to be a chapter of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The Foundation provides lots of great information and resources to individuals affected by paralysis.
Career Readiness Online Modules This course will help users improve basic skills for job readiness.  The career development process includes awareness, exploration, preparation, and application of those skills, culminating in life-long career management.
Center for Parent and Information Resources Welcome to the Resource Library that the CPIR is compiling for the Parent Center network!  Find resources of interest to you through the quick-find links (just below) or through the dynamic “Search for Resources” feature, which will let you filter your results by format, audience, and producer.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention What does a Hearing Loss Sound Like?
Cerebral Palsy Group Cerebral Palsy Group is a national organization created to serve individuals and families who have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy.  The organization provides current information, resources and support.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) Depression and bipolar disorder can be isolating illnesses, but DBSA support groups can help you connect with others who have been there as well. Visit a DBSA support group and get the support that is essential to recovery.
Disability Benefits 101 Disability Benefits 101 gives you tools and information on health coverage, benefits, and employment. You can plan ahead and learn how work and benefits go together.
Disability History Museum The Disability History Museum hosts a Library of virtual artifacts, Education curricula, and Museum exhibits. The site connects people with disabilities, their families and caregivers to helpful resources on topics such as how to apply for disability benefits, find a job, get health care or pay for accessible housing. You can also find organizations in your community to help you get the support you need.
Division of Behavioral Health Services (DBHS) Learn how to access behavioral health services in Arizona
Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) DES provides supports and services to over 32,000 people with developmental disabilities and their families throughout Arizona.
Division on Career Development & Transition (DCDT) The mission of DCDT is to promote national and international efforts to improve the quality of and access to, career/vocational and transition services, increase the participation of education in career development and transition goals and to influence policies affecting career development and transition services for persons with disabilities. 
Do2Learn Do2learn provides thousands of free pages with social skills and behavioral regulation activities and guidance, learning songs and games, communication cards, academic material, and transition guides for employment and life skills. In addition, we offer premier products including View2do, JobTIPS, FACELAND, books, and apps for purchase.
Driving to Independence Valley Center of the Deaf (VCD) is a community-based organization that empowers Deaf and hard of hearing individuals to live independently and achieve their personal goals. 
Employment First PowerPoint from Arizona’s Fourteenth Annual Transition Conference elaborating on Employment First.
EYEKNOWAZ The Arizona Secretary of State’s Office in collaboration with the Department of Economic Security (DES), Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) and the Governor’s Council on Blindness and Visual Impairment (GCBVI) proudly announces the launch of a web-based information and referral service.  The database of resources provides information on products and services from local, regional and national providers that are available to people in Arizona who are blind, visually impaired, or have combined hearing and vision loss.  Arizonans can research options in a variety of categories including education, products for daily living, employment, recreation, and advocacy.
Famous People with Disabilities Have you ever wondered what it’s like to have a disability? Kid’s Corner will introduce disability related topics to children.
Information and Technical Assistance on ADA offers information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act
Institute for Community Inclusion ICI offers training, clinical, and employment services, conducts research, and provides assistance to organizations to promote inclusion of people with disabilities in school, work, and community activities.
Job Accommodation Network (JAN) The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.
LD Online LD OnLine seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD.
Legal Options Manual The purpose of this manual is to advise people with disabilities, their families and caregivers about different options available when an adult with a developmental disability needs the assistance of someone else in a legally recognized fashion in one or more facets of his or her life. It is not intended as a substitute for legal advice. Federal and state law can change at any time.
Linea & Cinda–Authors of Perfect Chaos, Speakers & Advocates Behavioral Health Resources and Supports/ Crisis Line
Minimum Wage The Unites States Department of Labor offers information on Minimum Wage and Overtime Premium Pay Standards Applicable to Nonsupervisory NONFARM Private Sector Employment for both states and jurisdictions.  States with minimum wage rates below, at or above the federal minimum wage are identified; states that have a special minimum wage rate or that do not have minimum wage laws are also identified. Information updated January 2016.
Moments in Disability History History timeline of disability-related events
NAMI Signature Programs Fostering public education about mental illnesses
National Center for Special Education Research This is a list of links to programs and research related to special education and disability issues.
National Council of State Agencies for the Blind (NCSAB) The mission of the NCSAB is to promote through advocacy, coordination, and education the delivery of specialized services that enable individuals who are blind and visually impaired to achieve personal and vocational independence. 
National Multiple Sclerosis Society The National MS Society is working toward a world free of MS. We mobilize people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS.
National Technical Assistance Center for Transition (NTACT) NTACT’s purpose is to assist State Education Agencies, Local Education Agencies, State VR agencies, and VR service providers in implementing evidence-based and promising practices ensuring students with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities, graduate prepared for success in postsecondary education and employment.
NAU Disability Resources Disability Resources (DR) cooperates with students, faculty, staff, and the campus community at Northern Arizona University to promote a universally-designed environment for the full inclusion of people with disabilities.
Navigating the Road to Work; Making the Connection between Youth with Disabilities & Employment  Tapping into the Power of Families: How Families of Youth with Disabilities Can assist in Job Search & Retention
notMYkid Youth, Parent & Family Support Programs Empower and educate youth, families, and communities with the knowledge and courage to identify and prevent negative youth behavior.
Occupational Outlook Handbook The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.
Office of Children with Special Health Care Needs(OCSHCN) To continuously improve comprehensive systems of care that enhances the health, future and quality of life for children and youth with special health care needs and their families.
Parallels in Time II The ADA Legacy Project celebrates the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on disability rights, and honors the contributions of individuals with disabilities and their allies who persevered in securing the passage of this landmark civil rights legislation. In order to fully realize a world where all people are accepted and valued, it is crucial to preserve and promote the history of the ADA and the disability rights movement.
Parents Education Network (PEN) We are a parent led, non-profit, resource and support organization
Pepnet2 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Pn2 Help is your one-stop shop for answers to your specific questions about working with deaf or hard of hearing individuals.
Person Centered Planning Education Site In this site you will find: an overview of the person-centered planning process, a self-study course, a quiz section, readings and activities, and various links and downloadable resources.
Personal Preference Indicators A Guide for Planning: Preferences, Choices & Self-determination
Procedural Safeguards (English) IDEA Part B Procedural Safeguards Notice for the state of  Arizona
Procedural Safeguards (Spanish) IDEA Sección B Aviso de las Salvaguardias Procesales para el Estado de Arizona
Project SEARCH Project SEARCH is a business-led collaboration that enables young adults with disabilities to gain and maintain employment through training and career exploration.
Raising Special Kids Raising Special Kids exists to improve the lives of children with the full range of disabilities, from birth to age 26, by providing support, training, information and individual assistance so families can become effective advocates for their children.

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Read On Arizona partners created MapLIT, an interactive mapping tool as a “one stop” resource to identify key data sets (census, school, health, family engagement) that impact early literacy outcomes in communities. Read On Arizona’s MapLIT provides communities with graphic views of select data for all Arizona public/charter elementary school and preschool site locations.
Real Life Stories and Resources for Parents List of resources that offers material you can use to become more informed about learning disabilities
Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining, and Promoting People with Disabilities A Resource Guide for Employers looking to hire People with Disabilities
The Red Book The Red Book serves as a general reference source about the employment-related provisions of Social Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income Programs for educators, advocates, rehabilitation professionals, and counselors who serve people with disabilities.
Self Disclosure in Employment: A Guide for Individuals with Disabilities Self-Disclosure in Employment: A Guide for Individuals with Disabilities
Shelly Saves the Future: A Story of Career Development Informational Comic “Shelly Saves the Future: A Story of Career Development” Informational Comic
Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center SARRC is leading the way to better understand, treat, and improve life for people with autism. 
Strength of Us StrengthofUs is an online community designed to empower young adults with mental health issues.
Suicide Prevention Resources suicide prevention supports
Talking Book Library Arizona Talking Book Library provides books, magazines and other library resources in alternate formats for all Arizona residents whose visual or physical disabilities prevent the reading of conventional print materials.
The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities is designed for youth and adults working with them to learn about disability disclosure.
The Why, When, What, and How of Disclosure in an Academic Setting, After High School Recommendations for Disclosure of Disability after High School
U of A Disability Resource Center DRC is the campus department designated by the University to determine and provide access to University classes, programs and activities for disabled individuals. Through an interactive process, we will facilitate access either through a reasonable accommodation or by redesigning aspects of a University experience. Our processes are designed to be convenient for students.
Valley Center for the Deaf Valley Center of the Deaf (VCD) is a community-based organization that empowers Deaf and hard of hearing individuals to live independently and achieve their personal goals. 
Virginia G. Piper Sports & Fitness Center SpoFit’s mission is to provide exceptional adaptive sports, recreation, aquatic and fitness programs that promote the independence, health and overall well being of people with disabilities and their family members.
Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) The Vocational Rehabilitation program provides a variety of services to persons with disabilities, with the ultimate goal to prepare for, enter into, or retain employment.