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People with mobility issues spend more than $58 billion a year on travel and their leisure trips are nearly the same frequency as those without mobility disabilities. But their experiences are much different.
Aug. 9, 2022
Matt Solan and his dog, Foxy
From airplanes to coffee shops to classrooms, it’s hardly unusual to see a service animal. And not just the classic seeing-eye dog — nowadays there are emotional support horses and therapy parrots. But there is a place that does not allow any kind of service animal: the Arizona State Hospital.
Jul. 29, 2022
Cellphone
Over the weekend, the first nationwide mental health crisis hotline went live. The system will now connect callers with trained mental health counselors. It’s a big deal, especially for those in the disability community.
Jul. 20, 2022
person sitting in a dark room
The head of the Arizona Department of Health Services is talking about his agency’s failure to investigate hundreds of cases of abuse and neglect.
Jul. 16, 2022
Sky Harbor
Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport will offer more support for travelers who are blind or low-vision. The airport will pay California-based Aira $50,000 over five years for visual interpreting services.
May. 25, 2022
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A Subway sandwich shop in Buckeye will pay $30,000 after hiring and firing an employee with a disability.
May. 10, 2022
Amy Ward has five kids; four of them have disabilities. One has a physical disability, two have autism spectrum disorder and her youngest has a very rare intellectual disability. She reflected on what she wanted this Mother’s Day.
May. 9, 2022
classroom supplies
The Arizona Department of Education is distributing $1.7 million of federal funding to programs that support students with disabilities.
May. 5, 2022
child wearing a face mask at school
Earlier this month, a federal judge struck down the requirement to wear a mask in airports and during flights. And around the state and country, masks are now mostly optional. But if you’re high risk, what options do you have?
Apr. 30, 2022
Team Blue Evie Williams
One in 4 adults has some sort of developmental or physical disability according to the CDC, which means accommodations are critical especially in sports. Adaptive sports are competitive activities for people with disabilities. Team Blue is an adaptive dragon boating team making waves in Tempe.
Apr. 28, 2022
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Earlier this month, Medicare finalized its decision to restrict coverage of a new Alzheimer’s drug to patients enrolled in clinical trials. Those patients now include people with Down syndrome, but that wasn’t always the case.
Apr. 22, 2022
Downtown Flagstaff
Flagstaff Shelter Services soon will be placing people in need of emergency housing in a newly-purchased property.
Apr. 9, 2022
Gabriel Martinez
Earlier this month, President Biden appointed an Arizona resident to serve on the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.
Mar. 30, 2022
Woman and caregiver holding hands
You’ve seen Silver Alerts posted on ADOT’s electronic billboards. These special alerts have been in use since 2014, and they are a valuable tool for law enforcement and families who are caring for a loved one living with dementia or a developmental disability.
Mar. 29, 2022
Respiro shelter
The Human Services Campus in downtown Phoenix is opening a 100-bed overnight shelter. This is the first time this type of pre-fab structure is being used as an emergency shelter in Maricopa County.
Mar. 29, 2022
Troy Kotsur best supporting actor Oscar
Troy Kotsur has been busy the last month making history. The actor, who was born and raised in Mesa, stars in the hit film “CODA.” And he has been raking in the awards for it — Sunday he became the first deaf actor to win an Academy Award.
Mar. 23, 2022
Arizona State Capitol building
Several disability-related bills are gaining steam in the Arizona Legislature — including one that would prevent discrimination when it comes to organ transplantation in people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Mar. 21, 2022
Erik Weihenmayer
The last couple of years have been a challenge for lots of people. And for some populations, those challenges have included things that many of us wouldn’t think about.
Mar. 1, 2022
Robin Wayland
What do a KJZZ reporter, the former Phoenix poet laureate, a Valley haiku poet with a new haiku trilogy and the winner of this year’s Haiku Writing Contest have in common? They all shine on KJZZ’s “Word.” It’s a podcast about literature in Arizona and the region, hosted by Tom Maxedon.
Feb. 27, 2022
Tiesha Harrison
Last week, Scottsdale Arts hosted an opening reception for the exhibition “What Makes Me Me.” It featured self-portraits of 35 Arizona artists living with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
More stories about aging in Arizona
Feb. 27, 2022

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