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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
Doug Ducey
Last week, disability rights groups and advocates pleaded for Gov. Doug Ducey to help people with disabilities and their caregivers get the COVID-19 vaccine. A bipartisan group of lawmakers echoed that call on Wednesday in a letter to the Republican governor.
Mar. 11, 2021
SUMMARY OF BEST PRACTICES AND LIVED EXPERIENCES IN ARIZONA
It’s been more than two years since an incapacitated woman was raped and later gave birth at Hacienda HealthCare, a long-term care facility in Phoenix. But a new report says more work still needs to be done to prevent sexual violence against people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Mar. 9, 2021
Mesa Public Schools vaccine event
Disability rights groups and advocates are calling on Gov. Doug Ducey to prioritize people with disabilities and their caregivers in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Parents of children with disabilities are pleading their case to the governor.
Mar. 5, 2021
The Alzheimer's Association released its annual Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report, but this year's report is very different from previous years because it looked at the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on people living with Alzheimer's and other dementias.
Mar. 3, 2021
The Arizona Capitol building
Several bills that would help the disability community are moving through the Arizona Legislature. And some of these bills have bipartisan support.
Feb. 24, 2021
SARS-CoV-2 COVID-19 coronavirus
A new study found that people with dementia are at significantly higher risk of contracting COVID-19. And it could mean they’re more likely to be hospitalized and die from the virus.
Feb. 15, 2021
Mesa Public Schools vaccine event
Arizona disability advocates are calling on Health Department directors from all 15 counties to prioritize individuals with disabilities and their caregivers for COVID-19 vaccines.
Feb. 4, 2021
minimum wage
President Biden wants to increase the federal minimum wage to $15. The hike is part of his $1.9 trillion stimulus plan. In Arizona, the minimum wage is already $12.15 an hour. But raising the minimum wage could have lasting effects on the disability community.
Feb. 1, 2021
Arizona State Capitol building
The legislative session is in full swing despite the pandemic. And there are more than 100 bills that could impact the disability community. But there are concerns that not enough is being done to give people with disabilities a chance to have their voices heard.
Feb. 1, 2021
Syringe
Disability advocates are worried that certain people with intellectual or developmental disabilities are not being prioritized in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
Jan. 29, 2021

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