Your Input Needed: 2015 Arizona Needs Assessment Survey

The Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council is conducting a survey to gather information about programs and services that provide support and opportunities for people who have disabilities to live independently in the community. The information collected will help to assess how those programs and services are meeting the needs of people who have disabilities living in Arizona. Results of the survey will provide the Statewide Independent Living Council with the information necessary to work with advocates and policy makers to create new initiatives and to enhance existing services for Arizonans who have disabilities. Your participation in the process is vital and we appreciate your time and consideration in completing this survey. The Statewide Independent Living Council needs to hear directly from people who have disabilities, their family members, friends, caregivers and other stakeholders. Click here to complete the 2015 Assessment Survey.

Arizona 2015 Partners in preparedness Summit

The Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council in partnership with the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Statewide Access and Functional Needs (AFN) Taskforce presented the 2015 Partners in Preparedness Summit on June 11, 2015. The purpose of the event was to provide education on effective processes for conducting emergency shelter health surveillance and monitoring to support children/families with access and functional needs. The summit provided disaster education on expected community roles, issues regarding children and families with AFN, and tips on augmenting preparedness plans. Participants engaged in dialog to identify challenges during shelter and emergency evacuation operations. The audience included: Community Organizations, Emergency Management, Schools, Healthcare, Public Health, First Responders, Local/State/Tribal preparedness planners, support organizations that service children and families with access and functional needs. You can view and download materials from the summit by visiting this page.    Download Materials Here

2015 Arizona Youth Leadership Forum


The Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council hosted the 2015 Arizona Youth Leadership Forum for Students With Disabilities, held on the Downtown Phoenix campus of Arizona State University. AZYLF 2015 took place from Sunday, June 21 to Friday, June 26. AZYLF is an innovative six-day program for students who have disabilities. Designed to foster personal growth through self-discovery, AZYLF provides experiential learning opportunities to assist each individual as they identify and embrace their strengths and gifts while planning for their future. This dynamic program focuses on leadership development, career exploration, effective advocacy, and empowerment through heightened awareness of disability history and culture. Check back soon for a full report on AZYLF 2015. More information can be found on the AZYLF website.

Share your Healthcare Experiences

Have you experience difficulties accessing healthcare services? Have you ever been told that a test or exam could not be done because the office or equipment was not accessible because of your disability? Have you had difficulty communicating with a doctor because an interpreter or assistive listening device was not provided to you? Is filling out forms difficult because your medical provider fails to make them available in an alternative format or does not offer assistance completing them?

The Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council has launched a survey designed to gather input from people who have disabilities, their family members and caregivers from across Arizona. The survey seeks to gather information in areas including physical access to healthcare facilities, issues faced by individuals with sensory related disabilities, how medical providers respond to accommodation requests and provides individuals with a platform for sharing healthcare related experiences. Go here to complete this important survey.