Applications now open for AZYLF 2017! Apply by April 21, 2017.For high school students, recent graduates, and other transitioning young adults who have disabilities. There is NO cost for youth to attend.
Learn About and Join the Arizona Disability CoalitionThe Arizona Disability Advocacy Coalition (ADC) is a statewide, cross-disability coalition. ADC includes individuals and organizations from across Arizona.
What barriers to access have you encountered in Arizona? Let us know!ADC is launching the #NOAccessAZ campaign to show that our independence and freedom to participate in the community is still limited.
Join the movement; Stick it to Stigma.You can now sign Arizona Youth Leadership Forum's pledge to "Stick It To Stigma", online!
For AZYLF Alumni OnlyAZYLF Alumni Association was created in 2015, to offer continued connection and opportunity to all AZYLF Alumni, following graduation.
Check out the AZSILC Fall 2016 Newsletter!The Fall edition of Arizona Independent Living focuses on future activities of the 2017 - 2019 State Plan for Independent Living, Emergency Preparedness in Arizona, and happenings of the Arizona Youth Leadership Forum (AZYLF) Alumni Association.
AZSILC begins work on the new 2017-2019 State Plan for Independent Living!With the arrival of October, the AZSILC begins work on the new 2017-2019 State Plan for Independent Living. You can learn more about the 2017-2019 State Plan here.
Get the Facts!The AZSILC, in partnership with Ability360, the Arizona Center for Disability Law, and Direct Center for Independence recently conducted a training on Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The vision of the AZSILC is inclusive, accessible communities that value differences.
AZSILC Members/ Board of Directors and Staff believe in the following values which guide their decisions making policy and practice on a daily basis:
Every person has potential, innate talents, and abilities
- In promoting the dignity, respect and inclusion of everyone
- In acknowledging, respecting, and celebrating differences in people
- Families can be effective advocates for adults and children with disabilities
- Every person has a fundamental right to make their own choices in all aspects of life
- Opportunities for independent living are essential to the well-being of people with disabilities
- Involving of people with disabilities in the decision making process of community programs and services
The mission of AZSILC is to promote the equality, inclusion, and choice for people with disabilities through collaboration and public policy change.
All members are appointed by the Governor and must reflect the diversity of Arizona with respect to age, disabilities, ethnicity, gender and geography.
- The Council composition must include;
A voting majority of people with disabilities not employed by a center for independent living or the state, at least one director of a Center for Independent Living (CIL) chosen by the directors of CILs within the State, at least one representative from a 121 project in the state and a representative from the designated state unit.
- The Council composition may include;
Advocates of and for individuals with disabilities, parents and legal guardians of individuals with disabilities, representatives from organizations that provide services for individuals with disabilities, representatives from private businesses, and, other individuals as appropriate
Through its committees, AZSILC;
- Conducts assessments of Independent Living programs and services
- Facilitates community outreach, independent living forums, panels and workshops.
- Collaborates in coordinating Independent Living conference, expositions, summits, and advocates for systemic changes that exchange and or expand independent living programs and services