Notice of Community Forums
Please join us on October 7 or 8 for one of our statewide community forums hosted by the AZSILC, in partnership with Arizona’s 5 Centers for Independent Living and Arizona Rehabilitation Services Administration. These forums provide you with an opportunity to share your ideas and thoughts about successful programs and services that are helping people who have disabilities to live independently and areas where gaps in services exist. Forums are being held around the state at a location near you. While attendance is free of charge, registration is requested for planning purposes.
Introducing Arizona Independent Living
We are pleased to introduce the fall issue of Arizona Independent Living, the newsletter of the Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council, (AZSILC). This quarterly newsletter is designed to provide you with an overview of what is happening at the AZSILC in addition to important news from the five Centers for Independent Living across the state.
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.
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 and caregivers. Click here to complete the 2015 Assessment Survey online. You can also download the survey in standard print or in large print.
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. The AZSILC and our partner organizations that helped to make this event a success are pleased to share the 2015 AZYLF report with the community. Download a copy in PDF or Word format.
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. 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 performed because the office or equipment was not accessible due to 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.