Arizona
This program provides training opportunities to individuals with disabilities in multiple community-based work settings with job coaches. These programs include placements in commercial kitchens, copy centers, laundry services, horticulture programs, janitorial services, and creative design workshops. The program also works on soft skills such as interviewing, participating in performance evaluations, and more.
Operating Entity: Arizona Centers for Comprehensive Education and Life (ACCEL)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: Arizona Department of Economic Security
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides education and employment training to individuals with disabilities across three tiers. In Tier 3, the program focuses on community integration, in tier 2, it focuses on obtaining work and social interaction experience with supervision, and in tier 1, participants participate in employment opportunities with little to no supervision.
Operating Entity: Arizona Centers for Comprehensive Education and Life (ACCEL)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides education, guidance, and technical assistance to American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services programs across the nation, including through webinars, self-paced and regional training, evidence-based practice guides, newsletters, videos, and FAQ documents.
Operating Entity: Northern Arizona University, Institute for Human Development
Entity Type: College / University
Arizona Inclusion NOW is an effort to improve recruitment of people with disabilities into National Service through targeted efforts in schools and the community. The program connects people with disabilities with national service organizations, including AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps Vista, and more.
Operating Entity: University of Arizona, Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities
Entity Type: College / University
Through this program, educational coaches and peer mentors assist participants with intellectual disabilities in each stage of post-secondary education. This involves assistance with enrolling in and funding college, pursuing appropriate and necessary on-campus services and resources, and transitioning from college to gainful employment.
Operating Entity: Northern Arizona University, Institute for Human Development
Entity Type: College / University
AZYLF is a multi-day conference held in multiple regions of Arizona each summer. Participants engage in activities related to self-discovery, leadership development, career exploration, effective advocacy, and empowerment through heightened awareness of disability history and culture.
Operating Entity: Diverse Ability Incorporated
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides assistive technology training to individuals who are blind for the express purpose of obtaining a college education, retaining current employment, or finding a career. Trainings focus on using Microsoft Windows, the Office Suite, smart phones, and screen readers and other assistive devices.
Operating Entity: Foundation for Blind Children
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: Northern Arizona University, Arizona Technology Access Program (AzTAP)
Entity Type: College / University
This program trains individuals who are blind or visually impaired to utilize assistive technology services, then connects them with free or reduced cost assistive technology devices to improve communication capabilities.
Operating Entity: Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: Arizona Department of Economic Security, Rehabilitation Services Administration
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
Participants in this course are supported in developing the skills necessary to prepare for, acquire and maintain a job. Students practice and develop skills related to interviews, job search, resumes, career choice, and job discovery. Participants are also connected to job shadowing opportunities and vocational rehabilitation services.
Operating Entity: Foundation for Blind Children
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
The Phoenix Day School for the Deaf provides extensive career and technical education services to its students, including general career-based classes, senior seminars, career exploration, and work experience. It also provides students with the opportunity to attend vocational training in their preferred vocational trade.
Operating Entity: Phoenix Day School for the Deaf (PDSD)
Entity Type: Other
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Arizona Center for Disability Law
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides numerous services to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing in Arizona. These services include tutoring, counseling services, case management assistance, advocacy services, self-improvement classes, independent living skills training, and more.
Operating Entity: Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides localized vocational rehabilitation services with specific adjustments for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Services include career exploration, orientation and adjustment to disability services, education support, and tutoring.
Operating Entity: Valley Center for the Deaf
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
To maintain independent living status, SMILE provides individuals with disabilities varied services based on individualized needs. These services include individual and systems advocacy, service referral, independent living skills, peer counseling, transition services (including transition from high school), and more.
Operating Entity: Services Maximizing Independent Living and Empowerment (SMILE)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This certificate prepares students to become Disability Resource Specialists in post-secondary settings, to promote access and ensure reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. This Certificate program is designed for individuals with bachelors or master’s degrees in Rehabilitation Counseling, Special Education, Counseling, Educational Psychology or other related fields.
Operating Entity: Northern Arizona University, Institute for Human Development
Entity Type: College / University
This program helps Arizona residents who are blind prepare for employment or educational opportunities. These services include career exploration, job readiness, job development, remedial education, tuition and supply assistance, reader and note taker services, tutoring, GED preparation, and alternative media.
Operating Entity: SAAVI Services for the Blind
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This course helps individuals who are blind with college preparation. Trainings focus on both community college and university options, while highlighting assistive technology training, tutoring, orientation and mobility, and navigating the college system and college support services.
Operating Entity: Foundation for Blind Children
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program connects qualified job seekers who are blind or visually impaired with employers. Participants receive job placement and job coaching services, with assistance throughout the job search process. Additionally, this program involves a post-hire follow-up discussion, in order to ensure that job opportunities are fitted to individual needs.
Operating Entity: Foundation for Blind Children
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program assists high school students with disabilities ages 14-22, in transitioning from high school into community life. It provides individual and family advocacy, technical support to special education teachers, and assistance to students and parents with advocacy in facilitating Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).
Operating Entity: Ability 360
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides training and outreach services to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, virtually and in person. Trainings and presentations focus on hearing loss, communication skills, assistive technology, self-advocacy, the ADA, employment, and more.
Operating Entity: Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program trains individuals who are blind or visually impaired for careers in information technology and computer science. The program covers computer repair, software and operating systems, network administration, information security, cloud computing, and troubleshooting devices.
Operating Entity: Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program involves providing trainings, resources, and information to individuals with disabilities seeking to improve independent living competencies. Trainings include topics such as: budgeting, goal-setting, learning public transportation, self-advocacy, organization, personal grooming, nutrition, stress management, and communication skills.
Operating Entity: Ability 360
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These training sessions are provided to individuals with disabilities in either one-on-one or small group training settings. Training topics include cooking and nutrition, empowerment through employment, financial literacy and money management, travel training, and more.
Operating Entity: Direct Arizona
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 11 western states plus two territories. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: PEAK Parent Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Raising Special Kids
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
Peer Support offers opportunities for individuals with disabilities to work together to share experiences and learn from each other about life and work in the community. Peer mentoring goals and services focus on navigating life with disabilities, supporting and prioritizing independence, achieving education and employment goals, making informed choices, building confidence, and more.
Operating Entity: Direct Arizona
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These programs offer students with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in the social life of a college campus.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides numerous services to individuals who are blind or visually impaired, including assistive technology assessment and training, information and technology certification, orientation and adjustment to blindness, adaptive living skills training, supported education, vocational assessments, ASL training, orientation and mobility training, low vision evaluations, career exploration, and social and leisure skills development.
Operating Entity: Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Arizona Center for Disability Law
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
At this yearly summer camp, high schoolers who are blind attend training center courses while living off-site in an apartment. The program helps students learn to live on their own, preparing them specifically for a college experience. Students also gain experience working at a job in a career field they are interested in.
Operating Entity: SAAVI Services for the Blind
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This project reviews and provides detailed feedback on secondary transition plans, to help service providers implement best practices. Transition specialists utilize a 20-point rubric to identify strengths and shortcomings of secondary transition plans.
Operating Entity: Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
Self-advocacy trainings are offered to individuals with disabilities on either a one-on-one or group basis. Focus areas include self-determination, seeking information to make decisions, active listening and problem-solving, self-respect and self-esteem, and standing up for individual rights
Operating Entity: Direct Arizona
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps youth with disabilities and their parents plan for transition to college or the workforce, gain skills in self-advocacy, and access services after leaving school. Services are provided through Transition Advisors, interactive workshops, and webinars.
Operating Entity: PEAK Parent Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This residential program helps students who are blind or visually impaired and who have completed their senior year of high school prepare for college or the workforce. It provides independent living experiences, instruction, and support for participants.
Operating Entity: SAAVI Services for the Blind
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program places youth with disabilities in jobs in Tucson and Phoenix. It focuses on employment training and ensuring that transition-age youth with disabilities have fully-integrated experiences in a real work environment.
Operating Entity: University of Arizona, Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities
Entity Type: College / University
This program connects high school students with disabilities to potential employment opportunities. Vocational counselors assist students with resume writing, job applications, career preparation, educational preparation, and more.
Operating Entity: Arizona Department of Economic Security, Rehabilitation Services Administration
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides transportation services to individuals with disabilities to help them make it to appointments, work or school, social activities, and prescription pickups.
Operating Entity: New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides culturally relevant vocational rehabilitation services to assist Alaska Native and American Indian individuals with disabilities residing on or near reservations in the state to prepare for and engage in gainful employment. Program services are provided under an individualized plan for employment.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides high school students with significant disabilities, ages 18 to 22, with opportunities to continue their transition and learning in integrated, age-appropriate environments with typical peers. CTP includes Advanced Community Training, which includes volunteering, working, interacting with the public; Project FOCUS (Focusing Opportunities with Community and University Support), where students enroll part-time at the University of Arizona; and Project SEARCH High School Transition Program-JTED, located at University of Arizona.
Operating Entity: Tucson Unified School District
Entity Type: Other
This program provides employment assistance services for individuals with physical or mental disabilities.
Operating Entity: Arizona Department of Economic Security, Rehabilitation Services Administration
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides a range of vocational services for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, including job training, job placement, career counseling, supported employment, on-the-job training, and assistance with interviewing and resume writing. It also includes a six-week Summer Work Program to help youth develop work skills and prepare for entry into the workforce.
Operating Entity: Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona, Community Outreach Program for the Deaf
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity: Ability360
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
Arizona created a list of resources to assist with distance learning that, starting on line 118, specifically pertain to special education students. Special Education resources include reading, math, writing, social, sensory, transition, and various other facets pertaining to special education. These resources assist families in providing and engaging with their child's special education distance learning experience.
Operating Entity: Arizona Department of Education
Arizona provides a general FAQ Document pertaining to special education during distance learning. It discusses circumstances under which students may need IEP adjustments, circumstances under which students with disabilities may qualify for compensatory education services. It also examines the possibility of schools providing in-home special educaiton services for students with qualifying disabilitites.
Operating Entity: Arizona Department of Education
Arizona created a list of resources for teaching special education during distance learning. The list includes curriculum adjustment examples, resources for classroom teachers, special education teachers, and nurses, websites for special education classes, and teletherapy resources.
Operating Entity: Arizona Department of Education