Community Information & Referral (CIR)
CIR's 24-hour Help Hotline's Information and Referral Specialists voice and TTY are available by phone all day every day.
Voice from area codes (520) & (928): 800/352-3792
Arizona Bridge to Independent Living
5025 E. Washington St., Suite 200., Phoenix, AZ 85034
602/256-2245 - www.abil.org
The Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL) is a private, non-profit corporation that provides services for disabled in Arizona. ABIL's programs include Information and Referral, Peer Support, Home Modifications, Independent Living Skills Instruction, Personal / Home Health Assistance, Americans with Disabilities Act Training and Compliance Surveys, Consumer Advocacy, and a variety of other community integration and transitional services.
The Disability Empowerment Center of Arizona (DEC) is the new home of Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL) and seven other non-profit organizations that serve people with disabilities. Each organization shares a common history and vision for the future. The 45,000 square-foot center, located at 5025 E. Washington St. in Phoenix, opened in October 2008. In addition to ABIL, the DEC houses the Arizona Center for Disability Law, Raising Special Kids, the Arizona Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Joni & Friends, the Statewide Independent Living Council, Arizona Autism United, the Arizona Spinal Cord Injury Association, PRN Medical Services and possibly others.
The ARC of Tempe-501 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe
480/966-8536 - www.tempearc.org
The ARC of Tempe is a non-profit organization serving individuals with mental disabilities. The program mission is to enhance and maintain the quality of life of individuals with disabilities through recreational, educational and socialization programs, as well as promote independent leisure and daily living skills.
Arizona Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired (ACVBI)
3100 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix - 602/273-7411 - www.acbvi.org
The ACBVI is committed to "enhancing the quality of life for people who are blind or otherwise visually impaired." Services are available to adults who are legally blind or visually impaired as well as those who have a degenerative eye condition which may eventually become a visual impairment. Services are offered separately or concurrently according to the individual needs of the qualifying client.
The Centers for Habilitation (TCH)
215 W. Lodge Dr., Tempe
480/838-8111 - www.tch-az.com
TCH provides services for disabled in Arizona to support, care for and empower children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities. TCH Services improve quality of life, alleviate barriers to independence and help Arizonans reach their full potential. TCH provides early intervention and therapy for infants and toddlers, day activities and life skill instruction for adults, special day services for seniors, congregate living settings, attendant care, respite sitters, employment training and job placement.
ARTability-502 W. Roosevelt, Phoenix
602/757-8118 - www.artability.org
ARTability is a consortium of state-wide theatre groups and museums dedicated to providing services for disabled in Arizona through the idea of making art more accessible to wheelchair users and those with loss of vision and/or hearing. ARTability provides site consultations, recommendations for American Sign Language interpreters and Audio Describers, as well as a quarterly newsletter.
Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
(ACDHH)-100 North 15th Ave., Suite 104
602/542-3323 - 800/352-8161 (in state)
TTY: 602/364-0990 - www.acdhh.org
Established in 1977 to ensure, in partnership with the public and private sector, accessibility for the deaf and hard of hearing to improve their quality of life. ACDHH provides the following services: telecommunications relay services and equipment distribution, outreach and education, advocacy, community development and information.
City of Tempe Commission on Disability Concerns
31 E. Fifth St., Tempe 480/350-2905
The City of Tempe Commission on Disability Concerns became a formal City commission in 1997. Its mission to provide services for disabled in Arizona and to "advocate for disability issue awareness, equal access and full community integration and to seek resolution of the concerns of people with disabilities for the benefit of all the people of Tempe."
Foundation for Senior Living
1201 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix
602-285-1800 - www.foundationforseniorliving.com
For more than 25 years, the Foundation for Senior Living (FSL) has worked to improve the quality of life for individuals and families, especially the most vulnerable members of our community. FSL offers services for disabled in Arizona facing issues of ability, aging, housing, illness and isolation. In Tempe, FSL operates Tempe Adult Day Health Care offering quality care from trained professionals, including nursing supervision, individualized care plans, nutritious meals and snacks, community outings, special events, recreational and social activities and transportation to and from the Centers.
Easter Seals Arizona
2850 N. 24th St., Phoenix
602/266-5976 - www.phoenix.easterseals.com
Easter Seals Arizona assists people with disabilities and older adults to live their lives with equality, dignity and independence.
- Adapted Respite and Recreation
- Adult Day Services
- Early Intervention services for children with developmental disabilities
- Head Start
- SCSEP (Title V) job training and placement for low-income adults 55 and older
- Speech, Occupational and Physical
- Transportation planning and travel assistance
Sun Sounds of Arizona-2323 W. 14th St., Tempe
480/774-8300 - www.sunsounds.org
Sun Sounds of Arizona provides audio access services for disabled in Arizona and for people in the southwest who cannot read print due to a disability.
Tempe Community Council-34 E. Seventh St. Building A, Tempe
480/858-2300 - www.tempe.gov/tcc
The Tempe Community Council (TCC) was founded in 1972 to provide a means for individuals and organizations to act together to identify and plan for needed social service programs in our community. As part of the Tempe People Improvement Plan, TCC recently convened a volunteer citizen-based Task Force on Disability Issues to plan for the future needs of people with disabilities in Tempe. This report is available on the TCC website. TCC also provides planning, research, education and advocacy to improve the funding and policies effecting human services and functions as a program incubator.
Valley Center of the Deaf-3130 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix
602/267-1921 V/TTY - www.vcdaz.org
Valley Center of the Deaf (VCD) is a private, non-profit, social service agency serving the deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened and deaf blind of Maricopa County. For over 25 years VCD has been providing a variety of services for disabled in Arizona with sensory disabilities including employment services, interpreting and a technology demonstration center. VCD also provides cultural and social activities such as golf tournaments, interpreted plays, picnics and sign language classes.