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Arizona - Where to Find Disability Assistance in Arizona

State Disability Resources for Arizona


Updated April 29, 2009

If your child has a disability, and you do not know where to find help, check out this list of essential resources available in your state. These essential contacts offer the most commonly needed services and can provide you with referrals to other appropriate services as well. If you have difficulty contacting any of these resources, please feel free to email me at: learningdisabilities@aboutguide.com.

1. Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers with Disabilities

In Arizona, early intervention services are coordinated by the Department of Department of Economic Security. Early intervention agencies provide services to infants and young children with disabilities such as developmental instruction, and speech, physical, and occupational therapies.

Birth to Age Two:
Arizona Early Intervention Program (AZEIP)
Department of Economic Security
3839 N. 3rd Street, Suite 304
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Telephone: (602) 532-9960
Toll Free: (888) 439-5609 (in Arizona)
Website: Arizona Early Intervention Program
Ages Three to Five:
Arizona Department of Education Early Childhood Education
1535 W. Jefferson Street, Bin 15
Phoenix, AZ 85007-3280
Telephone: (602) 542-2727
Website: Early Childhood Special Education

2. State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency

The Arizona Department of Economic Security helps people with disabilities live more independent lives by providing education, support, and services to assist them with becoming employed. The department works with middle schools, high schools, and higher education to help students with disabilities access appropriate supports for employment and independence such as job coaching, teaching skills, support in job placement, assistive and adaptive supports, and more.

Department of Economic Security
Arizona Rehabilitation Services
1789 W. Jefferson, 2nd Floor, NW (930A)
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Telephone: (602) 542-3332
Toll Free: (800) 563-1221
Website: Arizona Vocational RehabilitationServices

3. Mental Health Services Agency

The Department of Health Services Division of Behavioral Health provides services to individuals and families dealing with mental illness, mental retardation, and substance abuse. Services include advocacy, nursing home screening, psychiatric services, intervention, coordination of treatment, case management, and more.

Department of Health Services
Division of Behavioral Health

150 N. 18th Avenue, Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Telephone: (602) 364-4753
Website: Division of Behavioral Health Services

4. Disability Advocacy Services

The Arizona Disabilities Advocacy Program offers information and referrals relating to disability issues, a resource database for self-advocacy, education and training in disability rights, and individual case advocacy.

Arizona Center for Disability Law
100 N. Stone Avenue, Suite 305
Tucson AZ 85701
Telephone: (520) 327-9547 (voice or TTY)
Website: Arizona Center for Disability Law

5. Department of Education Special Education - Ages 3 - 21

Arizona's office of Special Education Services (SES) oversees disability education services to children. It monitors school districts for compliance with IDEA and Arizona's state special education regulations. SES handles formal complaints, due process hearings, and mediation on special education issues.

Arizona State Department of Education
Office of Special Education Programs

Exceptional Student Services
1535 W. Jefferson Street, Bin 24
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Telephone: (602) 542-4013
Website: Arizona Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs

6. Programs for People with Developmental Disabilities

Arizona's programs for developmental disabilities provide a range of services and supports for people with complex needs. The agency helps people achieve self-sufficiency and independence. Supports for family members and other caregivers are also available. Services are based on the unique needs of each individual.
Department of Economic Security
Division of Developmental Disabilities
P.O. Box 6123, Site Code (791A)
Phoenix AZ 85005
Telephone: (602) 542-6853

Councils on Developmental Disabilities
Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities
3839 N. 3rd Street, Suite 306
Phoenix AZ 85012
Telephone: (602) 277-4986

7. Children's Health Insurance Program

The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)provides medical care for children from families who meet low-income guidelines. CHIP also provides health care services for children who have no insurance.
State CHIP Program KidsCare
920 E. Madison
MD 500
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Toll Free Telephone: (877) 764-5437
Telephone: (602) 417-5437

8. Programs for Childrenand Adults who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Arizona's programs for children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing provide services to assist with communication access, support services, and community empowerment throughout the state.

Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing
1400 W. Washington Street, Room 126
Phoenix AZ 85007
Toll Free Telephone: (800) 352-8161 (Voice/TTY
) Telephone Numbers:(602) 542-3323 (Voice)
(602) 364-0990 (TTY)

9. Communication Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Telecommunications Relay Services for Individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or with Speech Impairments Telecommunications Relay Services
Toll Free Telephone Numbers: (800) 842-4681 (Voice)
(800) 367-8939 (TTY); 711 (TTY)
(800) 842-6520 (Speech to Speech)
Website: Arizona Relay Services

10. Programs for Blind, Visually Impaired, Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Deaf-Blind

These agencies provide a wide range of services to families and individuals with hearing impairments and/or visual impairments such as diagnosis, evaluation, and intervention services.

Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind
P.O. Box 88510
Tucson, AZ 85754
Telephone Numbers: (520) 770-3601
(520) 770-3601

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