Announcing the 2015 Arizona Youth Leadership Forum



The Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council is pleased to announce the 2015 Arizona Youth Leadership Forum to be held on the Downtown Phoenix campus of Arizona State University 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. The deadline for submitting an application to attend has passed but you can join our email list to receive information about the Forum. 


Are You Ready?

Every year people across the country find themselves facing situations and disasters they failed to plan for. Here in Arizona, long-term power failures, excessive heat and flooding can result in you being stranded in your home, vehicle or workplace. Planning can save your life. Join us to learn practical steps you can take now that will help you in the future. People who have disabilities, family members, care givers, service providers and the general public are encouraged to attend one of these free workshops. Presented by the Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council and the Arizona Department of Health Services. Workshops are being scheduled for May and June, check back soon or join our email list to receive future announcements.


Healthcare Accessibility Survey

Share your Healthcare Experiences

Have you experience difficulties accessing healthcare services? Have you ever been told that a test or exam could not be done because the office or equipment was not accessible because of 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. The survey should take approximately 10 minutes for you to fill out and submit. If you require assistance or need an accommodation such as a copy of the survey in an alternative format, please contact the SILC office at 602-262-2900.

The Americans with Disabilities Act along with other federal and state laws require equal access to medical care for people who have disabilities. Accessibility in medical facilities means not only “getting through the door” features, such as accessible parking and ramps, but also accessible interior features such as bathrooms, reception counters and exam rooms. Accessible healthcare also requires the provision of assistive listening devices and other services for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and alternative formats for all printed forms and materials that are critical to receiving services from a healthcare provider. In addition, accessible medical facilities must provide equal access to medical equipment, including weight scales, exam tables and other diagnostic equipment.