Links to Disability Resources

ABILITY360 offers the disability-related links below simply as a resource to assist consumers, caregivers, and others.  ABILITY360 does not endorse nor will it be held liable for any particular company or service provided.

If you do not see your agency listed and would like a link posted to this page, please send requests to Martha Macias. We review new link requests quarterly. You’re welcome to apply. We review each referral for service case by case to determine if it is a good fit for our consumers.

Quick links to the sections below:

Arizona Centers for Independent Living
Durable Medical Equipment (DME)/Assistive Technology (AT)
Independent Living Centers in the United States
Information and Referrals
Other Disability-related
Other Links
Traveling With A Disability


Arizona Centers for Independent Living

Ability360  – The website you are currently on.
Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) – The mission of SILC is to promote the equality, inclusion, and choice for people with disabilities through collaboration and public policy change.
Disability Resource Center of Tucson (DIRECT) – Offers a variety of programs to empower people with disabilities in southern Arizona.

New Horizons Independent Living Center, Prescott, AZ – Provides various programs for people with disabilities in northern Arizona.

Services Maximizing IL & Empowerment (SMILE), Yuma, AZ – Provides the catalyst for community change and life altering experiences and thereby empower individuals with significant disabilities, throughout Yuma and La Paz Counties.

Independent Living Centers in the United States

ILRU’s List U.S. Independent Living Centers – The Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) program is a national center for information, training, research, and technical assistance in independent living.  Its goal is to expand the body of knowledge in independent living and to improve utilization of results of research programs and demonstration projects in this field.

Virtual CIL – A list of and links to national Centers for Independent Living (CILs) provided and maintained by the MetroWest Center for Independent Living,  in Framingham, Massachusetts

Durable Medical Equipment (DME)/Assistive Technology (AT)

Ability360 Classified Ads – We are offering online classified ads to individuals and private parties selling items.

Arizona Technology Access Program (AZTAP) – Their mission is to connect people with disabilities with the assistive technology they need to participate as fully as possible in activities that matter to them.

Home Medical Equipment – Equipment Recycling – is a FREE listing service where people can buy, sell, or find donated used home medical equipment.

RESNA Catalyst Project – The RESNA Catalyst Project is funded to provide technical assistance to the Assistive Technology (AT) Act Grantees to assist them in increasing awareness, access, acquisition, and advocacy to AT devices and services for consumers with disabilities of all ages. The Project works with the 56 Statewide AT Programs, the 57 Protection and Advocacy for AT Programs, and the 39 Alternative Financing Programs. It also works with 19 access to telework financial loan programs.

SportAid – A great selection of sports wheelchairs, wheelchair cushions, and wheelchair accessories.

Stair Lift Buyers Guide – This guide helps consumers compare stair lift brands, features, and reviews from ConsumerAffairs.

Symbius Medical – A durable medical equipment provider, “backed by the clinical expertise of our people.”


ASU Online Autism Certification Program – Arizona State University offers the Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders certificate worldwide for teachers and professionals who want to work with children and adults with autism. This graduate certificate consists of 15 credit hours and can be completed entirely online.

InformedED– An educational blog with topics that include adaptive teaching ideas for students with disabilities.

We Connect Now – We Connect is dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people with disabilities, with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues.


Arizona Department of Housing – A large amount of information related to housing, such as: information about Section 8 housing, help with emergency repairs of your home, eviction and mortgage foreclosure assistance, assistance for those discriminated against in housing, and other housing assistance for people with disabilities. Housing Guide – This is a great starting point as a portal for a lot of publicly available resources. Includes help on finding a home, getting help to pay rent, home modifications, and information on all kinds of options including assisted living & supportive housing. – The Housing Choice Vouchers Program (often referred to as “Section 8”) is the federal government’s primary program to provide housing for Americans who are living in poverty, as well as the elderly and disabled. Use this website to find listings for the Section 8 housing market. You can call them at (561) 416-5255. – The official website of the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. They provide a cheat sheet to the Housing Choice Vouchers Program (Section 8) at this location. You can call them at (202) 708-1112. – A free, online, searchable database where people looking for housing can find affordable places for rent or sale. You can search for housing based on price, Section 8 eligibility, distance to public transportation and accessibility features like ramps, accessible parking, and automatic door entry. You can call them at 1-877-428-8844. – Free listings for wheelchair accessible apartments from a local rentals database in Tempe, Arizona.

Information and Referral

Benefits Check Up – Get all the benefits you deserve. Find and enroll in federal, state, local and private programs that help pay for prescription drugs, utility bills, meals, health care and other needs.

2-1-1 Arizona – The key source of integrated information that brings people and services together every day with ease, compassion, and quality to meet vital needs throughout Arizona. Our vision is for all people to have easy access to information about the full range of health, human, and emergency services provided in Arizona communities.

Senior Help Line – A social service program of the Area Agency on Aging, available to answer telephone requests for information and assistance. There are many aging services available in Maricopa County, but seniors and their caregivers can become overwhelmed by the maze of choices.

AZ Links – Offers assistance and information on aging and disability. Ability360 is a key partner agency in developing AZ Links. AZ Links is part of Arizona’s Aging and Disability Resource Consortium (ADRC), which was created to help Arizona seniors, people with disabilities, caregivers and family members locate resources and services that meet their needs. Use to plan for the future or handle an immediate need.

Other Disability-Related

Ability Center – The West Coast’s largest mobility company offers a “One-Stop Shop” alternative for their client’s needs. With over 25 years of experience, the company offers accessible vans, wheelchair vans, new and used mobility vans, rental of handicapped vans, handicapped equipment, wheelchairs, power-wheelchairs, mobility scooters, lifts ramps, home care medical and more.

ABLE National Resource Center – The ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC) is a collaborative that brings together the investment, support and resources of some of the country’s largest and most influential national disability organizations in an effort to accelerate the design and availability of ABLE accounts to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities and their families. Founded and managed by National Disability Institute (NDI), the ANRC’s goal is to provide consistent, reliable information concerning the benefits of an ABLE account. In addition, the ANRC aims to educate individuals with disabilities and their families, state government and legislatures, financial service companies and financial planners and attorneys – who focus on trust and estate planning – about ABLE’s potential positive impact on the lives of millions of Americans with disabilities.

American Association of People with Disabilities – AAPD is the largest national nonprofit cross-disability member organization in the United States and it is dedicated to ensuring economic self-sufficiency and political empowerment for the more than 50 million Americans with disabilities.

American Indian Disability Technical Assistance Center – The American Indian Disability Technical Assistance Center (AIDTAC) strives to support American Indians and Alaska Natives in their efforts to improve employment opportunities and vocational rehabilitation outcomes wherever they live in the United States. Their website is a comprehensive source of information on topics of importance to American Indians and Alaska Natives with and without disabilities.

AMS Vans, Inc. – Specializes in pre-owned Dodge and Chrysler wheelchair van conversions.

Arizona Autism United – A 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing services to children with autism spectrum disorders in Arizona.

Arizona Caregiver Coalition – Support for caregivers, seniors and people with disabilities.  We are ready to listen and connect you with the resources and services you need, including access to short breaks often referred to as Respite.

Arizona Center for Disability Law – Advocates for the legal rights of persons with disabilities to be free from abuse, neglect and discrimination, and to have access to education, health care, housing and jobs, and other services in order to maximize independence and achieve equality

Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing – Established in 1977 to improve the quality of life for Deaf and Hard of Hearing residents. ACDHH serves as a statewide information referral center for issues related to people with hearing loss.

Arizona Department of Health Services / Division of Behavioral Health Services – A state government site where you can find local Regional Behavioral Health Authorities that provide mental health services throughout Arizona.

Arizona Disabled Sports – Designed for athletes ages 6 and older who have an orthopedic, neurological or sensory impairment. This could include, but not be limited to, Spina Bifida, Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Amputee, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cerebral Palsy and Blindness.

Arizona Disability Coalition –  ADC is a coalition of disability organizations from around the state of Arizona, and has a listing of current Arizona legislative and public policy issues of importance.

Arizona Governor’s Council on Blindness and Visual Impairment – The Mission Statement of the AZ Governor’s Council on Blindness and Visual Impairment is “To provide the leadership, advocacy, and guidance that promotes opportunities for Arizonans of all ages who are blind or visually impaired that result in increased dignity, respect and independence.”

Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council – The Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council works to promote inclusion and full community participation of people with developmental disabilities by funding original research and projects which seek to create self-determination, independence and dignity in all aspects of life.

Arizona Rehabilitation Services – To support the DES mission of promoting the safety, well-being, and self sufficiency of children, adults, and families by working with individuals with disabilities to achieve increased independence and/or gainful employment through the provision of comprehensive rehabilitative and employment support services in a partnership with all stakeholders.

Arizona Spinal Cord Injury Association  – A non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with spinal cord injuries.

Arizona State Legislature Website – The official website of the Arizona State Legislature.

AZ Stop Falls – Provides information, advice, helpful hints, and tips to help prevent falls and fall injuries by the elderly here in Arizona.

Banner Health System – Connect to doctors, find a Banner Health location, and look up your medical records.

Benefits Checkup – Developed and maintained by The National Council on Aging (NCOA), Benefits CheckUp is the nation’s most comprehensive web-based service to screen for benefits programs for seniors with limited income and resources.

Blind Net – General information about blindness and links to member organizations.

Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona (BIAAZ) – The only statewide organization in Arizona dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with brain injuries and their families. They have been providing information and referrals, education, advocacy, and support for those affected by brain injury since 1983.

Center for An Accessible Society – Acts as a communications clearinghouse dedicated to expanding media coverage of critical disability-related issues. They are funded by a five-year grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

Cerebral Palsy – A comprehensive informational website on cerebral palsy, including information on cerebral palsy symptoms, financial assistance, and daily living articles.

Cerebral Palsy Group – Our organization provides free educational information and support to those who have been affected by cerebral palsy.

Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association (CMTA) – This organization provides various programs, research tools, and local branch support for people with CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease) in the United States.

Concrete Change – Promotes “An international effort to make all homes Visitable! Provides detailed construction guidelines and cost estimates for barrier free design in new homes. Suggests ways to encourage wheelchair accessible construction in all homes.

Deaf Blind – This new website is an online directory of worldwide resources for and about people with combined vision and hearing loss.

Directions for Me  – One stop source for accessible packaging information. Directions provides the information that’s on consumer packages or labels in a simple online format for anyone who has trouble reading the small print, including people who are blind or visually impaired.

Disability Benefits For Wounded Warriors – Military service members can receive expedited processing of disability claims from Social Security.

Disabled World – News & Information – The primary focus of the Disabled World web site is to provide up to date information via our informative articles, disability news and educational videos.

Disability Resources Directory – A hypertext guide to nonprofit organizations and government agencies serving people with disabilities in Arizona.

Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities – Resources for people with disabilities developed by June Isaacson Kailes, Disability Policy Consultant.

Foundation for Blind Children – As the only agency of its kind in Arizona, the Foundation for Blind Children is an essential resource to families and children with blindness or low vision.

Guide to Preventing Substance Abuse in College – A valuable resource guide on recognizing, understanding, and combating alcohol and drug abuse on campus.

Guide to Suicide Prevention in College – A valuable resource guide on emergency assistance, warning signs, and prevention of suicide in college students.

Health-e-Arizona – Provides individuals with the opportunity to see what programs they may be eligible for and apply online for AHCCCS Health Insurance (including the Freedom to Work program), KidsCare, Food Stamps, and Cash Assistance. – Designs, develops, and produces accessories and signage for people with hearing loss. On their website you will find lapel pins, window decals, stand-up signs, stickers, patches, and more. Their line also includes supplies for service dogs including vests, collars and leashes, patches, custom ID cards, and more.

Joni & Friends – “To communicate the Gospel and equip Christ-honoring Churches worldwide to evangelize and disciple people affected by disabilities.”

MCS Referral & Resources – Professional outreach, patient support, and public advocacy devoted to the diagnosis, treatment, accommodation, and prevention of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Disorders.

MedLinePlus – “Trusted Health Information for You;” – a site by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  This site contains a wealth of information about disabilities, not just medicines.

Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care – Regional Behavioral Health Authority for Maricopa County.  This website provides behavioral health service recipients and their families, providers, advocates, and community members with information and resources regarding mental health support, substance abuse, depression, and co-occurring disorders.  Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care also provides information to help direct recipients to provider network organizations (PNOs), behavioral health services, and direct care clinics.  Available in English and Spanish.

Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center – Providing hope and support in the struggle against mesothelioma, which is caused by asbestos exposure.

Mesothelioma Guide – The Mesothelioma Guide is an advocacy organization dedicated to helping patients diagnosed with asbestos illnesses as well as anyone exposed to asbestos.

Mobility International USA – Facilitates multicultural exchanges among people with disabilities.

MrPaws – Service dog supplies including vests, collars and leashes, patches, custom ID cards, and more.

Multiple Sclerosis Society – A collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now—to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – Dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.  Their site has “Easy-to-understand information about mental illnesses, mental health care, diagnosis, treatment and recovery.”

National Council on Aging – The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. Our mission is to improve the lives of older Americans.

Nursing Home Abuse Center (NHAC) – The NHAC was founded on the principles of dignity and respect for some of the most vulnerable citizens.

Performance Mobility – A leader in the mobility industry and conveniently located in Scottsdale and Mesa. Performance Mobility offers a vast inventory of new and used wheelchair accessible vehicles, a reliable and experienced service department, as well as handicapped van rentals.

Power Paws Assistance Dogs – Provides highly skilled assistance dogs to adults and children with disabilities.

Protecting Arizona’s Family Coalition – The Protecting Arizona’s Family Coalition (PAFCO) is a historic, diverse, non-partisan alliance of social services, health, community service agencies, advocacy groups, citizen advocacy, and faith-based associations.

Raising Special Kids – A non-profit organization of families helping families of children with disabilities and special health needs in Arizona. All programs and services are provided to families free of charge. At all ages and stages of a child’s development, Raising Special Kids supports parents through their many programs.

Refinance & Mortgage Guide for People with Disabilities – Features and consumer guides designed to educate as well as inform the reader, including a guide on home refinancing for people with disabilities.

Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Secondary Conditions in the Rehabilitation of Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury – This site provides useful information and knowledge about how to prevent secondary conditions such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, and pressure ulcers after a spinal cord injury (SCI).  They are also working hard to develop educational and training tools for both consumers and clinicians.

Spina Bifida Association of Arizona – To promote awareness of Spina Bifida and enhance the lives of those affected.

Sun Sounds of Arizona – Sun Sounds of Arizona provides audio access to current printed information that is otherwise unavailable to any person who cannot use print because of a disability.

Through the Looking Glass (TLG) is a National Resource Center for Parents with Disabilities. They offer direct services, training, materials, and research concerning families in which a child, parent, or grandparent has a disability or medical issue.

Understanding Cyberbullying in College – Tips, tools, and solutions for recognizing and stopping bullying in social media and online.

U.S. Congress / House of Representatives – The official website of the U.S. Congress and House of Representatives.

U.S. Congress/ Senate – The official website of the U.S. Congress and Senate.

U.S. Office of Personnel Management – Offers information in clear and understandable language on federal job opportunities, accommodation issues, benefits, and telecommuting. Also contains an E-learning training module for managers on reasonable accommodation, as well as information on laws and executive orders on disability employment.

Valley Center of the Deaf – (VCD) is a community-based organization that empowers Deaf and hard of hearing individuals to live independently and achieve their personal goals.  VCD seeks to “fill the gaps” in the community by providing services which are not available elsewhere.

VALLEYLIFE – Formerly known as Valley of the Sun School and Habilitation Center is a not for profit community-based organization and one of Arizona’s oldest agencies providing services to individuals with disabilities.

Valley of the Sun United Way – Valley of the Sun United Way is a local nonprofit organization that brings our community together and focuses resources on the most critical human care needs in the Valley.  Thanks to the generous support of more than 160,000 people throughout Maricopa County, we’re helping to improve lives every day.

ViewFinder Low Vision Resource Center – ViewFinder Low Vision Resource Center’s mission is to improve the quality of life for those who are visually impaired through awareness, resources, and solutions.

VMI Mobility Center – VMI Mobility sells new/used wheelchair accessible vehicles and mobility scooter lifts in Arizona.

We’re MOVING FORWARD! – We are made up of brain injury survivors, family, and friends, in the Phoenix metro area whose common goal is to increase their interaction with others outside the “support group” environment. We welcome anyone whose life has been affected by brain injury and find themselves in similar circumstances to contact us and get involved!

World Institute on Disability – Conducts international research and develops policy for cutting-edge disability issues and tries to overcome obstacles to independent living.

Arizona Mature Workers – Assisting mature workers in finding employment in today’s workforce.

Other Links

American Recall Center – We are dedicated to providing the public with information on defective drug, device, & healthcare safety information.

APS Safety Information – Keep your home a safe haven by learning these simple, yet powerful ways to prevent power-related accidents.   Spanish Language resources and information available here.

ConsumerAffairs – A consumer news and advocacy organization which includes consumer news, recall information and tens of thousands of pages of consumer reviews.

Health Care Dot Gov  – The federal government site where you can learn all about health care reform, including specifics about the law, health insurance exchanges, preventative care, insurance options by state, etc.

MyMoney – There’s good news for Americans who want help getting a handle on their finances.  The official government website is dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics of financial education.  The new site has enhanced interactive features and provides more resources to Americans seeking information that can help with their personal financial decisions.

Paying for Senior Care – The Independent Living Resource Locator Tool is a searchable database of assistance programs and options that help pay for or reduce the cost of home modifications and caring for the elderly and disabled.

SRP Safety Information – SRP Safety Connection™ is an outreach program that aims to educate the public about safety issues. Vital information in English and Spanish is provided to more than 250,000 people annually to help keep families and children safe around water and electricity.

Together RX – “Thousands of eligible, hardworking people with no prescription drug coverage are now saving on the medicines they need with the Together Rx Access® Card.  Most cardholders save 25%–40%* on brand-name prescription products.”

25 Tips To Make Home Safe For Seniors (Especially Those Living Independently) –  It’s essential to safeguard homes for seniors, as there is not always someone to discover and help them quickly.

Traveling With A Disability

Accessing Arizona– A blog designed to give people with disabilities some realistic information about wheelchair accessible places to visit in Arizona.

Airports and Special Needs Travel: A Complete Guide

The Essential Guide to Traveling with a Medical Condition

Tips for Traveling With Diabetes

Viajes To Go Vacations – Arizona (or Phoenix area) travel consultant that assists those with disabilities in making accessible travel arrangements ranging from mobility to sensory and cognitive impairments.