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 Pam Larson.  For-profit companies will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Quick links to the sections below:

Arizona Centers for Independent LivingDurable Medical Equipment (DME)HousingIndependent Living Centers in the United StatesInformation and ReferralsOther Disability-relatedOther Links

Centers for Independent Living

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 – is 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)

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

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

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


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.

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.

Community Information & Referral – is 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 – is 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.

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.

Access-able– travel options available to people with disabilities

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

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

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 Disability Post – a repository of current disability-related events and information.

Arizona Disabled Sports – is 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 Advocacy Coalition –  AzDAC 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 Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities – the mission of the Arizona Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities is to work in partnership with individuals with developmental disabilities and their families through systems change, advocacy and capacity building activities that promote independence, choice and the ability of all individuals to pursue their own dreams.

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 is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with spinal cord injuries.

Arizona State Legislature Website – the official web site of the Arizona State Legislature.

AZ Links – your Link to Aging & Disability Resources.  ABILITY360 is a key partner agency in developing AZ Links.  AZ Links is Arizona’s Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC), which was created to help Arizona seniors, people with disabilities, caregivers and family members locate resources and services that meet their needs.

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 – new spinal cord research project, as seen in 2/2/01 Arizona Republic

Benefits Checkup – developed and maintained by The National Council on Aging (NCOA), BenefitsCheckUp 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) – is the only statewide organization in Arizona dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with brain injuries and their families and working to prevent brain injuries.  They have been providing information and referrals, education, advocacy and support for those affected by brain injury since 1983.

Center for Accessible Society(CAS) – acts as a communications clearinghouse dedicated to expanding media coverage of critical disability-related issues. CAS is 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.

Concrete Change – Promotes “An international effort to make all homes Visitable! Priovides 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 goverment 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.

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.

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

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 insitutes 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 Web site 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.

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 – is 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) – is 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.

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 – is 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 clinician.

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 & Solutions for recognizing and stopping bullying in social media and online.

U.S. Congress / House of Representatives – The official web site of the U.S. congress and House of Representatives.

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.

U.S. Senate – The official web site of the U.S. Senate.

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 – ABILITY360 is a proud Primary Partner with 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.

View Finder Low Vision Resource Center – The ViewFinder Low Vision Resource Centers are nationally recognized optometric practice that specializes in low vision rehabilitation. They provide a monthly lecture and community resource information.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.”