Accessible Arizona - Chapter of the United Spinal Association offers a new wave of advocacy in the form of a grass roots movement for people living with severe mobility disabilities in Arizona. We are not beholden to the politically correct culture like other disabled non-profits. We are just a group of people, fighting today for an accessible tomorrow. We do not have a large board or state funds, instead we have heart and drive. It is important for us to help fellow disabled Arizonans in need through acts of kindness, however our focus is to educate the public to address discrimination before it occurs. Education is the key to ending current discrimination and encouraging access. Where education fails we will take the measures necessary to enforce our rights. We present issues to legislators that are driven by the true needs of the community, and we are not afraid to take on any issue. We are a powerful group of successful, independent people who happen to have disabilities.
A Different Mindset
In order to better serve those with severe mobility disabilities we have to be able to speak candidly and question openly, and that is exactly what we do. Our direct approach reflects the frustration our members feel from discrimination, stereo-types, and non-compliance. We are strong-minded individuals who do not partake or support the victim mentality. We are merely seeking the opportunity to live the same quality of life our able-bodied counterparts enjoy.
01. NOT ALL DISABILITIES ARE CREATED EQUAL
An individual's needs change based on the severity of an their disability and circumstances. The limited resources we have need to go to those with the greatest need.
02. EDUCATION IS THE KEY TO AN ARIZONA ACCESSIBLE FOR US ALL
Education on the Americans with Disabilities Act and the rights afforded under it for both disabled and able-bodied individuals is necessary for any form of progress. Accessible AZ's main goal is to educate Arizona.
03. LOW- COST TO NO-COST SOLUTIONS ARE OUR FIRST RESORT
Arizona is a conservative state that is concerned with funding. The success of suggested legislation depends greatly on the financial impact it makes, therefore in order to increase the likelihood of adoption we must offer options that minimize financial impact.
04. ENFORCEMENT IS NECESSARY TO ACHIEVE ACCOUNTABILITY
Where education fails, enforcement prevails. Enforcement offers accountability necessary to ensure programs and benefits are not awarded to those who do not qualify.