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Direct Center for Independence: DIRECT is a designated 501 c (3) non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the Independent Living philosophy by encouraging, equipping, and empowering individuals with disabilities within the Tucson/southern Arizona community to lead active and independent lives to the fullest extent possible. DIRECT receives funding from various sources including: the Arizona Rehabilitation Services Administration, Arizona Department of Economic Security, the City of Tucson Community Development Block grant, Pima County, United Way of Southern Arizona, and through fundraising and private donations. Through these funding sources, DIRECT is able to offer most services free of charge.

COPD: Community Outreach Program for the Deaf (COPD) provides services throughout Arizona to persons with a hearing loss. COPD is considered a grassroots organization partnering with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind persons and organizations in establishing services and providing a "one-stop" center for persons with a hearing loss.

SAAVI: Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired has been working with blind and visually impaired people since 1964 and serves over 2,000 blind and visually impaired clients per year. SAAVI was formed by two sisters for visually impaired individuals and has made innovative changes in the past 45 years with a goal to provide dynamic and progressive programs and services to meet the needs of people with a vision loss.

Tucson Alliance For Autism:  The Tucson Alliance for Autism (TAFA) is a 501(c)3  non-profit charitable organization that serves as your family’s guide through these often bumpy waters.  We make it our business to know all the resources out there thanks to dedicated and knowledgeable staff and board members.  We are here to ensure that your child gets the best care possible and that families and individuals can address the challenges of a diagnosis with support and confidence.

Pima Community College Access and Disability Resources:  Access and Disability Resources (ADR) works to open Pima Community College’s educational opportunities to the entire community, including those with disabilities, by supporting the creation of a College environment without physical, social, or academic barriers.

Arizona Center for Disability Law: The Arizona Center for Disability Law (the Center) is a federally-designated Protection and Advocacy System for the State of Arizona.  Protection and Advocacy Systems (P&As) throughout the United States assure that the human and civil rights of persons with disabilities are protected.

City of Tucson Disability Resources:  If you are an applicant or participant with one or more disabled household members, you may request a reasonable accommodation for any of Public Housing Authority’s rules, policies, practices or services in order to take full advantage of the programs and services that are offered.

Americans with Disabilities Act, City of Tucson:  In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was established to ensure inclusive and equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in all aspects of American life.  The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability and provides for equal access to programs, services and activities.  The City of Tucson is committed to ensuring that the terms and conditions mandated by the ADA are enforced within the City’s level of authority and within its jurisdiction. 

Linkages Arizona:  Contribute to the economy by linking employers with qualified candidates to ensure every person with a disability and veteran has an opportunity for employment.