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Disability benefit programs Arizona.

Find information on assistance programs available for the disabled in Arizona. Residents, including adults as well as children with a disability,  have access to several government sponsored financial aid programs, grants, medical services and more. There are also non-profit benefits that can help the disabled with various needs.

The financial aid programs and services for the disabled in Arizona are listed below. There is help for the caregiver as well as client. These resources are provided to them and are in addition to other low income, financial aid type programs that, in general, help low-income households. Some of the leading organizations are below.

Arizona Department of Economic Security, Division of Developmental Disabilities focuses on providing self-sufficiency. The benefits can help individuals with developmental disabilities achieve independence, stability and offer other support for caregivers and their family members. The organization may have referrals to financial aid, medical support, and much more.

Residents can also get information on the Arizona Long Term Care System. This is provided by the Division's Health Care Services and the organization coordinates the acute care services for person with developmental disabilities. For information or referrals dial (602) 542-4791.

Department of Economic Security, Rehabilitation Services Administration: Services for Blind/Visually Impaired and Deaf (SBVID). Programs administered include Vocational Rehabilitation, Services for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injuries as well as the Independent Living Blind Program which can help with transportation. The agency also coordinates Business Enterprise Program, Rehabilitation Services Administration and they also have available Assistive Technology Links such as handicapped  transportation as well as rides to a doctor. More on disability transportation.

They meet many of these goals by providing services and other support to promote the acquisition of skills and experiential learning. All of this, and more, will support the consumer in meeting his/her independent vocational and living goals. Staff will help clients integrate and contribute to his/her community.

Some of the benefits of working with the Arizona agency include enhanced emotional, intellectual and social adjustment to visual impairment and blindness. They will also provide for the provision of techniques, tools and equipment which will enable the consumer to achieve independent living and travel functioning.




The focus of Blind/Visually Impaired and Deaf is to help clients achieve successful employment. Examples of this will include assessments, skill acquisition, post-secondary training, work adjustment, job readiness training, etc. The state may also arrange for the assistive technology or computer training that may be needed. The client of the organization may receive assistance through rehabilitation counseling, working with job placement specialists, on evaluation and modification. Other assistance includes Vocational Counseling and Guidance, Rehabilitation Teaching for the Blind, Job Development and Placement, Orientation and Mobility Training, and more. (602) 266-6752.

Financial help and grant money in Arizona for the disabled

Public assistance and financial support is provided by the Department of Economic Security. The offices are in every county and most of this aid is for low income disabled families. Some of the programs include food stamps, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Cash Assistance, short term emergency help, Medicaid, homeless prevention and more.

Arizona residents with a disability can use almost any government benefit, as there may be grant money or free items to help them with basic needs. There is housing as well as medical care, including from Medicaid. A number of free dental clinics in Arizona also provide care, many of which are government qualified.

Part of this department is the DES Disability Determination Service Administration, or DDSA. They work with the federal government to help determine medical eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), which is also known as Title II. Or call the center for information on Supplemental Security Income (SSI), also known as Title XVI.

Other Arizona disability programs and agencies

Arizona Department of Economic Security, Division of Aging and Adult Services
Address is 1789 West Jefferson Street, (Site Code 950A)
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Call (602) 542-4446
The resources they oversee are for a diverse population, including the elderly, disabled, homeless, and others. Programs include emergency services, independent living, Community Development programs, utility disconnect, and more.

Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, Living Well Program
Location is 150 North 18th Avenue, Suite 520
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Dial the center at (602) 364-0526





Department of Health Services, Public Health Prevention Services, Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs, Children’s Rehabilitative Services (CRS)
150 North 18th Avenue, #330
Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 542-1860
The organization offers rehabilitation, family-centered medical treatment, and related benefits for children under age 21. It will assist those with qualifying chronic and disabling conditions. Care is arranged for in interdisciplinary clinics. The Department also coordinates and operates programs in disease prevention, behavioral health and control. They provide community public health, maternal and child health care, and other aid.

Division of Behavioral Health Services
Address is 150 North 18th Avenue, 2nd Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone number is (602) 364-4558

American Association of the Deaf (AZAD) Inc.
5025 North Central Avenue, PMB 277
Phoenix, AZ 85012

The ARC of Arizona
5610 South Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85040
(602) 234-2721

Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc.
Location: 3100 East Roosevelt Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Main phone number is (602) 273-7411

Agency Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing
1400 West Washington, Room 126
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Telephone number is (602).542-3323

Arizona Community Information & Referral
Address is 2200 North Central Avenue, Suite 601
Phoenix, AZ 85004
800-352-3792 from area codes 520 & 928

Agency Arizona Council of the Blind, Inc.
3124 East Roosevelt Street, Suite 4
Phoenix, AZ 85008-5088

Arizona Department of Economic Security - There are several branches to this agency. The services offered are extensive and address a number of needs.

  • Division of Aging and Adult Services, Main address is 1789 West Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007, Telephone - (602) 542-4446
  • Division of Aging and Adult Services Office of the State Long Term Care Ombudsman, 1789 West Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007. Call (602) 542-4446
  • Division of Developmental Disabilities, 1717 West Jefferson Street, Room 119, Phoenix, AZ 85007, (602) 542-4791
  • Rehabilitation Services Administration, Governor’s Council on Blindness and Visual Impairment, 1717 West Jefferson Street, Room 119, Phoenix, AZ 85007, (602) 542-4910
  • Rehabilitation Services Administration, Vocational Rehabilitation. While there are many offices in the state, the main one is at 3221 North 16th Street, Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85016-7159, (602) 266-6752





Arizona Department of Education
1535 West Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Arizona Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging
State Executive Tower, 1700 West Washington Street, Suite 240
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Call (602) 542-4710 for information.

Arizona Governor’s Council on Spinal and Head Injuries
Location is 3425 E. Van Buren St., Suite #102
Phoenix, Arizona 85008
Phone number: (602) 774-9148

Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) (the administrator of the Arizona Medicaid program)
801 East Jefferson Street, MD 4100
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Toll Free: 1-800-654-8713

Arizona Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
5025 East Washington Street, Suite 102
Phoenix, AZ 85034-2005
Phone (480) 968-2488

Arizona Paralyzed Veterans of America
8126 North 23rd Avenue, Suite J
Phoenix, AZ 85021
Phone (602) 244-9168

Agency Arizona School for the Blind, Tucson Campus
P.O. Box 85000
Tucson, AZ 85754
Call (520)770-3468 for information.

Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council
Main address is 5025 East Washington Street, Suite 214
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Toll-free (866) 262-7452

Autism Society of Greater Phoenix
P.O. Box 10543
Phoenix, AZ 85064-0543
(480) 940-1093

Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona
5025 E. Washington St. Ste. 108
Phoenix AZ  85034
Help-line is 602-323-9165, while the main phone number is 602-508-8024.

Learning Disabilities Association of Arizona
15740 North 83rd Avenue #1156
Peoria, AZ 85382
For dials, call (623) 975-4551.

Northern Arizona University’s Institute for Human Development
P.O. Box 5630
Flagstaff AZ 86011-5630
Main phone number is (928) 523-4791





Spina Bifida Association of Arizona
Address: 1001 East Fairmount Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85014
(602) 274-3323

United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona
1802 West Parkside Lane
Phoenix, AZ 85027
(602) 943-5472
Toll-free (888) 943-5472

The University of Arizona Center on Aging
1807 East Elm Street
Tucson, AZ 85719-4324
Call (520) 626-5800

University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service
Address is 1521 East Helen Street
Tucson, AZ 85719
Dial (520) 626-0442


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