Community Programs

In order to improve the lives of the disabled and create a welcoming atmosphere for them, we provide programs that integrate the community into our mission and goals.  

ADE Assistive Technology Short Term Loan Library

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The mission of the ADE Assistive Technology Short Term Loan Library is to make a wide variety of assistive technology devices, equipment, software and professional development materials available to school personnel in order to improve access to assistive technology—at no cost. The program is designed to provide short-term (4 weeks) loans of assistive technology for learning products.

For more information contact:

Janelle Bauerle

AmeriCorps- Arizona National Service Inclusion Project  

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This project is a collaboration between the Governor's Office for Children, Youth and Families and the Institute for Human Development at Northern Arizona University. The project’s goal is to promote and support full participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of national and community service through collaboration between individuals with disabilities, disability advocacy and service organizations and national and community service organizations. This includes:

  • development of a work group of national service and disability representatives to guide the process of making national service programs more inclusive
  • providing guidance on policy and practice issues
  • making presentations about inclusion of people with disabilities at conferences
  • promoting awareness about national service opportunities
  • facilitating translation of AmeriCorps State program recruitment materials into alternative formats

For more information contact: 

John McDermott, Project Coordinator

Arizona Early Intervention Program – Staff Development and Training Project (ASDTP)

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The AzEIP Staff Development and Training Project (ASDTP) provides support to early intervention programs, providers and families within the Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP) through an interagency agreement with the Department of Economic Security (DES). Through interagency agreements with the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), the Arizona Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (ASDB) and its own contractors, AzEIP is responsible for administrating and overseeing early intervention services throughout the state. Early intervention programs provide supports and services to enhance the capacity of families to support their infants and toddlers with delays or disabilities to thrive in their homes and communities.

ASDTP provides:

  • technical assistance and guidance to enhance knowledge, confidence, and performance of IDEA, Part C, AzEIP policies and procedures, and State initiatives 
  • standards of practice for AzEIP’s Comprehensive System of Personnel Development. All core team early intervention practitioners must meet the knowledge and skills components of the AzEIP Standards of Practice. 
  • program registration includes a database to track and monitor both individual and program registration into the AzEIP system.  
  • research and preparation of technical assistance materials relating to early childhood law, policy, and practice recommendations  

For more information, visit the AzEIP Staff Development and Training Project site or contact:

Barbara Kramer

Arizona Technology Access Program (AzTAP)

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Our 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.

AzTAP offers comprehensive set of programs and services including:

  • Information and assistance for assistive technology related questions
  • Demonstrating AT devices from our inventories of approximately 4000 AT-related products
  • Lending out devices for short term use
  • Consulting with clients to help them select and obtain technology that matches their unique needs
  • Operating an online equipment re-use program
  • Providing affordable financial loans to help people buy the technology they need

Please follow this link to AzTAP

For more information contact:

Jill Pleasant 

Arizona University Center on Disabilities (AzUCD)

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The University Centers on Disabilities were established by President Kennedy's Panel on Mental Retardation to serve as a bridge between universities and communities. The underlying premise for University Centers on Disabilities is how the active, reciprocal exchange of information and resources between communities and institutions of higher education would benefit persons with disabilities through improved systems of service and personnel preparation.

For more information about the Arizona University Center on Disabilities, contact: 

Tom Uno 

Association of University Centers on Disabilities 

Assistive Technology Center

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The Assistive Technology (AT) Center is a resource to the communities of Northern Arizona and statewide. Located on the Northern Arizona University (NAU) campus, the Center is a program of the Institute for Human Development (IHD) and supports the mission of IHD through the provision of direct services, interdisciplinary training, technical assistance, and information dissemination related to the field of AT.

For more information contact:

Deborah Mariage

Growing in Beauty Partnership Program (GIBPP)

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The Institute for Human Development’s Growing in Beauty Partnership Program (GIBPP) is funded by the Navajo Nation’s Education Department to assist the Navajo tribe in addressing their intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with Arizona’s Part C Program for infants and toddlers. The IGA requires the tribal program to identify and serve children with disabilities from birth to three years old and their families as regulated by Part C of the Individuals Disabilities Education Improvement Act. The Growing in Beauty Partnership Program provides staff such as speech language pathologists, physical therapists and occupational therapists to fill the personnel gaps in the tribal program’s interdisciplinary teams. In addition, the Institute’s GIBPP staff provide onsite technical assistance and training to support the tribal staff in the areas of service coordination, child find, child screening, eligibility determination, report writing, direct services, documentation, and program development to help build the tribal program’s capacity to meet the state and federal regulations of Part C.

For more information about the project contact:

Selita Mitchell
Phone: (928) 523-8026
TTY: (928) 523-1695
Fax: (928) 523-4909

IDEA capacity building grants

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IDEA capacity building grants encourage the development of programs that help meet the education requirements of students with a special emphasis on those with disabilities. The grants provide:

  • team training
  • mentoring opportunities
  • professional development
  • grant-related activities that encourage deep systemic change within a school or district

Arizona public education agencies serving students K-12 are eligible for the IDEA grant if they:

  • have submitted the most recent special education census and/or are serving students with special needs
  • have applied for current year IDEA Basic Entitlement funds
  • have approved special education policies and procedures on file with the Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services

For additional information, contact:

Celia Kujawski

Indian Children's Program (ICP)

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 The ICP:

  • strives to provide responsive, family-centered and community-based services for Native American children with known or suspected disabilities.
  • embraces the spirit of cultural diversity, collaboration and innovation.
  • works to improve the quality of services for Native American children with special needs by facilitating integrated development of family and community capabilities and resources.
  • is a consortium of Northern Arizona University, Utah State University, and the University of New Mexico.

For more information, visit the Indian Children’s Program website or contact:

Lynne Corbin

Meyerson Foundation: Play through Assistive Technology

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Children with disabilities are typically not provided with assistive technology tools that address play—a vital developmental activity.

In response to this, we’ve developed a library of play and recreation activity kits for children with disabilities. Learn more about the project and how you can rent the toy kits for free.

For more information contact:

Janis Doneski-Nicol

Special Education Learning Experiences for Competency in Teaching (SELECT) 

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SELECT is a federally funded program. Northern Arizona University courses are offered through SELECT to provide training to persons seeking to expand their skills in working with children with disabilities and are recommended for general and special education teachers, administrators, related service personnel, and para-educators.

For more information, contact:

Amy Grey