Blogs


Bill Hart

Do drive-by lawsuits run over businesses and people with disabilities?
Bill Hart and Erica McFadden
January 3, 2017

Twenty-six years after passage of the ADA, too many people with disabilities still feel as though some Arizona businesses are unwelcome to them. Physical obstacles, barriers and a lack of building access force many people with disabilities to strategize over what others take for granted, such as where to go to eat, where to shop and even where they can use a restroom.


Kendra L. Smith

Does fact checking matter? Yes ... and no
Kendra L. Smith
October 3, 2016

Fact checking has gone mainstream. Although fact checking is far from being a new concept or practice in the political arena, the 2016 U.S. presidential election has renewed interests in more substantive fact checking by the news media.

Why is this?


Erica McFadden

Police, public response to mental-health issues is alarming
Erica McFadden
September 22, 2016

Two months ago in Florida, Arnaldo Rios Soto, a 26-year-old man with autism and schizophrenia, was playing with his toy truck in the middle of a street. His caregiver was with him, trying to coax him back to the group home.

Police arrived.


Erica McFadden

For here or to go?
Erica McFadden
August 25, 2016

Yes, my family is one. I mean one of those families with small children that fast food has occasionally rescued as we race from one appointment to the next. We’re not, however, among the thousands of Arizona families that have little choice but fast food – a diet that is helping make them sick. And that should make the rest of us worried.


Joseph Garcia

Battle over the ballot box: Voter fraud vs. voter suppression
Joseph Garcia
August 3, 2016

There is a battle for the ballot box that’s being fought in the nation’s courtrooms: Voter fraud vs. voter suppression.


Kendra L. Smith

Understanding the 2016 U.S. presidential campaigns via Facebook
Kendra L. Smith
August 3, 2016

The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election is heating up and in less than four months, we will have a new president-elect. An important aspect of U.S. elections since the 2008 presidential campaigns has been the use of social media to connect with voters.


Erica McFadden

ADA's 26th anniversary is not about looking back
Erica McFadden
July 25, 2016

Mark your calendar: July 26 is the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

“Big deal: 26,” you say. “So what?"

For the more than 1 million Arizonans who directly benefit from ADA on a daily basis and count on its continued progress toward equity and access, every ADA birthday is a big deal – and therefore should be to the rest of us, as well.


Erica McFadden

A parent’s toughest task: planning to let go
Erica McFadden
July 1, 2016

My 3-year-old frowned and crossed her arms.


Denny Barney

Helping those with serious mental illness
Denny Barney
June 22, 2016

Every year, there are an estimated 2 million people with serious mental illness (SMI) admitted to jails across the nation. The vast majority (3 out of 4) also have drug and alcohol problems. Inmates with mental illnesses tend to stay in jail  longer, cost two to three times more, and are more likely to end up back in jail, which is exactly where many of them don’t belong.

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