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December 9, 2016 | Arizona Attorney General Sued for Not Enforcing the ADA
November 15, 2016 | AID.org Willing to Take Punches and Black Eyes for Individuals with Disabilities November 7, 2016 | Attorney General Led Seminar to Protect Businesses' Ability to Discriminate Against Individuals with Disabilities November 2, 2016 | AID.org Offers a United Front for Individuals with Disabilities Who Have Experienced Discrimination When Others Can't
October 27, 2016 | AID Saves Lives of Brothers with Disabilities Regardless of Troubled Past
October 24, 2016 | Attorney General Fails to Enforce Over 9,000 ADA Civil Right Violations and Fights to Stop AID.org
October 20, 2016 | AZ Attorney General Rallies in Favor of Civil Rights Discrimination Against Individuals with Disabilities
October 14, 2016 | AID Foundation Association Membership Grows as Attorney General Intervention Gains Publicity
September 29, 2016 | AID.org Tasks Attorney General's Office to Investigate Over 9,000 Documented ADA Violators
September 8, 2016 | AID Continues Strict Enforcement of All Compliance Agreements
August 29, 2016 | AID Foundation Fights Back Against False Media Report and Public Comments
August 15, 2016 | AID Foundation Assists Special Education Teacher
August 10, 2016 | AID Foundation Makes Largest Donation Yet, Helping 150 Students
August 2, 2016 | AID Foundation Grants a Dying Wish to a Widower
July 29, 2016 | AID Foundation Experiences First-Hand Non Compliance Issues and Sets Example for Others with Wave of Compliance
July 27, 2016 | AID Foundation Was Just in Time, Helping Save a 6-Year-Old's Life With a CGM Device
July 21, 2016 | AID Foundation Gifts Computer to Help Get Individual With Disability Back Into the Workforce
July 18, 2016 | AID Foundation Lawsuits Holding Businesses Accountable, Causing Massive ADA Compliance
July 18, 2016 | Phoenix-area activists, businesses go head-to-head in flood of Americans With Disabilities Act lawsuits
July 13, 2016 | Patient Learns to Live Again After Traumatic Brain Injury
July 11, 2016 | Payson Family Races with 4-Year-Old Daughter, Sister with Special Needs
July 7, 2016 | Campaign of THANKS to Civil Rights Champions Across the Valley!
July 6, 2016 | AID Foundation Launches ADA Parking Lot Compliance in an Educational Three Step Process
July 1, 2016 | Girl with Aicardi Syndrome Feels the Wind on Her Face Once Again
June 23, 2016 | Girl with Aicardi Syndrome Feels the Wind on Her Face Once Again
June 24, 2016 | Arizona Heat Becomes Dangerous for Low-Income Persons with Disabilities
July 7, 2016 | Campaign of THANKS to Civil Rights Champions Across the Valley!
June 20, 2016 | AID.org Helps Woman Walk for the First Time in 5 Years
June 16, 2016 | AID.org's Mission to Begin the Decade's Largest Fight Against Discrimination
June 16, 2016 | 83-Year-Old Finds Freedom After Stroke Leaves Her Paralyzed
June 04, 2016 | AID.org Helps Mom Ease into Changing Life with Disabilities
May 27, 2016 | A Struggling Disabled Vet Humbled by Human Kindness
May 24, 2016 | A Grandmother Receives a Life-Changing Gift
May 13, 2016 | AID.org Finds 95% of Valley Parking Lots NOT in Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act
May 05, 2016 | Valley Cities Proclaim May as Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities Month
April 29, 2016 | AID Helps Bring Business Owner's Parking Lot One Step Closer to Full ADA Compliance
April 27, 2016 | Mom of Six Can Sleep Sound After Donation from AID Foundation
April 25, 2016 | Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities Fight for Civil Rights through Compliance and Generosity
April 11, 2016 | A Woman's Small Request Ends with a Life-Altering Impact
March 29, 2016 | Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities Ramps Up Providing Resources That Drastically Improve the Lives of Those in Need
March 25, 2016 | Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities Continues to Gift Those in Need
March 18, 2016 | Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities Organizations Changes the Life of an Arizona Child
March 17, 2016 | Advocates for American Disabled Individuals Changes Its Name to Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities
March 04, 2016 | Advocates for American Disabled Individuals Provides Assistance and Opens Doors for the Arizona-Based Community of Individuals with Disabilities
Brnovich Joins the Ranks of Arizona's Civil Rights Violators
MESA, ARIZONA, MARICOPA, March 20, 2017 - Arizona’s Attorney General, Mark Brnovich has taken massive action to protect civil rights violators and actively refuses to enforce the rights of those with disabilities. Mark Brnovich appears to be dead set on making Arizona the first Sanctuary State for civil rights violators who discriminate against the individuals with disabilities.
On paper, all three branches of the Arizona Government are excited to protect the civil rights of the minority of individuals with disabilities; the legislature passed the Arizonans with Disabilities Act which allows “any person” to bring suit to enforce the rights of the minority (see A.R.S. 41-1492.08). The legislators empower private attorneys general, that is, private citizens, to enforce the rights of minorities. Despite the above noted statute, Attorney General has argued that only he is allowed to...
Members of AID Take Brnovich to Court for Turning a Blind Eye to Over 9,000 Documented ADA Violations
MESA, ARIZONA, MARICOPA, December 9, 2016 - Members of Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities - Foundation ("AID"), filed a lawsuit known as a writ of mandamus, against the Arizona State Attorney General, Mark Brnovich (“AG”), for failing to enforce the AzDA as required by Arizona statute in regards to over 9,000 ADA violation complaints. A writ of mandamus is filed to compel a party to execute or complete a duty they are legally bound to complete, in this case, enforcement of the Arizonans with Disabilities Act by the AG.
The AG has been fighting AID’s civil rights efforts to shock Arizona businesses into compliance with the 26-year-old ADA, claiming...
If You Are Afraid to Take Hits You Can Never Win a Fight…
Phoenix, Arizona (November 15, 2016) – Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities - Foundation ("AID.org").
“Finally, after 26 years of ADA disabilities organizations failing and cowering from fear of being attacked, harassed, pressured and intimidated by salacious media and fear of having their funding cut off by business who continue to willfully and openly violate the civil rights of individuals with disabilities, a fearless and powerful civil rights champion has taken up the fight, and oh what a fight it is…,” said Mr. Callan AID’s de facto representative.
Mr. Callan explained, “Disability organizations who largely rely on donations from business, (on average 95% off which are non-ADA compliant) are extremely fearful of losing their funding. If they lose their funding they must close and will no longer be able to...
Attorney General Led Seminar to Protect Businesses’ Ability to Discriminate Against Individuals with Disabilities
ADA is like having Laws but No Police Force to Enforce Them
MESA, ARIZONA, MARICOPA, November 7, 2016 -- Not only has the Arizona Attorney General (“AG”) failed to enforce the ADA for over 26 years, but now the AG’s office is actively and aggressively attempting to prevent AID.org from enforcing the ADA laws passed by the United States Congress and the Arizona Legislature.
AID has discovered though its undercover attendance of a 10-20-2016 seminar lead by the AG’s staff that their plan is to file in early November, for a complete dismissal of the 1,289 ADA related cases filed by AID without requiring ANY of the ADA violations to be corrected. The AG is effectively trying to give all 1,289-violating business a “Get Out of Jail Card”, a “Wink and a Nod” and a “Thumbs Up” to simply keep on discriminating against individuals with disabilities without any penalty or liability. The AG’s representative and other attorneys at the seminar exclusively discussed...
AID.org Offers a United Front for Individuals with Disabilities Who Have Experienced Discrimination When Others Can't
Those Who Have Experienced Handicap Parking Discrimination Now Have a Resource That Will Fight and Take the Hits for Them
PHOENIX, AZ--(November 02, 2016) - Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities - Foundation ("AID.org") informs all individuals with disabilities who have experienced civil rights discrimination by businesses that violate the ADA in their parking lot that AID.org, at their expense and risk, will take on the fight for them. Just complete the simple form located at www.aid.org/membership-report-violation.html.
AID has made a public commitment to assist those within Arizona that have experienced unequal access to parking lots at public accommodations by offering to keep them out of the public eye while pushing violating businesses to become compliant through litigation.
From the Street to the Streets -- Fighting for the Rights of the Disabled…
PHOENIX, AZ--(October 27, 2016) - Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities - Foundation ("AID.org"). Just a few months ago AID learned about Jason Thomas and his caretaking brother, Danny Thomas, living on the streets due to Jason losing his leg in a tragic traffic accident, complications from diabetes and the resulting medical bills. After learning about the life restricting discrimination facing Jason from losing his leg and Danny from serving time in prison, AID felt compelled to help them get their lives back on track if they were dedicated and willing to help themselves.
Stabilizing the brothers medically was AID's first priority, and this has, to date, been credited with saving the life of Jason. Additionally, AID provided further assistance, so that they could again become employable, such as proper clothing, grooming, affordable lodging, food, transportation, valid driver's license, counseling, continuing education and a mentorship program.
AG Takes No Know Action and Remains Ineffective Compared to AID
Phoenix, Arizona (October 24, 2016) – Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities - Foundation ("AID.org"). The Arizona Attorney General (“AG”) openly admits that they enforce on average less than one ADA Civil Rights violation case per year in regards public accommodations, in spite of the fact that nearly 30,000 such Arizona business continue to openly discriminate against individuals with disabilities, according to AID’s survey of well over 10,000 business. No wonder discrimination against individuals with disabilities is so rampant in Arizona. “It’s because the AG, the agency who is required by law to enforce the ADA, turns a blind eye to the law and attacks those, who at their own expense, take on the task the AG ignores.” said Alex Callan, AID’s de facto representative.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) protects the rights of individuals with disabilities, granting them the same enjoyment of public facilities as those without disabilities. Individuals with disabilities’ right to equal access can be enforced though private litigation (as AID does) or by the AG...
AZ Attorney General Rallies in Favor of Civil Rights Discrimination Against Individuals with Disabilities
AG Leads Seminar to Protect Businesses' Ability to Discriminate Against Individuals with Disabilities by fighting AID.org
Phoenix, Arizona (October 20, 2016) – Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities - Foundation ("AID.org"), has filed nearly 2,000 civil rights enforcement actions in the Arizona courts and over 9,000 complaints with the Attorney General's office ("AG") against business locations documenting their ADA violations. "AID is shocked and dismayed but emboldened in its ADA compliance mission as a result of the AG's continued efforts to protect and further discrimination against individuals with disabilities," stated Alex Callan, the de facto representative of AID.
Today, the first of the pro-discrimination classes / seminars is now being led by the Arizona Attorney General, Mark Brnovich's staff. Matthew du Mee, staff member of the AG will be focusing on how to squelch ADA compliance actions to allow...
3rd Party ADA Lawsuits Now Being Prepped for New Association Members Strengthens AID’s Compliance Mission
Phoenix, Arizona (October 14, 2016) – As the Arizona Attorney General continues to try to allow THOUSANDS of business to get away with their discrimination against individuals with disabilities more and more committed individuals are stepping up and joining the Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities Foundation’s (“AID”) association to make Arizona ADA compliant.
AID has filed thousands of ADA related cases in Arizona and the Arizona Attorney General, Mark Brnovich...
Attorney General Opposes Enforcement of ADA Law
Phoenix, Arizona (September 29, 2016) – Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities - Foundation ("AID.org") has filed complaints on over 9,000 business locations with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office along with supporting and verified evidence documenting their ADA violations.
AID.org has spent nearly $200,000 in preparing and filing these...
Certain Agreed-Upon Compliance Dates Have Now Passed
The goal of the AID Foundation is rapid and widespread ADA Compliance on a national level. As of today, AID has filed nearly 2,000 ADA enforcement lawsuits to force public accommodations (businesses), who fail to willfully comply with the 26-year-old American with Disabilities Act, to come into compliance. So far 269 public accommodations have entered into negotiated settlement agreements to correct their ADA violations and be compliant by an agreed upon date.
Foundation finds their voice after facing death threats from false claims made by local news outlet
Phoenix, AZ (August 29, 2016) – The following is a statement by the AID Foundation:
Recent false, distorted and bias media reports from a local TV news outlet on the AID Foundation have caused death threats and spread hate against employees and individuals with disabilities associated with the foundation.
A spokesperson from the AID Foundation said, “Now it is our turn to speak without being chased by cameras, ambushed, and harassed with accusatory questions. The overdramatic reporter manipulated the story to sensationalize it and spread his hate of individuals with disabilities. Using unethical tactics and sources, he’s promoted hate so his sources and the company he works for could line their pockets.”
The AID Foundation was formed with private funding of nearly $1 Million by an anonymous individual who recently lost a spouse and child in a tragic accident involving their whole family. With his two surviving children in comas, he endured countless surgeries and months in hospital beds, wheelchairs, walkers, crutches and walking with canes. While dealing with incredible loss, it was also necessary to learn to talk, walk, work and navigate life in pain coupled with the stares and discrimination that continues today due to the effects of the accident and resulting disabilities.
This family went from leading a normal life to facing discrimination everywhere they went. They were gawked at in public and deterred from entering businesses because they couldn’t unload their wheelchairs in parking lots, fit through doors, or even use the restrooms in public accommodations.
The founder of AID Foundation gathered likeminded people who were dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities including, one of the most experienced and aggressive Americans with Disabilities Act attorneys. Together it was determined the most effective way to make a change was through judicial enforcement actions and the resulting media attention. The group realized in order to be effective on a national scale, a tremendous amount of funding would be necessary and a revolutionary method of fund raising would be required. Fortunately, attorney Peter Strojnik agreed to donate 100% of all monies received from these ADA enforcement actions to the Aid Foundation to fund the endeavor. These funds would exclusively be used to expand ADA compliance and help fulfill the needs of individuals with disabilities though charitable grants nationwide.
The group realized that their methods would be frowned upon by law-breaking businesses and their supporters, who have been accustom to getting away with discrimination against individuals with disabilities and the law for the last 26 years. However, the founders, unlike all others before them, have the guts, determination and resources to take on lawbreaking business to be the first charitable and civil rights organization in history to develop a self-funding and self-perpetuating model that will, for the first time in history, make a meaningful difference in ADA compliance.
The group realized change causes discomfort and that many businesses, which were used to discriminating against individuals with disabilities, whether intentionally or inadvertently, would fight the change. Knowing the immense fight would benefit a group discriminated against since the beginning of time, they’ve become more determined to fight for these civil rights each time they’re attacked.
To date, in just their first few months, the lives of over 250 individuals with disabilities have been changed by the charitable grants of the AID Foundation. Additionally, thousands of businesses are now working on becoming compliant without the need for legal enforcement actions. In addition, countless others are now agreeing to voluntarily become ADA compliant in the near future.
Contrary to the news report, the AID Foundation does provide notice to businesses before filing suit. In Maricopa County alone, the AID Foundation sent out over 40,000 notices to businesses regarding upcoming inspections and suits if the businesses didn’t comply or notify AID of compliance efforts within 30 days.
The news report also falsely claimed that AID Foundation was making millions of dollars, saying they charged every business between $3,000 - $7,000. AID Foundation says, “Not true. All settlement agreements are negotiated separately based upon their own merits and both the violating public accommodation and AID Foundation mutually agree if any amount should be paid. All information to the contrary is false, inflammatory, misleading. The reporter chose to only show businesses where payment was required.”
Furthering their unethical practices, the reporter ambushed a 73-year-old man and questioned if he was disabled enough. AID Foundation says, “Although access to state paperwork and his doctors to prove his disabilities were granted, they refused to take action or report the truth. Instead, they ambushed him. You would never ask someone their race or their gender. One day, we hope individuals with disabilities will be treated with the same respect for their privacy in health matters and not subject to the hate of people like Biscobing.”
AID Foundation says another unethical oversight in the report was when the reporter held up tax documents from 2014 saying Dave Ritzenthaler had paid himself a salary. “The tax documents were from another 501c3 charity, Total Life Ministries which David Ritzenthaler started in 1993. The AID Foundation was not even formed until January 20th of 2016. There was no way he could have paid himself a salary from AID Foundation that did not exist in 2014, or 2015.”
Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities Foundation’s parking lot also came under fire. The AID Foundation says, “We are a private foundation. Our office is not a public accommodation and does not have the same requirements under the ADA as businesses that accept customers. Even so, we have been working with our landlord to voluntarily bring all of their locations into compliance even before we were fully moved in.”
In an attempt to make a statement about the importance of self-compliance, the AID Foundation’s landlord agreed to voluntarily make improvements to become compliant at all of the parking lots for their nearly 200 locations, only some of which include public accommodations. AID Foundation adds, “Despite discussing this with Biscobing during his attack interview, he edited it out and only presented a sensationalized version of the facts. We have offered confirmation of this to Biscobing in the form of invoices, quotes, and direct communication with the landlord. He refused this information and has failed to get the full story or report fairly.”
During a third ambush, the news outlet sent a reporter to the office building after hours. AID Foundation says a young woman was working late and concerned about their actions. Her reaction was to film what she perceived as the illegal activity to make sure she would be safe.
AID Foundation says, “This young woman has a right to be fearful. The reporter himself asks her, on camera, if she is afraid of him and she confirmed that she was. While we don’t understand how showing a blooper of her shoe breaking was important for a news story, we have come to expect this type of reporting from Biscobing. Due to the theatrics and anticipated creative editing we experienced and expected from Biscobing, it was determined his raw statements should be memorialized for our records. Our dedicated and relentless staff members’ only goal is to advance the time in which the US is compliant with the ADA so they’re even willing to stand in the hot sun with a broken shoe to stop additional discrimination. She, in particular, is an incredible part of the AID team, and does not see why her broken shoe is news compared to tens of thousands of ADA violators.”
About Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities Foundation ("AID.org")
AID.org, a 501c3 nonprofit company was formed in January 2016 as Civil Rights Champions in order to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities through charitable gifts, opportunities and the removal of equal access barriers for the over 43 million Americans who live with disabilities caused by one or more conditions.
AID.org sends notices and then acts as private attorneys general to ensure compliance. AID.org’s focus is on the most readily visible exterior equal access barriers which Federal, State and Attorney Generals have failed to enforce over the last 26 years. AID.org feels that these violations are a clear indicator of interior ADA violations, which we hope the violating business voluntarily correct.
“For the ADA to yield its promise of equal access for the disabled, it may indeed be necessary and desirable for committed individuals to bring serial litigation advancing the time when public accommodations will be compliant with the ADA.” AID.org is committed to bring serial litigation and is primarily self-funded though litigation settlement agreements and private funding.
Those with disabilities and their associates can request assistance and grants online at www.AID.org. To schedule an interview with the AID Foundation, please email media@AID.org.
Paul was burglarized and left with nothing, until AID Foundation stepped in
Paul not only lives with disabilities, but is a special needs teacher. To keep his job, he must complete online certifications annually. One night, Paul’s home was burglarized. He lost nearly everything worth value, including his computer. Without his online certifications, he wouldn’t be able to be there for his students this year. Paul didn’t know where to turn, and was faced with severe depression.
See Paul receiving his new computer:
Pendergast Elementary School District Receives Sensory Motor Room to Offer Comfortable Learning Environment
The AID Foundation made its largest donation to date in the form of a fully equipped sensory motor room. The donation is intended to benefit students with sensory disorders at Desert Mirage Elementary School, as well as help develop the sensory skills of all pre-school age children. The room will benefit more than 150 students with developmental learning challenges.
A Husband's Dying Wish Was to Get His Wife Hearing Aids
Glenda has had several curve balls thrown at her during life and has still managed to stay strong. Her husband had to medically retire at the age of 32 due to disabilities so the couple started a home based craft business for income. They never had the funds for hearing aids and that really troubled her husband because Glenda not being able to hear affected every aspect of her life. When he passed away in August of 2014, he asked his daughters to make sure that their mom could get hearing aids so that she could have a better quality of life.
See Glenda trying out the hearing aids for the first time:
AID Foundation Experiences First-Hand Non Compliance Issues and Sets Example for Others with Wave of Compliance
AID Foundation causes landlord to voluntarily comply with 200 Valley locations
AID Foundation has experienced first-hand what many Arizona businesses have for 26 years; ADA non-compliance at the building they lease. After just a few months of operation, and having to share limited space with others, the AID Foundation has just completed the daunting task of moving into an existing commercial office facility outfitted for its own use. This move was necessary to meet the needs of the staff required in order to fulfill its lofty goals of bringing a rapid wave of ADA Compliance across the country.
Within 72 Hours of Receiving Her Device, Mia Was Alerted About Dangerous Levels
Mia was diagnosed with type one diabetes on New Year's 2016 at just 5-years-old. Her mother, Tiffany had no idea what the disease meant to their lives. Thanks to Tiffany's quick response, she saved her daughter's life, but still had so many questions about a disease that was threatening her daughter daily.
Robert Is Taking CAD Courses to Build and Design Homes
AID Foundation's goal is to make life more accessible for individuals with disabilities. For some individuals it may be a wheelchair that simply allows for them to be mobile. For others it may be a vest that when worn enables them to actually walk and to speak clearly. It's what most of us take for granted.
For Robert Smith, his life became more accessbile with a new computer. This new computer mean muchs more to Robert than just a resourceful gadget. Besides allowing him to have a successful start in a new career field that can be a challenge for anyone, this new computer gives Robert self-confidence and independence from worrying where and how he was going to enter back in the workforce.
See the interview with Robert Smith below:
After 26 Years, ADA Compliance Is on the Forefront of Conversations Thanks to AID Foundation Efforts
AID Foundation began by asking what was it going to take to make businesses or public accommodations wake up and start taking ADA compliance seriously; the answer -- hit their pocketbooks, but only if they don't heed a final warning. Although not popular among lawbreakers, the change is happening in massive waves.
Phoenix-Area Activists, Businesses Go Head-to-Head in Flood of Americans With Disabilities Act Lawsuits
Kerry Hill Can Now Walk and Talk Independently and With Confidence
Patient learns to live again after traumatic brain injury. The AID Foundation witnessed a modern miracle when Kerry Hill put on her Balance Wear vest and began to walk straight lines, stand on one foot, and speak more clearly.
See a video Kerry Hill walking and talking again with her new BalanceWear vest below:
Local businesses receive a gold star surprise for ADA compliance
Local Valley businesses, 2,784 to be exact, were checked to see if their parking lots were in compliance. Only 154 of them passed the inspection. There are many individuals with disabilities that are discriminated against from some of these businesses because they are not ADA compliant. Businesses, we encourage you to get in compliance so that we may be a model state for civil rights.
AID.org Foundation's Video Promotes Simple 3-Point ADA Self-Inspection
For over 26 years, the Americans with Disabilities Act has been in effect, and there are still businesses today who are not complying with ADA Compliance. AID Foundation has produced an educational three step process in an effort to help these businesses.
See a video of the "Three Steps to ADA Compliance in Parking Lots" below:
AID.org Foundation Gifts Jogger Stroller to Family Who Races Together
Tatum Peterson is 4-years-old and has Aicardi Syndrome which is a neurological and seizure disorder. She is missing parts of her brain and cannot walk, sit up, talk or hold her head up. She is also blind. Even with her struggles, Tatum finds a lot of joy in her life; one of her favorite things is feeling the wind on her face during the marathons, half marathons and 5K races her fit family of seven run as a unit. The family is well known in the race community as Team Tatum Tots.
Tatum’s mom Katie applied online at AID.org for the jogger saying April was their last race for Tatum because she was too big to fit comfortably, and safely, in her current stroller. “We had to restrain her legs and her head was hitting the shade. We were devastated. Running is the one thing our entire family can do regardless of disabilities.”
Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities – Foundation (AID.org) sprang into action. Spokesperson Jennifer Rogers said, “The Peterson’s should be rewarded for promoting health and wellness and spending quality time with family. We know there are a lot of needs they have beyond a jogger stroller, but we are thrilled to have Tatum feel the wind in her face as she crosses another finish line.”
AID.org purchased the jogger stroller just in time for the family’s next race in Utah called the Hobbler Half on July 9th. We encourage media to join AID.org representatives and the Peterson family as Team Tatum Tot crosses the finish line! To schedule interviews please email jennifer@AID.org.
For those with disabilities in need of assistance, please visit www.aid.org.
About Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities – Foundation (“AID.org”)
As Civil Rights Champions, AID.org was formed in January 2016 in order to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities through charitable gifts, opportunities and the removal of discriminatory barriers. By spearheading a rapid and widespread wave of compliance through educational and affirmative enforcement actions, AID.org not only rapidly brings not-compliant public accommodation into ADA compliance but also acts as a self-funding catalyst for the charitable AID Foundation.
The AID Foundation is a growing resource for any individual with a disability looking to receive help with various issues relating to their disability or compelling needs such as: wheelchair access, medical equipment, and much more. Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities - Foundation aims to help improve the lives of 3 to 4 individuals with disabilities per day.
AID.org Foundation grants AC unit to man with broken back
Heat related deaths are a reality, and unfortunately there are too many cases of people with disabilities that are living in environments that are not safe. Bobby Eddington is a 61-year-old disabled man with a broken back that had no air conditioning in his studio apartment but thanks to AID.org foundation within a few hours he was able to enjoy his new AC Unit. He will be able to survive this Arizona heat.
See Bobby's story below:
Michelle receives gift of independence after devastating diagnosis
Michelle Osterberg was able to regain her independence thanks to the Balance Wear Vest she received from AID.org Foundation. 5 years ago Michelle found out that she had Ataxia, a non-specific clinical disease that affects parts of the nervous system that coordinates movement and balance. With her new vest she is now able to walk by herself and gain control of her life.
See a video of Michelle’s before and after the BalanceWear vest below:
Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities Outlines New Business Model in Hopes to Make Permanent Changes in ADA Compliance
AID Foundation is working towards a goal of making Arizona ADA compliant and work their way across the country in an effort to put an end to discrimination against those with disabilities entering local public accommodations. Business owners will try to attack and fight for forcing them to stop breaking the law. Law breakers can be very vindictive, and try to point fingers, make excuses and cast the blame elsewhere; we know from experience. Activists, Advocates and Committed Individuals associated with this cause have repeatedly been intimidated, pressured, threatened and bashed by the press (funded by violating businesses) in order to cause activist and advocates to discontinue fighting this civil rights battle.
83-Year-Old Finds Freedom After Stroke Leaves Her Paralyzed
AID Foundation donates electric scooter to give her independence
Sandra Kniffin an 83-year-old spunky woman who suffered a stroke and was paralyzed from her left side was given back her freedom thanks to AID.org Foundation. Sandra was granted an electric scooter which was life changing for her. She now has freedom and he independence she needs thanks to the mobility scooter given to her.
See Sandra’s story here:
Danielle embraces her disability with grace and reaches out for a mobility chair
Danielle Hetland’s life changed when she went on a mission trip to Southeast Asia contracting the West Nile Virus. Danielle struggled to care for herself and her children, and at times couldn't move, walk or eat or form words or thoughts. After contacting AID.org Foundation she was able to gain independence, mobility and confidence. AID.org Foundation gifted her an EZ Lite Cruiser. She was able to have a girl’s weekend in Seattle with her best friend.
Man Receives Gift of a Lifetime After Serendipitous Run-in with AID.org
People who have to live in wheelchairs usually face many challenges. Jack Rynes, an army veteran faced this very challenge. An employee from AID.org Foundation saw him and heard his story. AID.org Foundation offered Jack an EZ Lite Cruiser mobility wheelchair which gave him the freedom to be mobile again without the help of a caregiver.
After news of a painful condition, Diana Russell receives a mobility chair that reinvigorates her family dynamic
Do you feel like you are a prisoner in your own home? Well that is how Diana Russell an AID.org Foundation recipient felt. Diana suffers from a form of rheumatoid arthritis. She had a wheelchair that was too big and was not able to fit in a car, so many times if they had a family reunion Diana was left behind because they didn’t have the space or she would have to take the bus. AID.org Foundation granted her a mobility chair that will forever change her life. This EZ Lite Cruiser is compactable and can easily fold into her family’s car. Giving her the ability to the gain back independence and also letting her participate in family reunions.
Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities Taking Massive Action
Business owners can quickly check for the 3 most common violations of ADA compliance with a quick video by AID Foundation on how to be ADA compliant titled “ADA Compliance; Parking Lot 3 Point Inspection.” View the video on how to be ADA compliant for business by clicking here.
AID.org hopes to educate the public through city proclamations
It was declared Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities day in Maricopa County and several surrounding cities in the Valley. The proclamations were an attempt to bring awareness about the Americans with Disabilities Act as well as the largest underserved minority in the country and the issues they face daily.
AID.org helps a business who champions for those with disabilities
Valerie DiSciascio is a business owner who has been a champion for civil rights for many in her community. Unbeknownst to Valerie, her own parking lot was in noncompliance. As soon as she found this out, with the help of AID Foundation, Valerie began to take the necessary steps to be ADA compliant.
8 year old daughter with cerebral palsy and epilepsy receives safety bed
Parents of 8-year-old daughter with cerebral palsy and epilepsy sought help from AID.org Foundation. They were in need of a hospital bed to keep Alysa safe. After reaching out they were granted the bed. The Puckett family inspires all of us. AID.org Foundation found out that they have adopted a daughter from Bulgaria, and are in the process of adopting 2 boys from China, both with medical needs; one with hydrocephalus and the other with spina bifida.
Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities Fight for Civil Rights through Compliance and Generosity
Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities or AID.org, is an organization that was formed to help provide support and assistance for millions of individuals with disabilities. AID.org also works to end discrimination against people with disabilities, ultimately hoping to achieve a national level of equal rights and opportunities for individuals with physical and/or mental disabilities. AID.org Foundation has helped individuals with medical equipment like hospital beds, leg braces, electronic walking assistors, wheelchairs and electronic scooters.
AID.org Foundation Supports Victim of Surgical Complications
Joan Mundell an AID.org Foundation recipient sent a request to aid.org seeking assistance for some medical supplies. After a few phone calls and emails AID.org Foundation was able to help Joan get her independence back. Joan now feels comfortable to start living once again.
Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities Ramps Up Providing Resources That Drastically Improve the Lives of Those in Need
AID Foundation Gifts a 6-Year-Old Stroke Survivor a WalkAide
Brooklyn Newman a 6-year-old stroke survivor didn’t have much muscle strength in her legs making it hard for her to walk. The brace that she wears gives her sores and blisters, and it is painful for Brooklyn to wear the brace for more than one day a week. Juliann applied at aid.org and within a few weeks received the Walkaide that will change Brooklyn’s life. This Walkaide gives Brooklyn the freedom to walk normally and feel like she is like everyone else.
AID Foundation Provides Woman with Ataxia a Life Changing Portable Wheelchair
Michelle DeCiantis suffers from Ataxia which led her to reached out to AID.org Foundation in hopes of receiving assistance in purchasing an Air Hawk Portable Wheelchair which she needs in order to receive her independence back. After a few phone calls and emails Michelle received this gift and now has gained the freedom to live a better life and have mobility.
AID.org gives a 4-year-old with Spina Bifida the gift of mobility
Stacey Gagnon reached out to AID.org Foundation in hopes to receiving help getting a wheelchair for her son Israel that suffers from Spina Bifida. Israel was adopted from Eastern Europe. Israel had never been outside his room until he arrived in the United States. With the help of AID.org Foundation Israel received a gift that would change his entire life. Israel was gifted with a one of a kind custom wheelchair. He now has the freedom and independence that he needs.
Advocates for American Disabled Individuals Changes Its Name to Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities
AADI Acquires New Name and Special Domain
By changing their name to Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities they believe this name best fits the organization and suits their overall global goals perfectly of providing assistance to those with physical and mental disabilities. Individuals with disabilities need to be made aware of the services and benefits that are now available to them, and the work that is being done to obtain the equal opportunities they so justly deserve. All they have to do is reach out.
Advocates for American Disabled Individuals Provides Assistance and Opens Doors for the Arizona-Based Community of Individuals with Disabilities
AADI Calls For Arizona's Individuals with Disabilities to Reach Out If They Need Compliance Assistance or Day-to-Day Quality of Life Improvement Help
It is important for people with disabilities to seek support in standing up against businesses that create barriers preventing or violating their civil rights. The Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities are actively searching for individuals with disabilities who are experiencing discrimination or general hardships, and is opening its doors to immediately work with those who reach out. The end goal is to strongly increase awareness of the plight of individuals with disabilities when it comes to all businesses throughout Arizona.