Ten years ago, Porter Merrill was born. Although a full-term baby, within five days of birth, his mother, Betty, knew something was wrong. With no family nearby to lend support, the Division of Developmental Disabilities was able to help a family with limited options.
AZ ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) is an opportunity for individuals with disabilities to save and invest in their futures without limiting their federal needs-based benefits. Hear from the Hill family as they discuss the program and its possibilities for families like theirs.
With the school year in full swing, you may wonder about your child’s academic development. If your child is diagnosed with a learning disability, the DES Vocational Rehabilitation program can help by providing specialized supports depending on your child’s needs.
The Division of Developmental Disabilities and the Vocational Rehabilitation Program team up to provide employment opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities. Meet Nathan, who loves his job at the Texas Roadhouse in Sierra Vista, Arizona... And the folks at Texas Roadhouse who love him right back.
Preschool and kindergarten are fun places where kids learn, laugh, make friends and prepare for life-long learning. But for some kids, a new and unfamiliar environment can be intimidating. For others, stepping onto a school bus may be. Here’s how one family approached this dilemma to help their two sons cope.
With back-to-school season in full swing, more Arizonans than ever are choosing registered apprenticeship programs over the more traditional 4-year college degree path. The DES Registered Apprenticeship Program has hundreds of available apprenticeship programs available throughout the state in almost every occupation for job seekers who want to “earn as they learn” a vocation they’ll utilize for a life-long career.
Building a new life in a new country is a challenge... especially when you're doing it all by yourself. Ramez Alghazzouli recounts how his positive experience with the Department of Economic Security and the assistance he received inspired him towards a career in public service.
Every parent-to-be dreams of their child’s future. But for many parents, those dreams are dashed when their child is born with a developmental delay or disability. Services and supports provided by the Department of Economic Security (DES) Division of Developmental Disabilities, helps to respark parents’ dreams of their child’s future.