Empowering People with Disabilities for Over 30 Years
1981 – Present
Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL) advocates personal responsibility – by, and for, people with disabilities – as a means to independence. To help consumers achieve self-sufficiency, ABIL offers comprehensive programs including:
• Independent Living Skills Instruction
• Information and Referral• Peer Support
• Home Modification
• Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Training and Counsel
• Outreach to Rehabilitation Centers and Early Intervention for Newly Disabled Individuals
• Reintegration from Nursing Homes
• Employment Services• Social Security Work Incentives
• Empowering Youth in Transition
• Personal Assistance Services and Social Recreational Programs
ABIL is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation. Through its comprehensive programs, ABIL touches the lives of individuals with disabilities and addresses the disability concerns of their family members, co-workers and employers.
ABIL began in 1977 as the Arizona Congress for Action (ACA), a group of people with diverse physical disabilities who launched a grassroots effort to educate the community about disability-related issues in Central Arizona. In 1978, Congress enacted Independent Living Center legislation as part of the amended Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In 1981, ABIL received funding and began services.
With more than 80 staff members, more than 1,600 personal assistants and dozens of volunteers, ABIL has offices in Phoenix, Mesa and the West Valley and provides services throughout Maricopa County.
ABIL programs are made possible through grants, fee-for-service contracts, and individual and corporate contributions. ABIL’s funding sources include: the city of Glendale Community Development Block Grants (CDBG); the city of Phoenix CDBG; the city of Mesa CDBG; the city of Peoria CDBG; the Arizona Department of Economic Security/Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA); the Arizona Division of Development Disabilities (DDD); the U.S. Department of Education/RSA; the U.S. Social Security Administration; the Area Agency on Aging (AAA); the Pacific Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center; the Valley of the Sun United Way; the Arizona Commission on the Arts; the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture; and the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) / Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS) via its program contractors: Mercy Care; Evercare; Bridgeway and SCAN.
For more information, contact ABIL at 602-256-2245, or call toll-free outside the Phoenix metropolitan area 800-280-2245.
Members of the media who have any questions or would like to interview someone at ABIL, can contact:
Loren_Worthington, Communications & Marketing Manager
Arizona Bridge to Independent Living
5025 E. Washington St, Ste 200
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Email Loren by clicking on his name above.