In May 1997 almost 100 service providers for students with disabilities in Arizona's colleges and universities got together to discuss the issues facing their institutions, and how to best serve their populations. This group evolved into AzPAC, the Arizona Postsecondary Access Coalition.
AzPAC was conceived for universities, community colleges, trade schools, technical colleges, both public and private; any institution of higher education that struggles with the complexities of service delivery to students with disabilities.
The chapter was inactive for a number of years, and in Fall 2020, disability services professionals from ASU, University of Arizona, and Maricopa Community Colleges convened to re-establish the Arizona AHEAD chapter.
With the ever-changing laws, court cases, and decisions by the Office of Civil Rights that impact our schools, there is a need for a professional organization to turn to for support and direction.
For more information, contact:
Alicia Wackerly-Painter (Arizona State University)
Carsen Kipley (University of Arizona)
Elsbeth Pollack (Paradise Valley Community College)
Pamela Grady (Estrella Mountain Community College)