Community Programs

In order to improve the lives of the persons with disabilities and create a welcoming atmosphere for them, we provide programs that integrate the community into our mission and goals.  

ADE Assistive Technology Short Term Loan Library

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The mission of the ADE Assistive Technology Short Term Loan Library is to make a wide variety of assistive technology devices, equipment, software and professional development materials available to school personnel in order to improve access to assistive technology—at no cost. The program is designed to provide short-term (4 weeks) loans of assistive technology for learning products.

For more information contact:

Janelle Bauerle

Arizona Technology Access Program (AzTAP)

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Our mission is to connect people with disabilities with the assistive technology they need to participate as fully as possible in activities that matter to them.

AzTAP offers comprehensive set of programs and services including:

  • Information and assistance for assistive technology related questions
  • Demonstrating AT devices from our inventories of approximately 4000 AT-related products
  • Lending out devices for short term use
  • Consulting with clients to help them select and obtain technology that matches their unique needs
  • Operating an online equipment re-use program
  • Providing affordable financial loans to help people buy the technology they need

Please follow this link to AzTAP

For more information contact:

Jill Pleasant 

Arizona University Center on Disabilities (AzUCD)

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The University Centers on Disabilities were established by President Kennedy's Panel on Mental Retardation to serve as a bridge between universities and communities. The underlying premise for University Centers on Disabilities is how the active, reciprocal exchange of information and resources between communities and institutions of higher education would benefit persons with disabilities through improved systems of service and personnel preparation.

For more information about the Arizona University Center on Disabilities, contact: 

Tom Uno 

Association of University Centers on Disabilities 

Assistive Technology Center

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The Assistive Technology (AT) Center is a resource to the communities of Northern Arizona and statewide. Located on the Northern Arizona University (NAU) campus, the Center is a program of the Institute for Human Development (IHD) and supports the mission of IHD through the provision of direct services, interdisciplinary training, technical assistance, and information dissemination related to the field of AT.

For more information contact:

Deborah Mariage

Growing in Beauty Partnership Program (GIBPP)

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The Institute for Human Development’s Growing in Beauty Partnership Program (GIBPP) is funded by the Navajo Nation’s Education Department to assist the Navajo tribe in addressing their intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with Arizona’s Part C Program for infants and toddlers. The IGA requires the tribal program to identify and serve children with disabilities from birth to three years old and their families as regulated by Part C of the Individuals Disabilities Education Improvement Act. The Growing in Beauty Partnership Program provides staff such as speech language pathologists, physical therapists and occupational therapists to fill the personnel gaps in the tribal program’s interdisciplinary teams. In addition, the Institute’s GIBPP staff provide onsite technical assistance and training to support the tribal staff in the areas of service coordination, child find, child screening, eligibility determination, report writing, direct services, documentation, and program development to help build the tribal program’s capacity to meet the state and federal regulations of Part C.

For more information about the project contact:

Selita Mitchell
Phone: (928) 523-8026
TTY: (928) 523-1695
Fax: (928) 523-4909

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

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PBISAz - Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is multi-tiered system that an entire school adopts to prevent and reduce challenging student behavior. It can help schools replace longstanding patterns of ineffective and sometimes harsh discipline with effective and data-driven practices that are focused primarily on prevention.

When implemented properly, staff and students experience a more positive school climate, fewer office referrals, fewer suspensions, and fewer school-related arrests. With fewer behavior problems, teachers and administrators experience more time to do their jobs. However, it takes time and effort for school teams to obtain the needed training and coaching required to make noticeable changes in their discipline practices. The national technical assistance center on PBIS is the definitive resource in the field and can be found at

PBIS is also the most recommended approach to reducing dangerous and unnecessary instances of restraint and seclusion, often used on students with disabilities. It is for this reason that the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council ( contracted with IHD to create PBISAz, the official statewide organization dedicated to helping Arizona Districts/Charters/LEAs initiate PBIS. To learn more about the advisory committee, helpful resources, high achieving PBIS schools and so much more, follow the link below.

Please follow this link to (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports of Arizona).

For more information contact:

Dan Davidson



Special Education Learning Experiences for Competency in Teaching (SELECT)

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SELECT is a federally funded program. Northern Arizona University courses are offered through SELECT to provide training to persons seeking to expand their skills in working with children with disabilities and are recommended for general and special education teachers, administrators, related service personnel, and para-educators.

For more information, contact:

Cecilia Marek