Arizona self advocacy groups

Youth Action Council of Arizona

President Calvin Cook


Meets in Phoenix Arizona and available online statewide

The Youth Action Council of Arizona (YAC-AZ) mission is to encourage the empowerment of youth with and without disabilities in an all inclusive environment through education and community involvement in all aspects of change and advocacy.

People First of Arizona

Advisor Lynn Black


Meets in Phoenix Arizona

People First of Arizona is celebrating 25 years of being a Self Advocacy Community.

We are a self advocacy and civil rights group run by and for people with disabilities, that offers experience through self-advocacy.  We are a community based group and not connected with any provider agency. 

Located in Maricopa County but participation is statewide.  Virtual meetings 2x a month- 2nd Thursday and 4th Saturday. 

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Arizona Youth Leadership Initiatives Alumni Association

Advisor Mellie Santora


Meets in Phoenix Arizona

Arizona Youth Leadership Initiatives Alumni Association (AZYLIAA) is a membership association within Diverse Ability Incorporated, for graduates of Arizona Youth Leadership Initiatives (AZYLI), which is youth-driven and youth-led. Under the leadership of an elected Executive Committee, AZYLIAA facilitates ongoing connection, and engagement opportunities for AZYLI Alumni in a variety of peer-based, person-centered, training, navigation, and supports, across Arizona, and beyond.  

NAU AAC Users’ Self Advocacy Group

Advisor Megan Momeyer

 (928) 523-5358

Meets in Flagstaff Arizona

The NAU AAC users’ self advocacy group is for AAC users in Northern Arizona. AAC is Augmentative Alternative Communication. AAC is any system or tool that helps or replaces natural speech. In this self advocacy group, school-age and adult AAC users will learn and practice self-advocacy skills in small groups with peer mentors and graduate students.  The twice-monthly trainings will include expressing preferences, using their own voice, and advocating for their needs in multiple environments. 


Advisor Michelle Jacquez


Meets in Nogales Arizona

The Opportunity Tree

Advisor Raylah Pillar

(602) 956-0400

Meets in West Phoenix Arizona