2011 Border Conference on Disability – Success!

Border Conference on Disability

Sonoran UCEDD
DDNN Summer 2011

The second Border Conference on Disability was held at the Quality Inn in Nogales, Arizona on Friday March 4, 2011. This year the Sonoran UCEDD held joint sponsorship with the Arizona DD Network Arizona, Department of Economic Security Division of Developmental Disabilities, and the Southeastern Arizona Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC). Following opening welcomes by Arturo Garino, Mayor of Nogales, Tim Sikkema, District Program Manager of DDD/DES, Gail Emrick, Executive Director of SEAHEC, and Leslie Cohen, Director of Sonoran UCEDD, the participants split into four groups for the mini-courses that continued throughout the day. 

The mini-courses were:

  • The Learned Art of Support Giving to Individuals with DD with presentations by Deni DuRoy-Cunningham, Shireen Greeney, Sharon Adela Hendrickson-Pfei, and Marina Coppola
  • Relationships, Boundaries, and Safety Issues for People with DD with presentations by Deborah Stadle, Gregory Stewart, and James Leonard
  • Aging and Wellness of Individuals with Disabilities with presentations by Rosemary Browne, Mary Marian, Carol Howe, Lynne Tomasa, Clayton Guffey, and Jodi Lindstrom
  • Positive Behavior Management Strategies presented by Dr. Fernando Armendariz

Dr. Armendariz' Session
(photo of Dr. Armendariz’ session)

The mini-course on behavior management was broadcasted to three distant sites (Cochise College in Douglas, the Regional Center for Border Health in Somerton, and Desarrollo Integral de la Familia (DIF) in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico) via tele-conferencing under the capable direction of the BioMedical Department from the Arizona Health Sciences Center.  The total attendance at all four sites was over 300. The breakdown of participants exceeded the expectation of the conference planners. Ten who attended have a disability, 76 were family members who live with an individual with a disability, 36 were care providers, and 175 were professionals, either teachers or therapist who work with individuals with disabilities.

With a rare exception, the participants were eitherWelcome sign at Cochise College for Border Conferencehighly satisfied or satisfied with the knowledge or skills gained by attending the session they chose. Even though some of the mini-courses had fewer participants than we had hoped for, those that did attend were engaged and were highly satisfied with the knowledge gained, the speakers’ presentations, and the written materials provided in the sessions. All felt that their expectations had been met.  What attendees liked most about the conference was that “topics were extremely relevant;” they liked “how the information was presented;” they enjoyed the speakers and their “use of practical examples;” and the “variety of the participants.”  Some participants also suggested topics for future conferences.

For those of you who attended, thank you!  We hope you found the day worthwhile and gained some new and useful information.

To learn more about the conference, presentations and materials, please visit the Border Conference on Disability webspace:http://sonoranucedd.fcm.arizona.edu/2011BC.

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