Community Living

Arizona Inclusion NOW

Arizona Inclusion NOW is an effort to improve recruitment of people with disabilities into National Service through targeted efforts in schools and the community.

ArtWorks – Art Studio & Day Program

ArtWorks is a day program and art studio providing instruction in the arts and life skills to adults with disabilities, in a setting where all persons are respected and valued. ArtWorks provides adults, ages 22 to 70 with primarily intellectual disabilities and autism, an opportunity to develop their artistic potential while learning social skills, self-care and independence in a culturally-diverse setting.

ASORBO - Low Cost Durable Medical Equipment Project

The Sonoran UCEDD's first Border Conference on Disability in 2008 held in Nogales, Sonora led to the creation of ASORBO (Arizona – Sonora – Border), a non-governmental organization which constructs low cost durable medical equipment for people with disabilities on both sides of the Arizona-Mexico border.  ASORBO is currently constructing standard and custom-built all-terrain wheelchairs.

AZ Community Living NOW

Arizona Community Living NOW, designed and administered by the Sonoran UCEDD and supported by grant funds from the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC), addresses the important issue of how to give families the information they need to create affordable and accessible community living situations for themselves and their family members with developmental disabilities.

AZ Employment First

Employment First is a national initiative that promotes competitive employment in an integrated setting at minimum wage or higher, as this is the preferred outcome for people with disabilities.  Arizona would like to champion this initiative by implementing its common vision in this state.  Arizona seeks to change and enhance expectations around employment to promote progressive change in the support infrastructure, which will enable people with disabilities to pursue employment opportunities and achieve economic independence. A coalition of Advocates, Educators, Employers, Employment Service Provider Agencies, Family Members, State Agencies, University Centers for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities, Youth and Young Adults are working together to move Arizona to an Employment First state.

Person-Centered Initiative

Informed choice and being a respected part of the community are crucial quality of life issues for people with DD and their families.  The Sonoran UCEDD is committed to increasing person-centered thinking and practices throughout the state of Arizona to enhance the quality of life of individuals with DD.

Project I-AADAPT: Identify and Address Alzheimer’s and Dementia in Adults with IDD through Prevention and Training

Project I-AADAPT identifies and addresses Alzheimer’s and Dementia in adults with IDD through prevention and training. Over the next two years, Project I-AADAPT will address an emerging trend and the associated challenges of aging individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) – the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease and detecting dementia symptoms with pre-existing cognitive and neurological conditions. Trainings on Dementia Capable Care will be held throughout Arizona to improve awareness and knowledge on dementia and IDD among caregivers, service providers and medical professionals.

Project SEARCH Arizona

The Sonoran UCEDD is committed to ensuring that students and young adults with developmental disabilities have competitive employment opportunities. Working in partnership  with  southern Arizona employers, disability organizations, service providers,  and government agencies has led to the development of an initiative to bring the model employment program Project SEARCH to Arizona.