Health & Wellness

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.

Health Promotion for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

In its goal to promote wellness and healthy lifestyles for people with developmental disabilities and their families, the Sonoran UCEDD develops and disseminates culturally and linguistically appropriate health education materials to people with DD and their families and caregivers.  In addition to individual community resources, the UCEDD has developed an online information center to serve as a portal to useful web-based materials on health and wellness.

Health Sciences Training

The Sonoran UCEDD is working to ensure health professionals are provided the information they need to prepare them to work with people who have disabilities. We have developed and are teaching a required curriculum to second year medical students on human development (see UA Course Work). We have established an annual interprofessional activity on disabilities for students from the entire health science campus and law school.

Medical Home for Youth and Adults with DD

Medical Home model health clinic where youth and adults with developmental disabilities receive health services that are patient-centered, comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate.

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 Together

Project Together supports opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to articulate grief at the death of a parent caregiver or a close family member through art making at the University of Arizona ArtWorks Studio. This project aims to enhance, implement and evaluate a 10-week expressive arts curriculum that facilitates a group process working through bereavement. Our approach utilizes expressive arts to remove communicative barriers between persons with different types and levels of disabilities. Through peer-based, creative interactions, we develop strong and supportive community membership.