Welcome to the Sonoran UCEDD


A Statement from the Sonoran UCEDD

The recent tragic murders and continual assault on Black lives has brought to the forefront what Black communities have known and experienced for generations in this country. Racism exists and is pervasive in the policies and practices of our institutions. The justified anger, frustration and pain has led to civil action across the nation and real potential for systemic change.

Together as staff, we reflected on the impact of these events on us personally and in the context of our work. We engaged in difficult conversations about structural racism and our responsibility as a Center to address racial injustice. We see this as an opportunity for us to do better. An opportunity for us to play an active role in creating meaningful and positive change at the individual and systemic level.

We acknowledge that many people with disabilities and their families are confronted with the realities of racism whether in their everyday interactions or their ability to access and receive quality services and supports. Among the disability community, people of color are disproportionately impacted in the criminal justice, education, health and other systems of care. As disability advocates, we recognize that racial justice is also disability justice.  

As an organization, we are committed to amplifying the voices of individuals from marginalized groups. We will tackle racial disparities through our programs and initiatives to impact service delivery practices, policies, and outcomes. We will partner with communities and engage people with lived experience to inform and monitor our work. We will hold ourselves accountable through on-going assessment and community feedback. We will continue to intentionally engage in self-reflection and open, honest discussions as an organization, to address systemic inequities.

We stand with Black, Indigenous, Latinx and other communities of color in the fight for racial equity. We recognize the strengths and resilience of these communities. We are ready to listen, learn and take action together to achieve real change and justice.

In solidarity,
Sonoran UCEDD Staff

Understanding Distance Learning’s Impact on High Needs Students

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A three-part webinar series is bringing together parents and guardians of high-needs students to share stories of their child’s distance learning experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The goal of the series is to provide families with a forum to share their experiences, challenges and successes with distance learning, to ask questions about what comes next, and to hear form Arizona education advocates and leaders about resources and self-advocacy.

Arizona school districts had to transition quickly to distance learning in March after Governor Doug Ducey closed schools through the end of the school year to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The transition posed a challenge to educators as to how to deliver education to students and to families who had to facilitate learning at home.

Among the challenges parents and guardians faced were navigating the medley of different communication tools used by schools to conduct learning, limited one-on-one time for individual students, and the one-size fits all approach to teaching which posed challenges for students with high needs.

We Want to Hear from You!

Group of five young people of different races smiling together. And text that says Fostering Positive Outcomes.

Do you directly support youth currently in or who have aged out of foster care?

Are you part of an organization or agency that provides services to young people who have experienced foster care or who have disabilities?

If so, we want to hear from you!

We invite you to complete an anonymous survey through the link below.

The purpose of this survey is to better understand the experiences, needs, and availability of services and supports for Arizona youth with disabilities in transitioning to adulthood and out of foster care. We welcome anyone who supports this population to complete this survey, including (but not limited to) parents, caregivers, case workers, providers, guardians, state agency and justice system employees, and educators.

Fostering Positive Outcomes is a state-wide project assessing the needs and supports for youth with disabilities and special health care needs who experience foster care in Arizona. 

Your input will provide us with valuable information to guide future efforts that will help youth who experience foster care prepare for adulthood.

For more information and to take the survey, go to: https://is.gd/FPO_PS

Para más información y para tomar la encuesta en español, ir a: https://redcap.link/ESP_FPO_PS

Invitación a completar encuesta