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Backpacks and Boosters

By Drew Milne

Image description: A wide-angle photo of the Backpacks and Boosters event at the UArizona Heath Sciences Innovation Building

Inclusive, Accessible Health Care the Focus of Free Continuing Medical Education Course

graphic of female doctor with a patient using a wheelchair in an office. bottom of graphic includes partner logos for Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, Northern Arizona Univeristy, and UA Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities

A new Continuing Medical Education (CME) course aimed at facilitating more equitable and accessible health care for patients with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) is available through the University of Arizona Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities.

The CME is a free and self-directed online course for physicians, nurse practitioners, and other licensed health care providers who require continuing education. Course completion grants three CME credit hours toward license renewal.

The course was developed by the UArizona Department of Family and Community Medicine’s Julie Armin, PhD, assistant professor and Sonoran Center affiliated faculty member, and Heather Williamson, DrPH, associate professor of occupational therapy at Northern Arizona University.

State-Wide Collaboration Seeks Information about Pregnancy and Parenting

Information gathered from survey will help inform approaches to services, resources for people with disabilities who are pregnant or parentingImage shows a QR Code for the Pregnancy and Parenting Survey. Link to Survey: bit.ly/pregparsurvey 

Moving Forward Together

Webinar Series Addresses Social Life After Traumatic Brain Injury
By Drew Milne

 Image shows a Zoom screen with five individuals arranged in five square panels. From left (top row), Austin Duncan, Calvin Cook, Michele Kauffman. From left (bottom row), the ASL Interpreter and Mateo Treetop.

For people who have survived Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), their challenges don’t end when they leave the hospital. Rather, they are taking the first steps on a long journey of learning how to live their lives with TBI.

Alone, this situation can often seem insurmountable, but the more support and care they receive from people in their lives (family, friends, and even strangers) the easier it becomes.

This was the focus of a June virtual webinar series called “Moving Forward: Navigating a Social Life with TBI”  by Austin Duncan.

Where I Belong

How a new ArtWorks’ project helps people with IDD tell their stories and find their community

From left, Marissa Robles is helping Brad Biddlecome with a drawing.
From left, University of Arizona Art Student Marissa Robles helps ArtWorks Artist Brad Biddlecome on a drawing. Robles is assisting ArtWorks Director Dr. Yumi Shirai on a new project called Exploring and Identifying Communities Where I Belong: Arts-Based, Person-Centered Book Making Workshop. Apply for AmeriCorps 

By Drew Milne

When providing care to people with disabilities, building trust, and a connection is crucial to giving people the support they need to thrive.

Together with the Sonoran Center, AmeriCorps and Tucson Parks and Recreation, ArtWorks is helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities express themselves in a way that bridges gaps with their caregivers.

The project is called Exploring and Identifying Communities Where I Belong: Arts-Based, Person-Centered Book Making Workshop. It is led by ArtWorks Director Dr. Yumi Shirai and UArizona art student Marissa Robles.