4th Annual African American Symposium on Disabilities

DDNN Fall 2015

The 4th Annual African American Symposium on Disabilities was held on February 27, 2015 at the Desert Willow Conference Center in Phoenix.  The Symposium was attended by more than 200 participants, including individuals from California, Maryland and Washington, DC. Symposium participants had an opportunity to attend more than twenty workshops, covering topics such as self-advocacy, special education law, employment law, autism, positive behavior supports, mental health, assistive technology, diabetes, cardiovascular care, and affordable health care act.

2015 African American Conference on Disabilities - opening keynote session in grand ballroom
Opening keynote with Commissioner Bishop

We were fortunate to have an opening keynote from Aaron Bishop, Commissioner of the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD – which funds the DD networks in every state and US territories), and a lunch keynote from Tawara Goode, Director of the National Center for Cultural Competence at Georgetown University. Our distinguished keynote speakers also presented breakout sessions related to disability and diversity national trends.

2015 Symposium Agenda/Presenter Information

Video footage from this year’s Symposium by Juniques MultiCultural Connections

Save the Date!

5th Annual African American Conference
on Disabilities

February 12, 2016

Desert Willow Conference Center
4340 E. Cotton Center Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85040


Tentative workshops may include topics such as special education law, autism, positive behavior supports, employment law, mental health, assistive technology, Alzheimer’s, restraint and seclusion, voting rights, legal ethics, abuse and neglect  and more…


Continuing Legal Education (CLEs) &
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available


For more information on the Conference, sponsorship & vendor opportunities, please contact:


Renaldo Fowler, Arizona Center for Disability Law | (602) 274-6287 or
David Carey, Ability360 | (602) 443-0723


For media and outreach information, contact
Jacy Farkas, Sonoran UCEDD | (520) 626-2207