3rd Border Conference on Disability in Rio Rico Brings Together People with Disabilities, their Families and Professionals along the AZ/Mexico Border

Sonoran UCEDD
DDNN Summer 2013

Border Conference on DisabilityThe Sonoran UCEDD, in partnership with the Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC), the AZ Developmental Disabilities Network, Santa Cruz Parents Love Connection, and the Board of Directors of the Rio Rico Community Center, hosted the third Border Conference on Disability in Rio Rico, AZ at the Esplendor Resort on Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 8am – 3:30pm.  The conference was funded largely in part through a grant from the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.

The FREE daylong conference brought together individuals with developmental disabilities, their families and professionals to develop new skills and strategies to address both community level and individual level needs of people with DD living in our border community.  

Dr. Fernando Armendariz gave the keynote presentation, New Developments in Behavior Management; How do they apply to home and school?  The program also included presentations on:

  • Affordable Care Act and People with Disabilities (luncheon speaker, Jonathan Weisbuch, MD, MPH)
  • Assistive Technology and Disability: How devices, Adaptations and More can Assist People to live in the Community (NAU IHD AzTAP)
  • Self-Advocacy: Rights and Responsibilities. Your Rights to Employment (ACDL)
  • Transition: What comes after high school?  Work, education/training, meaningful community life, and healthy living (Sonoran UCEDD)

Participants shared the following responses about their experience at the conference:

  • “To learn something new is always helpful.  [The conference] gave me strength and encouragement! Thank you!”
  • “Very helpful, as a therapist, to guide the families that I work for”
  •  “Helpful to have a big perspective about the current efforts done for disabled population and the resources available. Thank you for keep doing this conference!”

Video recording and slides for all presentations are available online, along with presenter biographies, at http://sonoranucedd.fcm.arizona.edu/border-initiative-sharing-knowledge/2013-border-conference-disability.