Join IHD for the 2018 Evidence for Success Conference in July

600+ are expected to attend the combined, multi-strand disability conference

Institute for Human Development (IHD), Northern Arizona University
DDNN Summer 2018


IHD 2018 conference logoFor the second year in a row, NAU’s Institute for Human Development (IHD) is sponsoring an educational mega event, combining its project area conferences into one conference with multiple strands: 1. assistive technology, 2. American Indian vocational rehabilitation, and 3. evidence-based practice in disability disciplines.  The conference will be taking place July 8-10, 2018 at Ft. McDowell Nation’s We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center in Scottsdale/Fountain Hills, Arizona.


“Our individual programs have been hosting their own annual conferences for many years. Last year, as a celebration of IHD’s 50th anniversary, we decided to combine three content-area conferences into one mega event. The results were so successful that we are continuing with this structure again this year,” said Kelly Roberts, IHD’s Executive Director. “Our hope is that our conference, which now delivers more diverse educational content and networking opportunities, will become Arizona’s premier disability-focused conference and help further our mission of changing attitudes and promoting access and inclusion for people with disabilities.”


The 2018 Evidence for Success Conference is designed to give anyone who works with, or supports, people with disabilities the knowledge and skills necessary to facilitate access, change attitudes and promote inclusion so that people with disabilities will fully participate in all life experiences. It will feature over 65 educational sessions presented by speakers recognized for their content area expertise both nationally and locally. The conference will also include an expansive exhibit hall showcasing state of the art assistive technology products as well as non-profit and state agency programs. Attendees typically come from a wide variety of disciplines including educators, vocational counselors, therapists, students and consumers.


To encourage participation, registration fees for the conference are set below other Arizona and national conferences. Registration fees are $300 for the 2-day main conference, $150 for pre-conference workshops and $400 for both. Breakfast and lunch are included every day, as well as a networking reception and free raffle tickets to some 30-40 door prizes. Additionally, the community at large is invited to visit the exhibit hall, at no charge, on Monday July 9, between 1:00 and 6:00 pm.


Conference attendees will be able to earn up to 18 continuing education contact hours. In addition to the conference, a regional training for American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Service programs sponsored by the American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation and Training Center will occur as part of the pre-conference activities with CRCs offered for this one-day session. Finally, a preconference workshop on the subject of diagnosing autism will be offered primarily for physicians. This latter workshop is being hosted by the University of Arizona Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program and will provide CME credits if desired.


For more information about the conference and to register, visit or contact Jill Pleasant at 602.728.9532 or