Diversity & Rural Communities

ASORBO - Low Cost Durable Medical Equipment Project

The Sonoran UCEDD's first Border Conference on Disability in 2008 held in Nogales, Sonora led to the creation of ASORBO (Arizona – Sonora – Border), a non-governmental organization which constructs low cost durable medical equipment for people with disabilities on both sides of the Arizona-Mexico border.  ASORBO is currently constructing standard and custom-built all-terrain wheelchairs.

AZ Community of Practice on Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Developmental Disabilities

The Sonoran Center, Arizona Developmental Disabilities Network partners, the Division of Developmental Disabilities and Raising Special Kids are working together to improve cultural and linguistic competence within the Arizona developmental disabilities (DD) system. In 2017, this Arizona partnership received a five-year grant from Georgetown University’s National Center for Cultural Competence with funding from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to establish a Community of Practice on Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Developmental Disabilities (CoP-CLCDD) in our state. This grant is part of a national effort to improve systems of care for people with developmental disabilities, and Arizona is one of nine states and the District of Columbia participating in this effort.

Border Initiative - Sharing Knowledge

Supporting health and wellness in our border communities, by working in partnership with people with disabilities, their families, and disability organizations along the Arizona/Sonora Border.  Includes the Border Conference on Disabilities

Tohono O'odham Community College Partnership

The Sonoran UCEDD and Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC), a tribal college located on the Tohono O’odham Nation in Southern Arizona, is developing a disability information, education and student exchange partnership. The goal is to forge a sustainable partnership to increase knowledge and skills of both UCEDD and TOCC students and faculty on disability, culture, services and supports benefiting diverse communities.