The 4th Annual African American Symposium on Disabilities in February 2015 – Currently accepting proposals for poster presentations!

Arizona News
Winter 2014

The Sonoran UCEDD along with the DD Network, ABIL and other community partners is proud to present the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan sponsored 4th Annual African American Symposium on Disabilities on Friday, February 27, 2015 at the

Desert Willow Conference Center in Phoenix, AZ.  Self-advocates, family members, professionals and the greater community are invited to participate in this event to learn from one another and share resources.  Continuing education units (CEUs) will be available for professionals.  Workshops will include topics such as self-advocacy, special education law, employment law, autism, positive behavior supports, mental health, assistive technology, diabetes, cardiovascular care, affordable health care act, diversity, cultural competency, transition, and more.Picture of Family

We are excited to announce that the Commissioner of the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Aaron Bishop, will open the Symposium; and Tawara Goode, Director of the National Center for Cultural Competence at Georgetown University, will be the lunch keynote speaker.

And for the first time, the Symposium is accepting proposals for the Black Legacy Endowment Poster Session!

Submit proposals by Friday, December 19, 2014. 

Accepted presenters will be notified by December 25, 2014.  For proposal submission materials and instructions, please go to

For more information, please contact us at

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Registration Opening Soon!

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East Valley NAACP 2014 Humanitarian Award Recipients

Renaldo Fowler, a Senior Staff Advocate with the Arizona Center for Disability Law, along with David Carey, an Advocacy Specialist with Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL), were recognized for their collaboration Renaldo and David Careyin developing the African American Symposium on Disabilities and for their outstanding work in advocating for the empowerment of African Americans with disabilities.  Together they were awarded the East Valley National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) 2014 Humanitarian Award.

They were recognized and awarded during the 40th Freedom Fund Gala Awards Banquet on October 4, 2014 at the Historic Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort Pavilion in Chandler Arizona.  This year’s event was an extra special occasion, as the East Valley NAACP chapter celebrated their 50th anniversary.  For more information about the East Valley NAACP Chapter, go to their website at