Help Support ARSOBO Projects for Inclusion

Sonoran UCEDD Update
Summer 2018

ARSOBO (Arizona Sonora Border) Projects for Inclusion is cross-border project that began in 2012 as a direct result of the Sonoran UCEDD’s first Border Conference on Disabilities in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico in 2008.

ARSOBO logoIt has three objectives:

  1. Train and employ individuals with disabilities to construct the same medical device they use.
  • Technicians who use a wheelchair have constructed 350 all-terrain wheelchairs.
  • Technicians who have a prosthetic leg have fabricated more than 300 prosthesis.
  • Hearing impaired individuals help evaluate others and have distributed 650 hearing aids.
  1. Charge families only what they can afford (the balance comes from donations and grants).
  2. Work toward a sustainable social business.

The operation in Nogales, Mexico continues to grow and develop. ARSOBO is getting orders from state and local agencies for the RoughRider all-terrain wheelchair; both standard chairs, as well as customized chairs for children with special needs. The time for a person being casted and fitted for a prosthesis has dropped from 2 months to 3 days!! And the Hearing Clinic is now seeing more children than adults.

Eventually, ARSOBO will move from its present location and expand its operation. ARSOBO is building a 9,600 square foot building, (twice the size of its current space). The larger facility will include a rehabilitation unit where recipients of a prosthesis will renew their walking skills and others with disabilities who need physiotherapies will receive treatment.

ARSOBO’s ultimate goal is to create more job opportunities for individuals with disabilities and expand all services. This new facility is located on land gifted by the City of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, and has public transportation available nearby. It is conveniently located next door to Desarrollo Integral de La Familia (DIF). DIF is a large governmental social service agency supports individuals with disabilities and co-sponsors the Border Conference on Disabilities.

Gabriel, ARSOBO employee and wheelchair user, cutting metal for wheelchair fabrication.Support the work of ARSOBO

ARSOBO thanks the Maquila Association of Nogales, Sonora for its generous donations initiating the campaign to raise sufficient funds to help pay for the new facility. Likewise, the donations from people on both sides of the border has helped to subsidize costs of the devices for families and individuals. ARSOBO is asking for additional support so their important work may continue.

ARSOBO is recognized by governments on both sides of the border and is a tax exempt non-profit organization (NGO). Donations to ARSOBO are tax deductible. To make a donation through ARSOBO’s current fundraiser on the YouCaring crowd funding site, please visit:

Your donations enable more adults to seek employment and more children to return to school.

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