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Sponsors: 9th Annual African American Conference on Disabilities

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9th Annual African American Conference on Disabilities

Finding Solutions, Building a Stronger Community


February 28, 2020

Desert Willow Conference Center

Phoenix, Arizona

Sponsored By

ADHS, Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs

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Ability360, Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL), in collaboration with the Arizona Center for African American Resources (AZCAAR) are honored to host the nationally recognized 9th Annual African American Conference on Disabilities (AACD). The AACD is the only comprehensive all day conference in the United States that addresses the intersection between race and disabilities.

African Americans with disabilities face challenges of race and disability discrimination that the broader community overlooks and views with indifference. The goals of the conference are to eliminate barriers for persons with disabilities, and to provide the African American community, organizations and individuals who service the community, with cultural and linguistic competent information and resources. Participants will attend three general sessions and have an opportunity to select among twenty-four disability related workshops.

This event focuses on African Americans; however, the information provided will benefits everyone and is open to individuals and families, as well as, organizations who are interested in learning and eliminating barriers.

*CLEs credit available for Attorneys

+CEUs are available

Opening Session 8:00 am - 8:50 am

JJ. Rico, Chief Executive Officer, Arizona Center for Disability Law

Renaldo Fowler, Senior Staff Advocate, Arizona Center for Disability Law

Shawnique Cotton, Ms. Wheelchair Arizona

Connie Robinson, President, Arizona Center for African American Resources

Opening Session Speaker

Opening Session:

James Herbert Williams, PhD., MSW., MPA

James Herbert Williams, PhD., is the Arizona Centennial Professor of Social Welfare Services and Director of the School of Social Work at Arizona State University. He holds his MSW from Smith College, MPA from the University of Colorado and PhD. in Social Welfare from the University of Washington. Dr. Williams is the Interim Director of the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center at Arizona State University, Distinguished Professor in the School of Sociology, China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, China and Visiting Professor at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw, Poland.

Dr. Williams’ research and publications focus on human security and economic sustainability, health promotion and disease prevention, behavioral health disparities and health equity, global practice and sustainable development, one health, adolescent violence and substance use, intimate partner violence, academic achievement, social services for African American children in urban schools, and community strategies for positive youth development. His scholarship and research are available in several prominent journals, books, and book chapters.

Dr. Williams has 30 plus years of experience as a scholar/educator and social work practitioner. He is a member of the Steering Committee for the Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative. He is a Fellow in the American Academy for Social Work & Social Welfare, Society for Social Work and Research and chair the National Advisory Committee for the Fahs Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation.



Session 1: 9:00 am - 10:15 am

Presentation:

CLE - Important Ethics Topics for Attorneys Representing Individuals with Disabilities

Presenters:

Lynda Shely, Esq.

The Shely Firm, PC

Sey In, Esq.

Arizona Center for Disability Law

Presentation:

Part One: The Evelyn Marie O’Neal Carson child welfare workshop

The Village Well Summit

Presenters:

Carlian W. Dawson, ED. D.

David A. Hatch, Ph.D.

Presentation:

AZ Employment First: A review of policy changes, solutions, and the resources to assist youth and adults who have disabilities achieve successful employment outcomes

Presenter:

Susan Voirol, University of Arizona, Program Manager for the Sonoran University Center for Excellence in Disabilities

Presentation:

Work is possible

Presenter:

Ivan Rivera,

Ability360, Program Manager for Benefits 2 Work

Presentation:

Dismantling the Walls: Finding Value In Our Differences

Presenter:

Ghazi Muhammad

Presentation:

Men's Cancer and Education in Underserved Communities

Presenter:

Bill Ward

President and founder of Community Health Advocate Men's Cancer & Health Issues

Presentation:

“Shutting Off the Pipeline: Keeping Children with Disabilities in School and Out of Jail”

Presenter:

Jerri Katzerman, Esq.

Education Director

Pegasus Legal Services of Children



Session 2: 10:30 am - 11:45 am

Presentation:

CLE - Identifying and Negotiating Reasonable Accommodations for People with Intellectual Disabilities and Psychiatric Disabilities in the Workplace

Presenters:

Asim Dietrich, Esq.

Staff Attorney

Arizona Center for Disability Law

Trisha Kirtley Wells, Esq.

Kirtley Wells Law Office

Presentation:

Part Two: The Evelyn Marie O’Neal Carson child welfare workshop


The Village Well Summit - Continues

Presentation:

Assistive Technology Resources You Need to Know

Presentation:

Heidi L. Lervik, MA, CRC, ATP

Assistive Technology Specialist

Mike Buckley

The Arizona Technology Access program

Presentation:

Your Rights as an Applicant or Client of Vocational

Presenters:

Linda Fischer, Senior Advocate

Arizona Center for Disability Law

John C. Gutierrez, Senior Advocate

Arizona Center for Disability Law

Presentation:

Mind over Matter: Addressing Mental Health and Trauma

Presenter:

Traci A. Williams, Ph.D., NCSP

Arizona Certified School Psychologist

Nationally Certified School Psychologist

Arizona Licensed Psychologist

Presentation:

Phoenix Police Department: Engagement and Outreach

Presenter:

Nikki Hicks, Moderator

Phoenix Police Department, Community Affairs - Management Assistant II


Lunch Program 11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Celebrating the life and work of Ms. Jean Fairfax,Civil Rights Pioneer

Representative Reginald Bolding, LD27

Jerri Katzerman

Robbin Coulon

Michael Kelley

Jean Fairfax, Civil Rights Pioneer

AACD is celebrating the life and work of Jean Fairfax, an unsung heroine of the Civil Rights movement. Ms. Fairfax committed her life to civil rights and social justice. She was a force for over 40 years, organizing black families in school desegregation cases in rural communities and led the effort to reform the National School Lunch program.

Her work with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the American Friends Service Committee allowed her to be committed to a lifetime work of fundamental fairness and simple justice. Ms. Fairfax’s dedication to civil rights led her to provide funding to the first African American Conference on Disabilities in early 2000. Due to her contribution, this event has evolved into the nationally recognized conference that the African American Conference on Disabilities Conference is today.

Ms. Fairfax grew up in Cleveland, Ohio; her parents were the first in their families to be born legally free. She attended the University of Michigan, and then attended Union Theological Seminary. After college, she worked as the Dean of Women at Kentucky State College and then held the same post at Tuskegee University. It was during this time that Ms. Fairfax found her passion for protecting civil rights and education rights.

She later moved to Phoenix to join her sister, Betty Fairfax, who was one of the first black teachers in the Phoenix Union High School District. There, they established the Betty H. & Jean E. Fairfax Fund for Educational Equity and the Black Legacy Endowed Fund through the Arizona Community Foundation.

It is through her work that we continue our work. Thank you, Jean.

“Someone had to break the pattern, and very often the civil rights revolution was initiated by the most vulnerable Black persons. Many of them were women and many of them were children - tough, resilient, hopeful, beautiful children. The greatest experience of my life was standing with them as they took the risks.” - Jean Fairfax



Session 3: 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Presentation:

CLE - Navigating the Serious Mental Illness(SMI) Eligibility Process and Appealing Adverse Decisions

Presenters:

Rose Daly-Rooney, Esq.

Legal Director

Arizona Center for Disability Law

Maya Abela, Esq.

Supervisory Attorney

Arizona Center for Disability Law

Presentation:

Part three: The Evelyn Marie O’Neal Carson child welfare workshop

The Village Well Summit - Continues

Presentation:

Determined to Lead

Presenter:

Calvin Cook, Moderator

President of the self-advocacy group

Presentation:

AZ ABLE Accounts: Groundbreaking Accounts that Protect Benefits and Build Financial Security for Individuals with Disabilities

Presenter:

Brittaney M. Chipley, MPA

Executive Director, AZ ABLE

Presentation:

Making Life Better For All People Affected by Tourette Syndrome & Tic Disorders

Presenters:

Emily Ricketts Ph.D.

UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

Natalie Joseph - Pauline, MPH

Education Project Manager



Session 4: 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Presentation

CLE - Everything You Need to Know about the Fair Housing Act’s Reasonable Accommodation and Reasonable Modification Requirements

Presenters:

Corey Lovato, Esq.

Staff Attorney

Arizona Center for Disability Law

Julia Corty, Esq.

In-take Supervisor Attorney

Arizona Center for Disability Law

Stanley Silas, Esq.

Senior Staff Attorney

Presentation:

Part four: The Evelyn Marie O’Neal Carson child welfare workshop

The Village Well Summit - Continue

Presentation

CLE - Representing a Client (or Representing Yourself) in an Appeal of an Adverse Benefits Determination from the Division of Developmental Disabilities/AHCCCS

Presenter: Chris Carlsen, Esq,

Staff Attorney

Arizona Center for Disability Law

Presentation

Disputes with Schools - Tips for Filing Successful Complaints

Presenter:

Amanda Glass, Esq.

Staff Attorney

Arizona Center for Disability Law/Equal Justice Works Fellow Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig LLP

Presentation

Immunizations and Vaccine - Preventable Diseases

Presenters:

Ina Marie Peoples, PhD.

Deputy County Manager for Coconino County, Arizona

Tenneh Turner-Warren

Program Manager

Closing Session 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Closing Session Speakers

Renaldo Fowler, Senior Staff Advocate, Arizona Center for Disability Law

Adiba Nelson

Author, Screenwriter, Performer, Activist, & "Emory's Mom" (that last one is half joking - I always say that's my title because people are always like "are you Emory’s mom? can I speak with Emory’s mom? This needs to be signed by Emory’s mom.)

Title: The Beauty of Adult Rebellion

Synopsis: We are raised to do what we're told, not question authority, and follow the status quo. But does that rule apply when life throws you curveball after curveball? Sometimes you just have to rebel, and that's ok. Sometimes, that rebellion is even life-changing.

Author, Screenwriter, Performer, Activist, Wife, Mother, Daughter, and most recently, subject of the Emmy winning documentary, The Full Nelson.

Often referred to as “inspirational”, Adiba Nelson wrote and self-published her first children’s book in 2013, after not being able to find a children’s book that adequately and appropriately represented her daughter (African American, with special needs). Since then she has led numerous workshops for educators and education professionals/paraprofessionals, focusing on disability inclusion and empowerment, and partnered with Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona to introduce a new inclusion patch program, Girl Scouts for ALL (which has now been replicated in California, Texas and soon to be Virginia).

More than just children’s literature, Adiba has also penned several articles for Huffington Post, Ravishly, Everyday Feminism, The Washington Post and My Brown Baby, focusing on issues around race, parenting, body image and womanhood. In 2017, she gave her first TEDx talk (Skating Downhill: The Art of Claiming Your Life), and joined Arizona Public Media as a regular contributor on Arizona Spotlight.

Information for her book to promote on the website and social media:

https://www.clarabelleblue.com/shop


For registration assistance contact

David Carey, Conference Co-Chair, Ability360

davidc@ability360.org

(602) 443-0723


Renaldo Fowler, Conference Co-Chair, Senior Staff Advocate, Arizona Center for Disability Law

rfowler@azdisabilitylaw.org

(602) 274-6287

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