February 28, 2020

Desert Willow Conference Center
4340 E Cotton Center Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85040

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9th Annual African American Conference on Disabilities

February 28, 2020

Desert Willow Conference Center
4340 E Cotton Center Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85040

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Cost: Includes Lunch
General Admission $85 Early Bird
Ticket after January 7th $100

Professional: (Does not include CEUs) $100 Early Bird
Ticket after January 7th $115

Professional: (Includes 6.5 CEUs) $115 Early Bird 
Ticket after January 7th $130

Legal Aids, Government Attorneys and Nonprofit Attorneys $200 Early Bird
Ticket after January 7th $225 (Includes CLEs)

Private Practice Attorneys (Includes CLEs) $275 Early Bird
Ticket after January 7th $300

Registration Deadline is
Monday, February 11, 2019

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Opening Session Speaker
Director Maria Cristina Fuentes
Director Maria Cristina
Maria Cristina Fuentes was appointed as Director of the Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family (GOYFF) by Governor Doug Ducey in November 2017.

GOYFF serves vulnerable communities to help prevent and address five key areas: child safety, human trafficking, domestic and sexual violence, juvenile justice and substance abuse. Additionally, the office works to strengthen service and volunteerism through the AmeriCorps program and faith-based community engagement.

Previous to Ms. Fuentes' appointment to GOYFF, she worked at Casey Family Programs, where she furthered the foundation’s mission to safely reduce the number of children in foster care and improve well-being outcomes of children and families.
Ms. Fuentes also served six years in the Administration of President George W. Bush in the U.S. Departments of Labor and Justice. Ms. Fuentes served in the White House

Keynote Speaker
Thomas Hicks, Chairman
Thomas Hicks

U.S. Election Assistance Commission Thomas Hicks was nominated by President Barack H. Obama and confirmed by unanimous consent of the United States Senate on December 16, 2014 to serve on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). 

Prior to his appointment with EAC, Commissioner Hicks served as a Senior Elections Counsel and Minority Elections Counsel on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on House Administration, a position he held from 2003 to 2014. In this role Mr. Hicks was responsible for issues relating to campaign finance, election reform, contested elections and oversight of both the Election Assistance Commission and Federal Election Commission. His primary responsibility was advising and providing guidance to the committee members and caucus on election issues. Mr. Hicks has talked with Americans in every state about their voting experiences. In addition, he has worked with state and local election officials across America to address critical election concerns.


Guest Speaker
Reginald Bolding, LD27

In 2018, Reginald Bolding was re-elected to serve a third-term in the Arizona House of Representatives. Bolding was also elected by his colleagues to serve in Democratic Leadership as the House Minority Whip. He serves as the Ranking Member of the House Education Committee and sits on the Ways and Means Committee. Bolding has established himself as one of the most respected legislators in the chamber working on legislation focused on education, economic development, criminal justice, and veterans and civil rights. Bolding has been a leading advocate fighting for issues directly impacting our most vulnerable Arizona communities. While serving in the legislature, Representative Bolding has been recognized as the Public Elected Official of the Year by several organizations including the AFL-CIO (2018), the National Association of Social Workers (2018), the Arizona Community Action Association (2017), along with several other awards including being named to the Phoenix Business Journal's 40 under 40 list (2012). Arizona State Representative Reginald Bolding is an educator, community leader and social entrepreneur.


Closing Session Speaker
Shawn Aleong
Shawng Aleon

Shawn is a really determined, influential, humble, Christian, young man who is trying to make this society a better place for all. In addition, he strongly believes in equal rights for all especially for individuals with disabilities and the African American community and other groups. He prides himself on advocating for civil rights, disability rights, and human rights for all.

Shawn Aleong graduated from Davidson Elwyn High School in 2009, where he was the Valedictorian of his class. Shawn enrolled in the Temple University Academy for Adult Learning in 2012. During his time in the Temple University AAL program, Shawn realized that he had a passion for law and the legal system.

This revelation helped Shawn further pursue his education in the legal studies field. Before he finished the AAL program, Shawn received the opportunity to speak in front of Bob Casey, a Senator for Pennsylvania in regarding the Able Act.  


  1. The ABC’s African Americans, Blindness and Culture
  1. Future Planning: Creating a Roadmap of Your Future Your Wishes
  1.  Sharing is Healing
  1. Serving a Diverse Arizona
  1. The Effects of Trauma throughout the Life of African American Children
  1. A Special Education Law Primer for Attorneys – CLE

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For registration assistance contact 

David Carey, Conference Co-Chair, Ability360 
(602) 443-0723

Renaldo Fowler, Conference Co-Chair, ACDL 
(602) 274-6287