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

Presented by

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AkChin Indian Community Seal
RSA, Rehabilitation Services Administration
Sonoran UCEDD
The Arc, Arizona
United healthcare community plan
Desert Diamond West Valley

Join us for the American Indian Disability Summit

Our mission is to provide interaction, networking, education and support for American Indians with disabilities and their families, and bridging opportunities and resources in rural and urban tribal communities.

15th Annual American Indian Disability Summit Gathering

Listing of Donors for the 15th Annual American Indian Disability Summit

Singing of the National Anthem by Miss Indian Arizona Niagra Rockbridge with Kimberly Yellow Robe

Honor Guard Ira Hayes Post 84 Gila River Indian Community

Blessing by Dr. John Molina Phoenix Indian Medical Center

Keynote Speaker

Rosalie Perry

(Ak-Chin O’odham, Tohono O’odham)

This year is the 16th Annual American Indian Disability Summit and its Planning Committee is thrilled and honored to announce Rosalie Perry, a long time advocate for persons with disabilities will be the keynote speaker. For almost 20 years, Rosalie has worked as a community advocate with Ability360, an organization recognized as one of the nation’s largest centers dedicated to promoting Independent Living. Rosalie, a proud member of the Ak-Chin Indian Community has herself had a physical disability since 1997.

Since earning her Bachelor of Social Work degree at Arizona State University, West Campus, in 2002, Rosalie has worked with Ability360’s Independent Living Skills program and is presently assigned to coordinate service to the Pinal County region.  The focus of her work is to help those with disabilities to live independently and achieve the self-confidence to recognize lifestyles available to them.  A wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, advocate, teacher, friend…hear Rosalie as she recalls  her journey to self-determination and found her dedication to serving people with disabilities.


“I have attended the American Indian Disability Summit for four years. This event has helped me gather medical references that I use to this day. I have attended a workshop for Nutritionist presentation and they accept my medical insurance so I have build a great long lasting relationship with them as a patient. I enjoy the lunch and networking with different booths. I got in touch with Hanger that helps with my diabetic shoes and they accept my medical insurance. This event has allowed me to make new friends and meet up with friends that I haven’t seen in while. I enjoy the raffles and support this event provides. It allows me learn tips, tools, and strategies to get through the hard times and is full of laughs and fun people. Thank you.

~ Jessica Antonio


Lucy Ruby
Office of Tribal Relations – AZ Dept. of Economic Security

Darrel Christenson

Iris George
AZ@Work Career Advisor, South Job Center – Travis Williams Family Services Center

Rosalie Perry

Holly Longie

Benita Joe

Dorothy Goeman
Travis L Williams Family Services Center

Jon Meyers,
The Arc of Arizona

Melanie Murray
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

Kimberly Yellow Robe
Banner University Health Plans

Betty John Division of Developmental Disabilities – Arizona Department of Economic Security

Eulonda Martinez
Gila River Indian Community-Employment & Training Dept.

Katharine Levandowsky,
Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs – Arizona Department of Health Services

Melissa Kushner
University of Arizona College of Medicine, Sonoran University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

Betty Schoen
Rehabilitation Services Administration, AZ Dept. of Economic Security

Eva Proa

Susan Nayatewa
DHHS Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Central Intake Center