Virtual and On Site Program at a Glance

We hope you can join us for the 18th Annual American Indian Disability Summit on April 1st, 2022, held both virtually and in-person!

“Gathering Native Voices to Build Strength Through Unity”

Held at Desert Willow Conference Center: 4340 E. Cotton Center Blvd. Phoenix, AZ, 85040. For directions, please call (602)-431-0001.

The winner of the 2022 Marcus Harrison Jr. Leadership Award will also be announced during the summit.

Opening Ceremony

8:30 am – 10:30 am

 

8:30AM-9AM: Presentation of Colors: Honor Guard from the Ira Hayes Post 84, Sacaton, AZ

Following the Presentation of Colors are the opening prayers and Blessing song, preformed by Grammy Award winner and flute maker, Aaron White. Following the Blessing song is The National Anthem and the Governors Proclamation and welcoming Darrel Christenson, Vice President of Community Integration at Ability360, along with Miss Indian Arizona for 2021-2022, Alyse Marrietta (GRIC).

9AM-10AM: Introduction of Keynote Speaker, Kimberly Yellow Robe, Lakota

 

Rosalie Perry

Indigenous Abundance: Cultivating Advocacy through Community

Keynote Speaker
Darold H. Joseph, Ph.D
Assistant Professor
Northern Arizona University – Hopi

Ability360

10:15AM-10:30AM: Marcus Harrison Jr. Leadership Award presentation – 2022 Award winner:

Announcement of the Youth Track Award winner and workshops on April 8, 2022

 

YOUTH TRACK sessions. Virtual Workshops being held the following Friday, 4/8/22. Details will be announced.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

We are grateful to have guest speakers representing different areas of the disability field and varying perspectives on American Indian culture.

SESSION ONE

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Special Services for American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians Available Through DDD

Speakers

Anthony Dekker, D.O.
Chief Medical Officer
Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)

Location

Cottonwood Ballroom

How to Advocate for the Health Care You Want

Panel

Heather Williamson (NAU), Julie Armin & Tamsen Bassford (U of A), Kenneth Kundert
(self advocate), Dana Russell (NAU’s Hopi Cancer Support Services), and Veronica Boone (Tucson Indian Center)

Location

Chia Room

Supporting Fathers of Children With Special Needs

Speakers

Neil Tift
Outreach Coordinator
Native American Fatherhood & Families Association

Location

Brittlebush Room

Lunch

NOON-1:15 PM

SESSION Two

1:15-2:15 PM

Communities Coming Together, Supporting Tribal Members with Disabilities

Panel

Wendy Parent-Johnson,
Jim E. Warne, Jacy Farkas Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities (UCEDD)
Univ of Arizona, Tucson

Location

Cottonwood Ballroom

Native American Resource Collection at CPIR: Culturally responsive resources created by
Native American Authors

Panel

Judy Wiley and Joann Sebastian Morris

Location

Chia Room

Building Community Resiliency Before, During and After a Disaster

Speakers

Stephanie Miller
Disability Access Educator
Arizona Statewide Independent
Living Council (AZSILC)

Location

Brittlebush Room

SESSION Three

2:30-3:30 PM

Transitioning to Independent Living is Possible

Speakers

Ivan L. Rivera
Program Manager
Benefits 2 Work
Ability360

Location

Cottonwood Ballroom

In Our Own Voice

Panel

Terry McDermott
and Arthur Jackson
Peer Support Specialists
National Alliance on
Mental Illness (NAMI)
Valley of the Sun

Location

Chia Room

CLOSING REMARKS

3:45 PM-4 PM

Save the Date

2nd Annual American Indian Youth Disability Summit

We hope you can join us for the 2nd Annual American Indian Youth Disability Summit on April 8th, 2022!