3rd Annual American Indian Youth Disability Summit

Saturday, March 25, 2023 | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Captioning and ASL interpretation services will be provided.

We hope you can join us VIRTUALLY for the 3rd Annual American Indian Youth Disability Summit on March 25, 2023! 

This year’s theme is Reclaiming Traditional & Creation Stories of Indigenous Youth with Disabilities.

The youth summit will highlight voices of American Indian youth with disabilities and focus on aspects of American Indian life, history, culture and heritage that can help you address today’s challenges.

We hope you can join us and be a part of this growing community.

Jim E. Warne Youth Tribal Leadership Award

The Jim E. Warne American Indian Youth Leadership Award will also be announced during the summit.

The award is given to American Indian youth who demonstrate leadership qualities and personal strengths that help them overcome adversity in their community.

If you know someone in your community who show the qualities of this award, we encourage you to nominate this individual.  

Submit a Nomination Today!

Please contact Kimberly Yellow Robe at kimberly.yellowrobe@bannerhealth.com

About Jim E. Warne
Jim E. Warne is a member of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) Nation. He is president of Warrior Society Development, LLC and consults for various government agencies, organizations and Tribal Nations. He is currently a consultant for the UArizona Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities and is an impassioned motivational speaker and Native advocate. Read more about Jim E. Warne.

Jim E. Warne

Keynote Speakers

Alisse Ali-Joseph

Hoskie Benally

Native American Disability Law Center
Hoskie Benally Jr. is a member of the Navajo Nation and is legally blind. He resides in Shiprock, New Mexico and is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a BS Degree in Sociology. Hoskie is currently employed with the Native American Disability Law Center, President of the Navajo Nation Advisory Council on Disabilities, and has been recently appointed by President Joseph Biden to the National Council on Disabilities

Alisse Ali-Joseph

Darold Joseph, PhD

Norther Arizona University
Darold Joseph is Iswunga (Coyote Clan) from the Hopi Village of Lower Moenkopi. He is an Assistant Professor in the Dep. of Educational Specialties and Teaching and Learning at Northern Arizona University. His research is informed from his experience serving as an educator in Special Education and is focused on the intersection of disability with sociocultural differences that inform educational inequities for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth.

The youth summit will entirely take place virtually using the Zoom platform. If you have any questions or need assistance with registration, please contact Darrel Christenson at darrelc@ability360.org.


The summit begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.

A detailed agenda will be made available closer to the Summit.


3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Presented by

Ability 360, Banner University Family Care, Diverse Ability Incorporated, Division of Developmental Disabilities, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, and the University of Arizona Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities.

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