Summit organizers Rebeca Cavazos (left) and E. Mari Herrera-Daniels (right)

Celebra la Independencia: Latino Disability Summit

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Summit organizers Rebeca Cavazos (left) and E. Mari Herrera-Daniels (right)

Celebra la Independencia

By E. Mari Herrera-Daniels
Photo by Loren Worthington

Ability360 is proud to host the Latino Disability Summit and Resource Fair Saturday, September 16, 2017. This all-day summit, the first of its kind in Arizona, will provide inspiration, information and resources to families affected by disability. “Latinos are the fastest growing demographic group in this country. When culture and language barriers mix with disability; it makes for a desolate situation for families,” states E. Mari Herrera-Daniels, Chair of the Latino Disability Summit. “The goal of the summit is to inspire families to break down the barriers, and to educate by introducing resources and services available to help families reach their full potential.”

Culturally relevant workshops on immigration, Social Security benefits, how to work while on disability, movement and nutrition, youth transitioning and caregiver support are a few of the workshops that will run throughout the day. A panel of disability community leaders will discuss the intersection of Latino identity and disability during a lunch panel discussion.

“September 16th is Mexican Independence Day,” said Co-Chair Rebeca Cavazos. “It’s a perfect day to talk about independence for people with disabilities. We hope you’ll come join us.”

Over 50 agencies and exhibitors will be on hand to talk one-on-one with individuals, many will have Spanish speaking staff on site. Demonstrations, screenings, and prize drawings will be held throughout the day. Mariachis, food and a kid zone with sensory and accessible activities will add festivity to this family fun event. Everyone is invited to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Saturday, September 16th at the Latino Disability Summit and Resource Fair. Visit LatinoDisabilitySummit.org for more information and sponsorship opportunities.

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