Friday, March 24 in Phoenix

3rd Annual American Indian Disability Youth Summit Will Take Place Saturday, March 25 Virtually 

Phoenix, Ariz. (Feb. 16, 2023) – The 19th Annual American Indian Disability Summit “Gathering Native Voices to Learn from the Past, Present, Prepare for the Future” will be held on Friday, March 24 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Desert Willow Conference Center, 4340 E. Cotton Center Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85040.  Ability360 is a sponsor and will be involved in the Opening Ceremonies.

This year’s keynote speaker is Hoskie Benally Jr. (Navajo), Advocate, Native American Disability Law Center, New Mexico and will address “Respect for Natural Laws and Traditional Stories to Prevent Disharmony.” President Joe Biden recently appointed Benally to the National Council on Disability. 

The disability summit will be in person and available virtually. There will be a variety of speakers addressing topics such as sexual violence within tribal communities, supporting youth with disabilities in their transition to employment, stereotyping in the media, advocating for the disabled, parents taking action to improve autism services access for Dine’ families and more! 

The 3rd Annual Youth Summit will be virtual on Saturday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 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.  

The event is free to attend.  To register visit: American Indian Disability Summit – Ability360 | Phoenix, AZ.  


Ability360 continues a 40-plus-year tradition of empowering programs for people with all disabilities. Ability360 offers and promotes programs to empower people with disabilities to take personal responsibility so that they may achieve or continue independent lifestyles within the community.  The independent living philosophy states that people with disabilities should have the same civil rights, options, and control over choices in their own lives as do people without disabilities. Ability360 is located at 5025 E. Washington St. Ste. 200, Phoenix, AZ 85034,, 602-256-2245.