African American Conference on Disabilities - June 2023


Fri Jun 16 2023 at 08:00 am to 05:00 pm


Hyatt Regency Phoenix | Phoenix, AZ

The AACD is the premier comprehensive disability conference in the United States that addresses the intersection between race and disability
About this Event

The Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) and its partners are excited to announce the 12th Annual African American Conference on Disabilities (AACD).
The conference will offer the opportunity to select among twenty different disability-related workshops and three general sessions.
There are a limited number of scholarships for families to attend the conference. For more information, please contact Renaldo Fowler, [email protected].

**If you need reasonable accommodations, please email [email protected] by May 16, 2023.**


Principal Sponsorship

  • United Healthcare Community Plan
  • Arizona Department of Health Services Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN)
  • Arizona Center for African American Resources (AzCAAR)
  • Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Arizona’s Developmental Disabilities Network Partners

  • Arizona Center for DisabilityLaw
  • University of Arizona Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities
  • Northern Arizona University Institute for Human Development
  • Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council

Featured Sponsorship

  • Valley Toyota Dealers

Champion Sponsorship

  • Citizens Clean Elections Commission

Advocate Sponsorship

  • Arizona Community Foundation
  • Juniques Micro and Small Business Support
  • Raising Special Kids
  • Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired (Saavi)

Family Sponsorship

  • Arizona State University Disability Studies Program
  • Super Springs Lexus
  • Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona
  • Mark’s The Spot Salon

Sponsorship packets for the 2023 AACD available

Conference Topics Include:

Opening Keynote Speaker: "Moving from Safe Spaces to Brave Spaces"
  • Derrick K. Willis, MPA, Director, University of Iowa’s Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD)

"The Election Assistance Commission’s Role in Accessible Voting"


  • Commissioner Thomas Hicks, Election Assistance Commission
  • Ben Jackson, Senior Subject Matter Expert, Election Assistance Commission

"The Rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and why it matters in employment law"


  • Sey In, Esq., Staff Attorney, Arizona Center for Disability Law

"Legal Rights and Best Practices for Individuals Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis"


  • Asim Dietrich, Esq., Supervisory Attorney for Investigation, Monitoring & Accountability, Arizona Center for Disability Law

"Air Carrier Access Act: The Sky’s the Limit"


  • Skylar Colavito, Esq., Staff Attorney, Arizona Center for Disability Law
  • Donna Powers, Staff Advocate and Investigator, Arizona Center for Disability Law
  • Rebecca Sobie, Esq., Senior Staff Attorney, Arizona Center for Disability Law

"Disputes with Schools: Tips for Filing Successful Complaints"


  • Amanda Glass, Esq., Managing Attorney - Education Team, Arizona Center for Disability Law

"Hot Topics in Healthcare and Your Rights: Long COVID, Systemic Health Inequities, and the Healthcare Workforce Crisis"


  • Julia Corty, Esq., Managing Attorney - Intake Team, Arizona Center for Disability Law
  • Meaghan Kramer, Esq., Managing Attorney - Healthcare Team, Arizona Center for Disability Law

"Shadow Citizens-Confronting Federal Discrimination in the U.S. Virgin Islands and other Territories"


  • Amelia Headley LaMont
  • Archie Jennings, Esq., Deputy Director, Disability Rights Center of the Virgin Islands

"AZ ABLE Accounts: Groundbreaking Accounts that Protect Benefits and Build Financial Security for Individuals with Disabilities"


  • Brittaney M. Chipley, MPA, Executive Director, AZ ABLE

"Tracing the Trauma Thread from our Ancestors to Present Healing. - pt. 2"


  • Carlian W. Dawson, Ed.D.

"Differing Realities: Centering the Counternarratives of Black Girls and Womxn with Disabilities in Educational Landscapes"


  • Sakénya McDonald, PhD., Assistant Director of Academic Programs, Institute for Human Development, Northern Arizona University
  • Rasheera Dopson, MPH, public speaker, podcaster, author, and qualitative researcher, National Center of Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine

"Disability Justice: A Youthful Perspective"
  • Youth Panelists (TBA)

"Engaging Families and Young Adults in Arizona"


  • Calvin Cook and Grace Ouko  

"Hey Dad, You Matter: The Importance of Black Fathers in Early Intervention"


  • Dr. Brandy D. James, Ph.D., Community Education and Outreach Director, Sonoran Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, University of Arizona

"Fostering Positive Outcomes for Youth with Disabilities Transitioning from Foster Care"


  • Jacy Farkas, MA, ABD, Assistant Director, Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities, University of Arizona

"Services to Help Students with Disabilities Become Employed"


  • Lisa Livesay, Secondary Transition Specialist, Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services
  • Traci Zweig Przecioski MA, CRC, Statewide Transition Coordinator, Arizona Rehabilitation Services Administration, Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Linda Fischer, Senior Staff Advocate, Client Assistance Program Coordinator (CAP), Arizona Center for Disability Law

Closing Keynote Speaker: "Building Legacy"
  • Kari Miller Ortiz, Director of People and Culture at Move United


Where is it happening?

Hyatt Regency Phoenix, 122 North 2nd Street, Phoenix, United States

Event Location & Nearby Stays:


USD 0.00 to USD 200.00

Arizona Center for Disability Law

Host or Publisher Arizona Center for Disability Law

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