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2024 African American Conference on Disabilities

The AACD is the premier comprehensive disability conference in the United States that addresses the intersection between race and disability. The conference examines avenues for self-advocacy to ensure the effective provision of services, resources, and enforcement of civil rights in the African American and disability communities.

Woman virtually attending the African American Conference

The AACD is the premier comprehensive disability conference in the United States that addresses the intersection between race and disability. The conference examines avenues for self-advocacy to ensure the effective provision of services, resources, and enforcement of civil rights in the African American and disability communities.

Disability Rights Arizona proudly announces the 2024 African American Conference on Disabilities.

In the past several years, over 15,000 virtual attendees have come from all across Arizona, almost every state in the U.S., U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Africa, and Europe to learn and ask questions on a wide range of disability issues.

We need your financial support and sponsorship for our Conference. Your sponsorship will make a difference to help defray the costs to attend the conference for individuals or families in financial need, so they can obtain information and gain access to resources for themselves or their family members with disabilities.

Important Dates

February 14-15 (virtual)
June 28 (In-person) Hyatt Regency in downtown Phoenix

Register for the Conference

About the Conference

Disability Rights Arizona, formerly Arizona Center for Disability Law, and its partners are excited to announce the 13th 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, rfowler@disabilityrightsaz.org.

If you need reasonable accommodations such as ASL, CART or other, please email nlunarose@disabilityrightsaz.org by May 17, 2024.

Any interpreter interested in RID CEUs must email ceu@acdhh.az.gov by Friday, June 17, 2024.

**To email, please copy and paste the email address into your email browser**

A discount will be offered for those who stay at the hotel to attend the conference.

These are the steps on booking your rooms:
www.hyatt.com

  1. Enter: Hyatt Regency Phoenix
  2. Enter: Dates of your stay
  3. Go to Special Rates
  4. Go to Special Offer Code
  5. Enter: CHEERS
  6. Click Find Hotels Button

Discounted rate of $11.00 parking for the day at the Chase Garage on 201 N. 1st, Phoenix, Arizona.

Bring your ticket inside to validate.

Payments for tickets other than credit card, such as purchase orders, checks or invoices, please contact acctpayables@disabilityrightsaz.org.

**To email, please copy and paste the email address into your email browser**

  • Disability Rights Arizona
  • Arizona Complete Health
  • Arizona Center for African American Resources (AzCAAR)
  • Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Northern Arizona University Institute for Human Development
  • University of Arizona Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities
  • Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
  • Arizona Complete Health
  • Valley Toyota Dealers
  • Dignity Health
  • DIRECT Advocacy and Resource Center
  • TD SYNNEX
  • Humana Healthy Horizons
  • Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC)
  • American Association of People with Disabilities (REV UP)
  • Arizona Rehabilitation Services Administration
  • Certified Placement Services
  • Mark’s The Spot Salon
  • Cynthia Macluskie Insurance Solutions
  • Arizona Technology Access Program
  • Arizona Autism United
  • Family Involvement Center
  • Sun Sounds of Arizona
  • Arizona Talking Book Library
  • Lexus Superstition Springs
  • Breaking Barriers, Creating Futures: An Engaging Workshop Redefining Educational Pathways, Empowerment, and Unity for Black Girls and Women across Generations.
  • Special Education and Section 504 Law
  • Meeting the needs of Students with Health Care needs–focus on diabetes and sickle cell
  • Patient Success: Accommodating Patients with Disabilities in Healthcare Settings and Beyond
  • Civil Rights and Adult Guardianship Alternatives
  • An International prospective on Trauma: Common Threads from Phoenix to Nairobi
  • The Kingman Project
  • How to Reach a Successful Employment Goal with the Help of Arizona Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services
  • Exploring The Triple A Effect- Through The Many Hats of Advocacy!
  • AZ ABLE Accounts: How to Protect Benefits and Build Financial Security
  • Pregnancy experiences of Black and Latina mothers with physical disabilities: A peer researcher model
  • Accessible Elections
  • Embracing Identity – Youth Panel
  • Fair Housing: Reasonable Accommodations and Modifications under Fair Housing Act
  • Traumatic Brain Injury and Accommodations
  • Arizona Secretary of State, The Honorable Adrian Fontes
  • Dr. Elizabeth Holliday Morgan, Ph.D, Sacramento State University
  • Commissioner Thomas Hicks, U.S. Elections Assistance Commission, Washington, D.C.
  • Thomas M. Collins, Executive Director, Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission
  • Registration – Foyer
    7:00-8:30 a.m.
  • Opening Remarks and Welcome – Regency Ballroom
    7:45-8:30 a.m.
  • Meet the Vendors – Atrium
    8:15-8:50 a.m.
  • Session 1 – Workshops
    9:00-10:15 a.m.
  • Break
    10:15-10:30 a.m.
  • Session 2 Workshops
    10:30 -11:45 a.m.
  • Lunch Regency Ballroom
    11:50-1:00 p.m.
  • Session 3 – Workshops
    1:15-2:30 p.m.
  • Break
    2:30-2:45 p.m.
  • Session 4 – Workshops
    2:45-4:00 p.m.
  • Closing Remarks Regency Ballroom
    4:15-5:00 p.m.

Be a Sponsor, Vendor, or Exhibitor for the 2024 Conference

If you would like to be a sponsor, vendor, or exhibitor for the 2024 conference, please email Renaldo Fowler, rfowler@azdisabilitylaw.org.

Frequently asked questions

Sorry, there are no refunds.

Payments for tickets other than credit card, such as purchase orders, checks or invoices, please contact acctspayable@disabilityrightsaz.org.

Yes, the Hyatt Regency is accessible for all users.

Yes, a light breakfast and lunch will be offered.

Yes, a discount will be offered for those who stay at the hotel to attend the conference. Please see the following information: www.hyatt.com Enter: Hyatt Regency Phoenix Enter: Dates of your stay Go to Special Rates Go to Special Offer Code Enter: CHEERS Click Find Hotels Button.

The virtual 2024 conference will be available in April but please see the sessions from our 2023 virtual conference:

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