Breakout Sessions

Disability Pride Day, 2022 Breakout sessions.

US Disability History

Meeting Room 3 – 11am 

This session will focus on an overview of the history of disabled people and movements for disability rights and justice in the United States. It will show how laws and concepts such as Section 504, Americans with Disabilities Act, and reasonable accommodations are connected to disabled people’s struggle against discrimination and harm. The session will conclude with a discussion of how activism or disability pride, justice, and culture have influenced disabled people’s identities in the workplace, schools, and everyday society.”

Addressing Ableism and Disability Perceptions

Meeting Room 3 – 2pm

This session will provide a basic understanding of ableism, and how disability identity and pride were developed out of a need for community and belonging. We will briefly cover the history of disability pride and highlight the many aspects of disability culture. Lastly, we will discuss the importance of disabled-centered spaces, and provide an overview of the Disability Cultural Center at the University of Arizona.

Introduction to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Meeting Room 4 – 1pm

Community Outreach Program for the Deaf (COPD) will lead this session where you will receive and introduction to their programs, the barriers to employment, and the benefits of hiring persons with a disability. You will also learn about customized employment and what it is and hear some success stories.

Autism Inclusivity

Meeting Room 4 – 3pm

Come and hear from an autistic community member who will be giving a presentation on autism inclusivity, how to listen to autistic people and what autistic adults want you to know. There will be an opportunity to ask questions about autism and autism inclusivity after the presentation.

Health Inequities and Disabilities

Meeting Room 4 – 12pm

The Office of Health Equity within the Health Department understands that our work plays a vital role in ensuring that all Pima County residents achieve their highest possible level of health. Achieving Health Equity requires intentional understanding and addressing of inequities, assessing societal conditions that prevent residents from achieving their highest level of health, and working to unravel historical and contemporary injustices and socioeconomic barriers to health. As we work to advance health equity, we must understand the individual factors that that prevent Pima County residents from achieving their highest level of health.  

During our conversation, we will discuss the intersectional approach to fostering an inclusive culture regardless of race, residency status, gender identity, political affiliation, ability, and language.

Accessibility Efforts Within the Pima County Recorder’s Office

Meeting Room 3 – 1pm

This session will include an update on the steps we have taken to focus on addressing accessibility issues in our communications and procedures in the last 2 years based on feedback from various disability advocates and agencies. We will show how voters can best access our processes including voter registration and Early Voting. We will also have some of our assistive voting technology for folks to get oriented with what an Early Voting site looks like and how they may be assisted.

The Disability Rights Approach to Services

Meeting Room 4 – 2pm

Are you a person with a disability or are service provider? Do you believe people with disabilities should drive their services, but don’t know how to make that happen? If so, this session will help you with guiding principles to make that happen!

Service Animals & the Law

Meeting Room 3 -3pm

With J.J. Rico, CEO, Arizona Center for Disability Law
How does the law apply to access to public places and services, housing, and employment?  This session will answer questions about your rights related to service animals. The obligations of business owners in relation to people with disabilities accompanied by service animals will be also discussed, as well as strategies for ensuring access into public accommodations.

Girl Scouts of America Inclusion History

Meeting Room 4 – 11am

Join a discussion with Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona where they’ll share their journey of striving to become a truly inclusive organization, welcoming of all.  Recognizing that while the heart of inclusivity was always there, the organization needed a major shift in structure and philosophy to deliver on its promise to their members.  CEO Kristen Garcia-Hernandez shares their history and the moment where learning the hard truth ignited action and reaffirmed a commitment to providing spaces, training, and programs for all girls to enjoy the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

Supportive Decision Making in Employment

Meeting Room 3 – 12pm

 Supported decision-making is all about receiving the right support at the right time so that the individual may live or work as independently as possible. The key to the whole thing is that the individual is in the driver’s seat (has control over whom he or she chooses to support them). This session will go over what it means to use supported decision-making in the employment field, allowing the individual to determine his or her own career path. This builds confidence in the individual and allows them to succeed beyond their wildest dreams.