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Program aids those with disabilities

The Arc of Arizona hosts a Family I/DD Resources Conference, for those with intellectual and development disabilities and their family supporters, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17 at the Black Canyon Conference Center, 9440 N. 25th Ave. Early-bird registration opens Sept. 1.

Conference sessions will focus on a variety of issues relevant to individuals with I/DD of all ages. Keynote speakers include Lindsey Nebeker, an autism self-advocate, author, blogger, and nationally recognized expert on relationship issues for individuals with I/DD; and Matthew Wangeman and John Schaffer, both professors of Disability Studies from the Institute for Human Development at Northern Arizona University. Wangeman is the subject of the documentary film, “My Dad Matthew,” created by Schaffer, who also made the documentary film, “Vectors of Autism.”

Breakout sessions will include: Teaching Self-Advocacy; Planning for Postsecondary Education; Expanding AHCCS to Include Occupational Therapy; and more.

Early-bird registration cost is $75 for individuals and $100 for I/DD professionals, by Oct. 15. Financial assistance may be available for individuals wishing to attend. For more information, call 602-234-2721.To register, visit www.arcarizona.org.

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