UCP Conference on Latinos with Disabilities

 

Join us for this encore virtual presentation of our inaugural UCP Conference on Latinos with Disabilities.

NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL JANUARY. DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

Registration information coming soon.


Special thanks to our premier sponsor for this presentation of our virtual conference, UnidosUS Action Fund.



Day 1

DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

1 to 1:05 p.m. Eastern

Welcoming remarks by UCP President/CEO Armando Contreras and event sponsor UnidosUS AF Executive Director Rafael Collazo.

1:05 to 2:15 p.m Eastern – Panel: “The 2022 State of Latinos with Disabilities”)

(prerecorded)

UCP Communications Coordinator James Garcia presents an overview of Latinos with disabilities in the United States. The presentation will be followed by a moderated conversation about the implication of the country’s population of Latinos with disabilities featuring Javier Robles, Rutgers University Faculty member and professor of The Kinesiology and Health Department, Director of the Center for Disability Sports, Health and Wellness at Rutgers University, and Co-chair of the Rutgers University Disability Studies committee; National Disability Council Chair Andres Gallegos; and Bianca Altamirano Kelly, PhD., University of Washington School of Social Work.

2:15 to 2:30 p.m. — Break

2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Eastern – Panel: Latinos with Disabilities: Barriers and Opportunities

(prerecorded)

A discussion about the distinct social, cultural and economic barriers that contribute to the lack of adequate services and resources for Latinos with disabilities in the United States. Panel will also discuss the opportunities for so called mainstream disability organizations to proactively engage the Latino community to promote greater access to services and other resources. Panelists: George Garcia, MSW, Executive director of the Southwest Institute for Families and Children; Jose Rivera, Director of Quality Assurance, Cerebral Palsy of Nassau; Lorena Hernandez, Resource Parent Rainbow Connection; and Imelda Magana, parent of a child with CP.

Day 2

DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

1 to 1:02 p.m. Welcome by Conference Coordinator James Garcia

1:03 to 2:15 p.m. – Panel: “The Browning of the Direct Care Workforce” 

(prerecorded)

The direct care workforce crisis is growing worse. The shortage of workers grew during the pandemic. The waiting list for care is increasing. Wages are up but not enough for employers/service providers to discourage employees from jumping to better paying jobs in other fields. This panel examines the workforce crisis in the context of its increasing proportion of Latino workers and country’s growing population in need of disability services nationwide. Panelists: Robert Espinoza, Vice President of Policy at PHI; Lydia Dawson, Director of Policy, Regulatory & Legal Analysis at ANCOR; Gloria Sosa, a veteran disability support professional at UCP of Hudson County; Elitze Duarte, Early Intervention Specialist at United Cerebral Palsy of Central California.

2:15 to 2:30 p.m. – Break

2:30 to 3:45 p.m. – Panel: “Disparate Treatment of Puerto Rico Residents with Disabilities in Federal Programs and Benefits”

(prerecorded)

More than a century since it became a U.S. territory and five years after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, a new report by the National Council on Disability finds the U.S. has “reneged on the federal promise to bring” Puerto Rico’s nearly 700,000 people with disabilities “into the economic and social mainstream simply because of where they reside.” National Council on Disabilities Chair Andres Gallegos presents a report on how “inadequate or nonexistent funding … creates devastating economic hardship” for what may be Puerto Rico’s most vulnerable population, people with disabilities. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion featuring NCD Chair Andres Gallegos; ANCOR President/CEO Barbara Merrill, Movimiento para el Alcance de Vida Independiente Executive Director Betzaida Ramos Chárriez.

Day 3

DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON
 
1 to 1:02 p.m. Eastern – Welcoming remarks, Conference Coordinator James Garcia

1:03 to 1:05 p.m. – Panel: “Living With Disabilities in Mexico — Sharing to Create Bridges

(prerecorded)

Three expert panelists will present on what means to live with a disability in Mexico and the range of approaches to address cognitive, psychosocial, sensory and motor disabilities. The panelists will offer insights and information about treatments, research and the respective roles of government, business and civil society organizations. The objective of the panel is to offer a platform for people with disabilities in Mexico, encourage mutual enrichment and increased awareness, and promote the development of new alliances across borders aimed at improving the quality of life for people with disabilities in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Panelists: Dr. Consuelo Ibarra, Director of Therapeutic Medicine at Nuevo Amanecer; Ing. Guillermo Vela, Global Director at Zinpro Corporation’s Human Division; and Taide Buenfil, who teaches post graduate studies in accessibility and universal design in the School of Architecture at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and founder of the Seminar of Accessibility and Inclusive Design. The panel will be moderated by Andrea Garcia Lopez, Coordinator of Community Programs for Nuevo Amanecer and Carlos Gonzales, Community Education Coordinator for Cerebral Palsy of Alberta.

2:15 to 2:30 p.m. Break

2:30 to 3:45 p.m. – Panel Discussion: “Who Counts Depends on Who Gets Counted”

(prerecorded)

The title for this panel was borrowed from a common refrain among researchers at John Hopkins University’s Disability Health Research Center. “The idea being that when you don’t have data about [communities of color or people with disabilities],” according to DHRC Director Bonnielin Swenor, “it is as if these inequities are absent.” Swenor calls the unwillingness by many researchers to acknowledge the importance and necessity of gathering comprehensive data about historically disenfranchised communities “data oppression.” This panel examines how a lack of data limits access to services for people with disabilities, especially among people of color. Panelists: Bonnielin Swenor, Ph.D., M.P.H., Director of the Johns Hopkins University Disability Health Research Center; Javier Robles, professor of The Kinesiology and Health Department, Director of the Center for Disability Sports, Health and Wellness at Rutgers University, and Co-chair of the Rutgers University Disability Studies committee; and Bianca Altamirano Kelly, PhD., who earned her doctorate at the University of Washington School of Social Work

Day 4

DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON
 
1 p.m. to 1:02 p.m. Welcoming remarks, Conference Coordinator James Garcia
 
1:02 to 2:15 p.m. Panel Discussion – “Latinos with Disabilities Q&A Roundtable.”
 
(Live-streamed via Zoom and Facebook)
 
A Q&A and discussion moderated by UCP President/CEO Armando Contreras with leading Latino thought leaders on the disability community, including a discussion about pressing public policy agenda for Latinos with disabilities and the 118th Congress.
 

Registrants will receive a Zoom link to the attend this live-streamed event 48 hours before the start of the conference. Questions? Contact James Garcia at 602-460-1374 or jgarcia@ucp.org.


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