disABILITY Awareness Fair

When: Thursday,  April 4th, 2013
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Place: Santa Fe Community College, Main Hall and all 3 Jemez Rooms

On Thursday, April 4th, 2013, The D.R.E.A.M.S. Club is hosting the DisABILITY Awareness Fair at SFCC.

This Page is being updated as information is received.

 Session A
10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Room: Jemez 1

Assistive Technology 101

Presented by:
John "Mad Dog" Romero of Mad Dog Media and member of the DREAMS Club
Annie Goodwin of the Santa Fe Public Schools Assistive Technology Department
Summary of Workshop:
This workshop presents many of the practical adaptations available for the disabled population. An overview of Assistive Technology available today.  Topics include Devices, Certification Requirements for students who are interested in the Assistive Technology field.

Room: Jemez 2
Developmental Disability Waiver Wait List Campaign

Presented by: Carmen Garcia of the Arc of New Mexico
Summary of Workshop:
The Arc of New Mexico - in collaboration with the New Mexico Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, Disability Rights New Mexico, and Parents Reaching Out has started a Waiting List Campaign.  The goal is to put a face on the issue.  Strategies will include a web page highlighting individual and family stories, town hall meetings, and testimony at public meetings and hearings in Santa Fe and around the state. We need your help.  We are asking individuals and families who are on the waiting list to share their stories with us.  In this way we can make the issue real to our state legislators, state administrators and other elected officials.

Session B
1:15 to 2:45 p.m.

Room: Jemez 1
University Students with Disabilities and Study Abroad Programs
Presented by: Guida Leicester,  UNM Graduate Student (Will be presented In the afternoon)
Summary of Workshop:
My workshop  presentation focuses on increasing wider inclusion and participation of university students with disabilities’ in study abroad programs.  Issues covered include: 1) the physical and cultural-attitudinal barriers that prevent the participation of students with disabilities to participate in study abroad programs; 2) accessibility issues (accommodation needs)—in the areas of classroom, housing and transportation needs—which students with disabilities face when studying abroad; and, 3) adaptability solutions, i.e., funding suggestions for students with disabilities that encounter extra costs unique to their special needs—medical and special equipment needs—when traveling abroad, and more.

Room: Jemez 2
The ADA – What Is It All About and What Does It Have to Do With Me? 

Presented by: Julie Ballinger, Southwest ADA Center Regional Affiliate
Summary of Workshop: 
The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law on July 26, 1990 with the overall purpose of making the American Society more accessible to people with disabilities. This workshop will give an overview of who is now protected under the Federal law and the civil rights of people with disabilities concerning employment, state/local government programs, and businesses.  The presentation will include helpful resources and enforcement information.

Session C
3:15 to 4:45 p.m.

Room: Jemez 1

Born to Schmooze: Meeting With Your Legislators

Presented by: Connie DeHerrera, Daniel Ekman of The New Mexico Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, and the Center for Self Advocacy
Summary of Workshop:
This workshop will discuss how individual self-advocates and advocates can become involved in the legislative process. It will briefly review the legislative process and how bills get passed into law. Then, it will offer pointers on talking to legislatures and reinforce these lessons with role-play scenarios. Finally, the presentation will discuss the importance of public testimony and effective ways to get your point across with legislators. 

Room: Jemez 2
Opening the Door to Self-Advocacy
Presented by: Adam Shand, and Steve Scarton of the Center for Self-Advocacy, People First New Mexico, The New Mexico Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, and the Arc of NM
Summary of workshop:
“Opening the Door to Self Advocacy” is an interactive presentation to introduce individuals to Self Advocacy. This presentation was created for use by People First of New Mexico and the Center for Self Advocacy; These organizations work to reach rural areas in New Mexico and train individuals with developmental disabilities to be self advocates. In this presentation we will show you the work we do and how we help others to reach their full potential.    




Room: Jemez 3
There will be TWO Showings of When Billy Broke His Head...and Other Tales of Wonder. FREE.

Session ONE: 10 am to 11:15 am

Session TWO: 1:30 to 3:30 pm

It is one hour long, and will be followed by a discussion of this powerful and relevant film.

"Winner: 1995 Sundance Film Festival Freedom of Expression Award

When Billy Broke His Head... And other Tales of Wonder was funded by the Independent Television Service (ITVS) with funds provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting."

When Billy Broke His Head ...and Other Tales of Wonder is an entertaining, irreverent road movie about disability, civil rights, and the search for intelligent life after brain damage.  Following a traffic-accident, journalist Billy Golfus woke from a coma to find himself head-injured, hemiplegic and dependent on others.  When Billy Broke His Head... tells of Golfus’ struggle to make a new life for himself in the face of pervasive discrimination and bureaucratic “helping systems.”  Accompanied by filmmaker David E. Simpson, Golfus travels the country encountering disabled people of all stripes, and witnessing the strength and anger that has forged a civil rights movement for disabled Americans.  Laced with humor and biting wit, When Billy Broke His Head... is a widely acclaimed, groundbreaking film about disability culture; a no holds barred, first-person account that refuses to tell the “inspirational” stories we have come to expect from films about people with disabilities. 


Information and Resource Tables:

Confirmed Invitees:
(These are agencies or organizations who have supported or assisted us or those we know.)

Governor's Commission on Disability
Arc of NM
Coming Home Connection
NM Aging and Long-term Services
Las Companas Compadres
Santa Fe Ride "Paratransit"
Assistance Dogs of the West
Tourette Syndrome Association of NM (Info on table only)
Kitchen Angels (Info on table only)

Invited Agancies and organizations, not yet confirmed to be attending in-person:
Naprapathic Medicine of NM
St. Elizabeth's Shelter
Mi Via
Meals on Wheels
NM Center on Law and Poverty

Information brochures and resources on things such as:
Workplace and Business Inclusion
Tourette Syndrome
 D.R.E.A.M.S. Club information
SFCC/Campus Resources

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