Virtual conference

UCP 2022 (Virtual) Conference on Latinos with Disabilities Begins September 21

The 2-day virtual conference takes place from noon to 4 p.m. ET each day.

WASHINGTON, DC, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, USA, September 21, 2022 / — United cerebral palsyFirst Conference on Latinos with Disabilities Begins September 21

– A 2-day virtual conference is taking place on September 21 and 22 from noon to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) each day.

Panel topics:

Day 1

– The 2022 State of Latinos with Disabilities
– Latinos with Disabilities, Obstacles and Opportunities
– The browning of the direct care workforce

Day 2

– Disparate treatment of Puerto Rican residents with disabilities in federal programs and benefits
– The Disabled People’s Community of Mexico
– Who counts depends on who is counted

The goal of the conference is to provide a platform for discussions and presentations – and possibly training – on issues that affect Latinos in the disability community. While many of the topics covered will also be of interest to the general disability community, the conference will highlight the different ways (culturally, socially, economically, and historically) that Latinos with disabilities, their families, and service providers shape the community.


(Admission is free, but all attendees must register.)

Conference agenda

Day 1 – Wednesday, September 21, 2022 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time)

12:00-12:10 p.m. — Opening remarks by UCP CEO Armando Contreras and Stefania Yanachov, Head of Federal Policy and Government Affairs at Waymo, our lead sponsor

12:10-1:15 p.m. — “The State of Latinos with Disabilities in 2022” James Garcia, UCP Communications Coordinator, reports on the latest information available regarding Latinos with disabilities in the United States, as well as information supplements on Latinos with disabilities in Canada and Mexico.

1:15 to 1:30 p.m. — Break

1:30 to 2:35 p.m. — “Latinos with Disabilities: Obstacles and Opportunities.” A panel discussion on the various social, cultural, and economic barriers that contribute to the lack of adequate services and resources for Latinos with disabilities in the United States. The panel will also include a conversation about opportunities for so-called mainstream disability groups to engage the Latino community and ways in which Latinos can proactively access services for their community.

2:35 to 2:50 p.m. Break

2:50 to 3:55 p.m. “The Browning of the Direct Care Workforce.” The long-standing direct care workforce crisis is worse than ever. The labor shortage has increased. The waiting list for direct care is growing. Salaries for direct caregivers have increased, but not enough for employers/service providers to dissuade them from taking higher paying jobs in other areas. This panel examines the workforce crisis in the context of the growing impact of Latin American workers, including immigrants, and the pressures a growing Latin American population places on disability services.

Day 2 – Thursday, September 22, 2022 / 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST

12:00 p.m. — Opening remarks by the President/CEO of the UCP, Armando Contreras

12:10 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. – “Disparate treatment of Puerto Rican residents with disabilities in federal programs and benefits.” More than a century since it became a US territory and five years after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, a new report by the National Council on Disability finds that the United States has “reneged on the federal promise to bring “Puerto Rico’s nearly 700,000 disabled people” into the mainstream of the economy and society simply because of where they live. NCD President Andres Gallegos presents a scathing report on the how “inadequate or non-existent funding…creates devastating economic hardship” for Puerto Rico’s most vulnerable population, people with disabilities Gallegos’ presentation will be followed by a panel discussion.

1:15 to 1:30 p.m. — Break

1:30 to 2:35 p.m. — “The Mexican community of people with disabilities”. The non-profit disability service provider, Nuevo Amanecer, in Monterey, Mexico, is one of the few organizations nationwide to offer counseling, treatment and comprehensive services to people with developmental disabilities. and developmental. Executive Director Dr. Maria Ibarra joins a distinguished group of experts on the types of services available in Mexico for people with disabilities and how organizations like Nuevo Amanecer navigate local, state and federal regulations in the face of bias persistent against people with disabilities.

2:50 p.m. to 3:55 p.m. – “Who counts depends on who is counted”. The title of this panel was borrowed from a common refrain among researchers at Johns Hopkins University’s Disability Health Research Center. “The idea being that when you don’t have data on [communities of color or people with disabilities]“, according to Bonnielin Swenor, director of the DHRC, “it is as if these inequalities were absent”. Swenor calls the reluctance of many researchers to recognize the importance and necessity of collecting comprehensive data on 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.

3:55 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Closing remarks.

A special thank you to our main conference sponsor, Waymo, and our supporting sponsor ANCOR.

Registrants will receive a Zoom link to attend this livestreamed event 48 hours prior to the start of the conference.

Questions? Contact James Garcia at 602-460-1374 or [email protected]

James Garcia
United Cerebral Palsy Associations
+1 602-460-1374
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