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People signing in ASL at the conference
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Southwest Conference Contact Info

HSC-SWDisabilityConference@salud.unm.edu

Registration: Pavi Padilla
padillap@salud.unm.edu
(505) 272 - 0027

Exhibitors: James Johnson
jmjohnson@salud.unm.edu
(505) 272 - 0286

Proposals and Presenters: Kristina Blakney
kblakney@salud.unm.edu
(505) 272 - 6247

Conference Director: Dr. Anthony Cahill
acahill@salud.unm.edu
(505) 272 - 2990

Southwest Conference on Disability: October 5th - 7th, 2016

Albuquerque Convention Center

Submit Propsals for the 2016 Southwest Conference on Disability!


The 2016 Southwest Conference on Disability seeks contributions that focus on reducing or eliminating disparities through systems change in one or more of five targeted areas recently identified in a groundbreaking article in the American Journal of Public Health:

  • Improving Access To Health Care And Human Services
  • Data to Drive Policy and Practice
  • Workforce
  • Inclusion Of People With Disabilities in Mainstream Programs And Services
  • Emergency Preparedness for People With Disabilities

Click here for more information or to submit a propsal.

Hotel Information

The conference block of rooms at the Doubletree Hotel will be available in late February, 2016. Please check back.

Transportation Information

The Doubletree Hotel is located approximately five miles from the Albuquerque International Sunport.

Driving instructions: Albuquerque Sunport to the Doubletree Hotel

Shuttle Service from Airport

  • Airport Shuttle, (505) 765-1234
  • Sunport Shuttle,(505) 883-4966 or (866) 505-4966

Taxi Service (available at airport baggage claim area)

  • Albuquerque Cab,(505) 883-4888
  • Yellow-Checker Cab,(505) 247-8888

City Bus

  • ABQ Ride, (505) 243-7433
  • (All city busses from airport to Convention Center are equipped with wheelchair lifts)

Car and Van Rentals

Ramp Van Rentals

Disability and the Arts


Eighth Annual Film Festival: Reel Ability

During the Conference theatrical releases and award-winning documentaries will be shown, followed in some cases, by conversations with the director, producer or star.

Artists in Residence Program


Nationally-recognized artists with disabilities demonstrate their work during the three days of the conference, lead hands-on workshops and breakout sessions. The 2016 Artists in Residence will be announced August 10th.

Artist at a Potter's wheel

Artisan's Showcase

Artisans with disabilities display and sell their original work. The 2016 Artisans will be announced August 10th.

Deadline for the application is July 15th, 2016.

Application for Artisan's Showcase

For assistance with the Artisan's Showcase contact:
James Johnson, jmjohnson@salud.unm.edu, 505-272-0286

Nomination Deadline:

By August 3rd, 2015, send Nominations by e-mail to:bibanez@salud.unm.edu

Conference Awards

The Southwest Conference on Disability periodically recognizes individuals or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to aspects of disability. The National Distinguished Disability Research Award is given on an annual basis. The remaining awards are presented periodically when warranted.

Award Categories

Nomination Deadlines & Procedures

Previous Awardees