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People signing in ASL at the conference
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Southwest Conference Contact Info


Registration: Pavi Padilla
(505) 272 - 0027

Exhibitors: James Johnson
(505) 272 - 0286

Proposals and Presenters: Kristina Blakney
(505) 272 - 6247

Disability and the Arts Program: Bev Nagy
(505) 272-5237

Conference Director: Dr. Anthony Cahill
(505) 272 - 2990

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

Reducing Disparities For People With Disabilities Through Systems Change

The Southwest Conference on Disability welcomes the Autism Law Summit!

Special Conference Event

Please join us for a two-part Symposium at the Southwest Conference on Disability on Friday, October 7th at the Albuquerque Convention Center:


Good oral health for children and youth with disabilities begins during pregnancy and extends throughout the lifespan…

Conference Keynotes

Ahiya KamaraThursday: Ahiya Kamara

Former Director, Commission for Equal Rights of People with Disabilities in the Israeli Ministry of Justice.

Lorri UnumbFriday: Lorri Shealy Unumb

Vice President, State Government Affairs
Autism Speaks

The 2016 Southwest Conference on Disability is pleased to announce two one day symposia!

Tuesday, October 4th

Best Practices in Assessment and Intervention for People with Brain Injuries hosted by the Brain and Behavioral Health Institute

Friday, October 7th

Improving Your Child's Oral Health: A Hands On Workshop For Parents, Family Members And Caregivers (AM)

Charting The Future Of Oral Health Care For Children With Special Health Care Needs In New Mexico: A Community Forum (PM)

Hotel Information

The Doubletree Hotel is connected to the Convention Center by an underground walkway. A limited number of hotel rooms have been reserved at the special conference rate of $109 single or double. To receive conference rates call the hotel directly at (505) 247-3344 by September 5, 2016 and identify your reservation as the "Southwest Conference on Disability". To reserve a room with a roll-in shower, please call the Conference Coordinator at (505) 272-6231. The hotel cannot release these rooms. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CONFERENCE BLOCK MAY SELL OUT BEFORE THE DEADLINE. BOOK EARLY!

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.

Film Festival Schedule

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:
Bev Nagy, bnagy@salud.unm.edu, 505-272-5237

Nomination Deadline:

By August 3rd, 2015, send Nominations by e-mail to: acahill@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