2015 SWconference
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Southwest Conference Contact Info


Registration: Roxanne Padilla
(505) 272 - 6231

Exhibitors: James Johnson
(505) 272 - 0286

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

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

Southwest Conference on Disability: Oct 6th - 9th 2015

Join us on October 6th for the
2015 New Mexico Brain Injury Symposium!

Conference Keynotes


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Andy Imparato
Executive Director, Association of University Centers on Disability, Washington, DC


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Haben Girma
Disability Rights Advocates, Berkeley, California


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Jim Parker
Director Emeritus, New Mexico Governor’s Commission on Disability and long-time Disability Rights Advocate, Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Southwest Conference on Disability is moving back to the newly renovated Albuquerque Convention Center!

Albuquerque Convention Center

The Convention Center is located between the Rio Grande river and the Sandia Mountains, in the heart of vibrant downtown Albuquerque. The Center just completed Phase I of its $20 million dollar renovation.

 Visit: https://www.albuquerquecc.com/Default.aspx  to see what awaits your discovery in the heart of the great Southwest!

2015 Hotel Accommodations at the Doubletree Hotel

See the "Hotel & Transportation" tab above for more information.

Hotel Information

Doubletree Hotel

The conference hotel is the Doubletree Hotel which is connected to the Albuquerque Convention Center by an underground walkway.

The Doubletree Hotel
201 Marquette Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

A limited number of rooms are available at the conference rate of $109.  These rates are valid for three days before and three days after the conference. To receive conference rates call the hotel directly at (505) 247-3344 by Monday, September 16, 2015 and tell them you are making a reservation for the Southwest Disability Conference.

Please note that the conference block of rooms may be filled before the cutoff date.

Make your hotel reservations early!

To reserve a room with a roll-in shower, please call the Conference Coordinator at (505) 272-6231. The hotel cannot release these rooms.

For more information, visit the Doubletree Hotel website.

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

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Disability and the Arts

Seventh 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 2014 Arts in Residence will be announced August 10th.

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Artisan's Showcase

Artisans with disabilities display and sell their original work in the Conference Exhibit Area. The 2015 Artisans will be announced August 10th.

Deadline for the application is August 17th 2015.

Application for Artisan's Showcase

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

Disability Culture in America: An Exhibition

This Exhibit of Artifacts documents evolving views of disability culture in American society.

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