Ability Awareness Week

25th Anniversary of Passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)

Ability Awareness Week; October 5 – 9, 2015

Opening Session; Monday, October 5th, 8:30 – 11 am, Tomas Rivera Conference Center (TRCC)

  • Welcoming Reception; 8:30 – 9 am
  • White House Proclamation; Hector Vidal, Walgreens
  • Keynote Presentation; History of the ADA by Denette R. Vaughn,

Senior Attorney; Disability Rights – Texas

  • Presentation of DARS and CASS Recognition Awards
  • Closing Comments- President Natalicio

Wheelchair Basketball Exhibition; Monday, October 5th, 6 – 8 pm, Memorial Gymnasium

  • Invitational wheelchair basketball game
  • The El Paso “Air Wheelers” and the Las Cruces “Rollers”
  • Food is available on site; Admission is free

Educational Seminars; Tuesday, October 6th, 9:00 – 2:30 pm, UTEP Union East Acacia 102

  • Sensitivity Training 101: A Walk in their Shoes; 9:00 – 10:45 am; Hector Flores, ASL Services Manager & Isaac Valencia ‘13
  • Service Animals: Don’t Step on my Paws; 11:00 – 11:45 am; Isaac Valencia ’13 & Alejandro Garcia, student
  • Invisible No More; 1:30 – 2:30 pm; Angie Moreno, Asst. Director, Student Engagement and Leadership Center & Emily Martinez, Inclusion and Advocacy Intern

Resource Fair; Wednesday, October 7th, 10 am – 2 pm, Centennial Plaza, Subject to change.

  • Health and disability-related vendor and service provider exhibition
  • Career fair of employers that are invested in hiring people with disabilities
  • Disability-related sports clinic and demonstrations

Wisdom Wednesday; Wednesday, October 7th, 12 pm – 2 pm, UGLC 306

  • Special CETaL faculty session on ADA accommodations and hidden disabilities,

Educational Seminars; Thursday, October 8th, UTEP Union East Templeton Suite 313

  • Do you see what I see: Photovoice Reflections and Resolutions; 9:00 – 10:30 am; Dr. Neelam Agarwal
  • Mental Illness on College Campuses: Stigma and How to Erase It?; 10:45-11:45 am; Prof. Kristin Kosyluk
  • In Our Own Voice: Breaking the Stigma of Mental Health; 1:30 – 3:00 PM Our Own Voice; Denise Uga, MBA, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – El Paso

Technology Support Center Open House, Thursday, October 8, 9am to 1pm, Library 300

Third Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium; Friday, October 9th, Noon – 5 pm; TRCC

  • Conference theme; How UTEP Students’ Actions are Improving Lives
  • Focus on advancements in general health promotion and service to the disability


  • Topics include outreach to people with disabilities, projects reducing stigma &

promoting inclusion and other unique contributions.

  • Keynote presentations and recognition for leaders and advocates in the field.

CASS Opportunity and Challenge Award (COCA)

Criteria for each award:








Nomination Form


Luis Enrique Chew Picture
Luis Enrique Chew;Executive DirectorVOLAR Center for Independent LivingReceived the COMMUNITY MEMBER DIAMOND AMIGO AWARD
Joann Cross- Photo
Joann CrossUTEP Student Media Advertising/Communication MajorReceived the STUDENT EMERGING LEADER AWARD
Eva Moya Picture
Eva M. Moya, Ph.D.LMSW Assistant Professor Department of Social Work,College of Health Sciences Received the FACULTY MINER ABILITY AWARD
Jorge Villalobos Picture
Jorge A. Villalobos, Ph.D.Director Facilities ServicesReceived the STAFF ABILITY ADVOCATES AWARD