Ability Awareness Week


Full Program
Monday, Oct. 3 – Friday, Oct. 7

Monday: October 3rd
Opening Session; Tomas Rivera Conference Center; 3rd. Fl., Union East, 8:30 – 11 am

  • Welcoming reception
  • Opening Comments – UTEP President, Diana Natalicio
  • Words of Welcome – Bill Dethlefs, CASS Director
  • Presidential proclamation – Joyce Wilson, CEO, Workforce Solutions Borderplex
  • Keynote Presentation – John Fuller, MED, ‘1976; BBA ‘1974. Director of Workforce & Board Support, Texas Workforce Commission; “Welcoming VR into the Texas Workforce Solutions Family: Expanding Opportunities”
  • Youth Leadership Forum – Overview
  • Workforce Solutions Employer Recognition Awards
  • CASS Opportunity and Challenge Awards

    1. Student – Daniel C. Romero, Veteran and Ph.D. student
    2. Faculty- Kristin Kosyluk, Ph.D., Rehabilitation Counseling
    3. Staff – Lois Bates (Ret.), founding DSSO/CASS staff member
    4. Community – Janet M. Lockhart, Dir., Center for Students with Disabilities, EPCC
    5. Web Accessibility Award – University Career Center

Wheelchair Basketball Game; 6 – 8 pm, Memorial Gymnasium

Invitational wheelchair basketball game between the El Paso “Air Wheelers” and the Las Cruces “Rollers” Food is available on site; Admission is free.
Sponsor: Hospitals of Providence.

Tuesday: October 4th
Educational Seminars: 9 – 2:30 p.m.; UTEP Union East, Acacia, Room 102

  • Disability Sensitivity 9-10:45am, Hector Flores
  • Service and/or Assistance Animals 11am-12pm, Isaac Valencia
  • Invisible No More, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, Angie Moreno, Asst. Director, Student Engagement and Leadership Center & Emily Martinez, Inclusion and Advocacy Intern

Wednesday, October 5th
Resource Fair; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Centennial Plaza,
Health and disability-related vendor and service provider exhibition. Career fair of employers that are invested in hiring people with disabilities.
Download Exhibitor Registration Form (DOC)

Photovoice Presentation & Reception; 3 – 5pm, Tomas Rivera Conference Center; 3rd. Fl., Union East
Student presenters will showcase their photographic images and narratives. The seminar and reception will bring together advocates and policymakers to provoke awareness and action on issues of concern such as health, housing, transportation, parking, accessible and restroom gender designations for improving quality of life, and access to services for students with disabilities.

Thursday, October 6th
Educational Seminar: 9 – 10:20 a.m. | UTEP Union East, Acacia 102

  • Learn the Facts about Social Security Benefits, Money, and How to Keep it. 9-10:20am, Celeste Perez Contreras
    Community Work Incentive Coordinator, Imagine Enterprises
  • “Domestic Violence Tendencies with People with Disabilities” 10:30-12:00pmIsaac Duran
    Director of Youth Services Center Against Sexual and Family Violence

Friday, October 7
Student Annual Interdisciplinary Research Symposium : 12:00pm – 4:30pm | 3rd Floor – UTEP Union East
Registration opens at 11:30am – Lunch served at 12:00pm
This year’s theme, “How UTEP Students’ Actions Improve Lives: Highlighting Advancements in General Health Promotion and Service to the Disability Community” is the fourth in a series of annual events designed to promote research and outreach activities, by students, who are making a difference in the promotion of health and the lives of individuals with disabilities.

Flu Clinic: The annual flu clinic will be held on various campus locations in conjunction with Ability Awareness Week; Oct. 3 – 7.


Basic RGB

Goodwill Staffing Solutions – Opening Session
Hospitals of Providence – Wheelchair Basketball Game
Amerigroup – co-sponsor Resource Fair and Symposium
Pride Industries – Resource Fair