Tuesday, March 28, 2017

About the Disability Awareness Committee

The Phoenix Sister Cities Disability Awareness Committee (DAC) was the first of its kind developed in the United States. To this day, the Phoenix Sister Cities remains the only local program with a committee that focuses on disability issues by increasing awareness.


The DAC has won numerous awards for excellence recognizing exchange programs organized with the Sister Cities of Phoenix. Current programs include:

Annual International Competition's with different disability awareness themes each year that include:


  • Adaptive recreation exchanges
  • Workshops on brain injuries
  • Occupational and physical therapy
  • Exchange of information on mobility and accessibility
  • Holiday Teddy Bear and Book Event to benefit children with special needs and pediatric cancer patients

The Committee meets on a monthly basis and welcomes new members.

Disability Awareness Committee
Click here to download the PDF


Mission Statement:

To provide Phoenix Sister Cities Commission (PSCC) with the opportunity to increase disability awareness among PSCC and its member sister cities for the purpose of promoting the equalization of opportunities within society on behalf of all world citizens with disabilities and their families.

To provide a global standard for how to incorporate individuals with disabilities into all aspects of PSCC programming.

Artists Competition Writers Competition Photography Competition

Highlight of the Month:

This is a busy time as we prepare for the upcoming International competitions. Please click on the links above to learn more about each competition.


How Can I Get Involved?

You don't have to formally work in the disability field and/or have a disability to be part of this team. We are always looking for dedicated people who can offer fresh ideas. Sharing ideas, resources and energy help make this group so successful so please contact us or call in to our next meeting and learn more.



ABIL: http://ability360.org

AZ spinal Cord Injury Association: www.azspinal.org

ADD/ADHD Attention Deficit Disorder: www.helpguide.org

Alport Syndrome: www.alportsyndrome.org

Angelman Syndrome: www.angelman.org

Arizona Autism Coalition: www.azautism.org

Arizona Center for Disability Law: www.azdisabilitylaw.org

Arthritis: www.arthritisfoundation.com

Asperger Syndrome: www.aspergers.com

Autism: www.autism.com

The Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center/SARRC: www.autismcenter.org

Autism Speaks: www.autismspeaks.org

Bilateral perilymph fistulas: www.american-hearing.org

Blind: www.nfb.org

Brain Injury: www.biausa.org

Center for Disease Control & Prevention: www.cdc.gov

Cerebral Palsy: www.cpco.org

Challenging Behavior: www.challengingbehavior.org

Down Syndrome: www.downsyndrome.com

Epilepsy: www.epilepsy.com

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: www.nofas.org

Fragile X Syndrome: www.fragilexsyndrome.org

Institute for Human Development: www.nau.edu

Mental Health: www.mbcd.org

NADD an association for persons with developmental disabilities and Mental Health Needs: www.thenadd.org

PAL Experiences: www.palexperience.org

Raising Special Kids: www.raisingspecialkids.org

Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome: www.smithleliopitz.org

Smith-Magenis Syndrome: www.smithmagenissyndrome.com

Special Olympics: www.specialolympics.org or www.specialolympicsarizona.org

Tourette syndrome: www.tourettesyndrome.net

Spina Bifida: www.spinabiffidaassociation.org

The Division of Developmental Disabilities: www.azdes.gov

Transverse Myelitis: www.myelitis.org

Williams Syndrome: www.williams-syndrome.org