Disability Awareness Program
|Since its inception in 1996, the Phoenix Sister Cities Disabilities Awareness Committee (DAC) has been working towards improving awareness in the city of Phoenix and its member Sister Cities. By developing a variety of inter-community programs incorporating those individuals with disabilities into already existing programs, or creation of new programs, PSC/DAC has been nationally recognized as a leader in the disability arena.
In partnership with the Hermosillo Committee, a wheelchair basketball exchange and disability awareness program was conducted. The City of Hermosillo sent a ten-member team that participated in several games against the Phoenix Wheelchair Suns. A highlight of their visit was an exhibition game played at the half time of the Phoenix Suns/Denver Nuggets game at America West Arena. As part of this project, Hermosillo sent a team of rehabilitation specialists and therapists who attended workshops on clinical issues related to disabilities and an exposition on adaptive recreation. Good Samaritan Hospital and Barrow Neurological Institute conducted the workshops. Another feature of the exchange was a symposium on accessibility organized by the Smith Group Architectural Group attended by five Hermosillo architects.
Committee Contact Information
Acting Chairperson: Mary Jane Trunzo
Phoenix Sister Cities Staff Liaison:
2013 International Competition for Writers with Disabilities
International Competition for Artists with Disabilities Award Presentation- November 2, 2012
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners accept their awards with Disabilities Awareness Committee Chair Mary Jane Trunzo and Commission Member Barrick Neill
International Competition for Artists with Disabilities Award Presentation in Chengdu, China - May 2011
Councilman Michael Johnson, Chengdu Committee member Miles Davenport and other Phoenix Sister Cities delegation members visit a classroom at the Chengdu Disabled Person's Welfare Foundation.
International Competition for Writers with Disabilities 2011 Awards Presentation
KJZZ radio (91.5 FM) interviewed Harry Wolfe and Julie Peterson about the Phoenix Sister Cities 2011 International Competition for Writers with Disabilities. In addition to discussing the poetry competition for writers with disabilities and encouraging entries, Julie Peterson read her poem that took first place in last year's competition along with two other poems.
You may listen to the broadcast here.
2011 ICWD POEMS
To promote the Phoenix Sister Cities International Competition for Artists with Disabilities and encourage entries, the Phoenix Sister Cities Disabalities Awarenes Committee takes pride in sharing with you this inspring video:
The video, produced by Michael Sleeseman, celebrates the success of the first International Competition for Writers with Disabilities that was held in November 2006. Its decidely Asian theme reflects the large number of submittals from Phoenix Sister Cities in Taipei, Taiwan and Chengdu, China. The winning entry was from Taipei, Taiwan.