Wednesday, March 29, 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.




AZ spinal Cord Injury Association:

ADD/ADHD Attention Deficit Disorder:

Alport Syndrome:

Angelman Syndrome:

Arizona Autism Coalition:

Arizona Center for Disability Law:


Asperger Syndrome:


The Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center/SARRC:

Autism Speaks:

Bilateral perilymph fistulas:


Brain Injury:

Center for Disease Control & Prevention:

Cerebral Palsy:

Challenging Behavior:

Down Syndrome:


Fetal Alcohol Syndrome:

Fragile X Syndrome:

Institute for Human Development:

Mental Health:

NADD an association for persons with developmental disabilities and Mental Health Needs:

PAL Experiences:

Raising Special Kids:

Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome:

Smith-Magenis Syndrome:

Special Olympics: or

Tourette syndrome:

Spina Bifida:

The Division of Developmental Disabilities:

Transverse Myelitis:

Williams Syndrome: