The Fifth Annual Special Needs and Diversability Expo was held at the Community Building on the morning of April 12. The five-hour event was organized by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Special Needs Resources Program and was a chance for representatives from various community programs to inform people about the special-needs resources available in the Community and the Valley.
The event kicked off with coffee and pastries as SRPMIC President Delbert Ray, Sr. welcomed the attendees. In his opening remarks he thanked guests for their attendance and thanked the staff members from the various departments and programs. “I’m really grateful that you would take the time to come here and to make the resources known and available,” he said.
SRPMIC Vice-President Martin Harvier gave the morning invocation and shared his personal experience regarding the care of someone with special needs. Harvier expressed the need for awareness: “They say until something hits you and your family, it’s someone else’s problem. It is unfortunate that that’s the way it is.”
Harvier also thanked the groups at the event, which included departments within the Community such as Child Find, Health and Human Services, Salt River Vocational Rehabilitation, SRPMIC Recreation Super Kids Club and the Early Childhood Education Center.
“The whole point is to cover resources and information related to special needs or disability and to bring in presenters from surrounding areas as well as utilize the programs within the Community,” said Zandria Ransom, special needs coordinator.
Many presentations were given throughout the day on a wide range of topics. Presenters included the Arizona Department of Economic Security, Arizona Technology Access Program, Social Security Administration, Ability 360 Center and Providence First Trust.
Lunch and raffle prizes were provided for guests. The Special Needs Resources Program also holds monthly events. For questions or to learn more, please call (480) 362-6980.