Hopi Tribe and Raising Special Kids to Host Disability Conference

The Hopi Tribe's Office of Special Needs and Raising Special Kids have announced that they will be hosting the Hopi Disability Conference on Aug. 4-5 at the Moencopi Legacy Inn, located in Tuba City.

Speakers will include Herman Honanie, Hopi Tribe vice-chairman, and Laura Nagle, motivational speaker. Keynote addresses will be made by Tom Kelly, recovery and resilience advisor for Cenpatico Behavioral Health, and Fernando Cruz, MSW, reintegration program coordinator for Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL). Hopi Tribe Chairman LeRoy N. Shingoitewa will provide closing remarks.

Kelly has 10 years' experience working in the Arizona public mental health system, including providing technical assistance to provider agencies and regional behavioral health authorities to help educate, coach and train staff in recovery principles and the use of strength-based and person-centered planning principles. He has presented at national, state and local conferences on topics including homelessness, mentor programs, mental health issues and recovery principles.

Cruz, a member of the Tohono O'odham Nation, works with residents of nursing homes in the Phoenix area. A highly recognized professional in the field, works effectively with Native American consumers who face cultural barriers in addition to disability issues.

The conference is sponsored by the Hopi Tribe Office of Special Needs, Raising Special Kids, Arizona Governor's Council on Indian Health Care and Arizona Division on Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.

To register or for more information, call Crystal Kewanimptewa at (928) 734-3414 or (877) 256-6895. The registration deadline is Wednesday, July 27, 2011.