September 26, 2005

Contact: Bridgid Isworth: (505) 925-4071; (505) 463-6044 Cell.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2005 Southwest Conference on Disability attendees will get the chance to express their ideas about disability through interactive workshops and view some of the nation's best artwork produced by people with disabilities, Sep 28-30 at the Albuquerque Convention Center .

In conjunction with the Christopher Reeve Foundation and VSA North 4th Arts Center , conference participants can share their personal stories on video about what the phrase "quality of life" means to them. These videos clips will be edited into a short video production to be distributed nationally by the Christopher Reeve Foundation.

Conference guests can also create their own art in a fun, hands-on art room. Guests will get the opportunity to take a break and get their hands dirty between conference sessions.

If viewing art is preferred to creating art,Celebrating Access and the Arts: Southwest Perspectives, will feature work by some of the best New Mexico artists with disabilities.

Furthermore,Disability Culture in America: An Exhibitionwill give attendees a greater opportunity to understand disability culture in America . The exhibition includes artwork, artifacts and items from popular culture including toys, posters and other objects, which are expressions of both how people with disabilities see themselves as well as how people without disabilities view the disability community.

The 2005 Southwest Conference on Disability is an annual event hosted by the University of New Mexico School of Medicine's Center for Development and Disability (UNM CDD), the New Mexico Governor's Commission on Disability and the New Mexico Department of Health. National Conference partners include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Christopher Reeve Foundation and the American Association on Health and Disability.