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Arab American Communities and Disabilities Conference

Thank you to everyone who participated in the conference on December 10. Conference materials have been posted below.Arab American Communities and Disabilities conference logo

  • Final conference program (PDF)
  • Keynote presentation (Powerpoint)
    Understanding the Arab American Experience by Helen Samhan
  • Audio recording of plenary presentations (mp3 audio)
    Welcoming Remarks, keynote presentation, panel presentation, and musical performance
  • Radio interview on Radio Tahrir (mp3 audio)
    broadcast by WBAI NY on November 29

                    • Interviews and parts of the conference were filmed for a weekly show called “The Bridge” on aired on ART, Arab Radio and TV, DISH.
                      • Webinar (wmv): Arab American Communities and Disabilities Conference: Lessons Learned for Dissemination, Training, and Technical Assistance.
                        This webinar was jointly presented by the Dissemination and Community Education and Technical Assistance Committees of the AUCD National Community Education Directors Council.

Conference Goals:

  • To increase the knowledge of service providers and advocacy groups of Arab American cultures in New
    Jersey for more effective outreach and service; and
  • To enable Arab American communities to have a better understanding of the services available in New


  • Providers of disability and other human services in New Jersey
  • Members and leaders in Arab American Communities in New Jersey
  • Families and people with disabilities in Arab American Communities in New Jersey
  • Educators, Advocates, and other interested people


  • The Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities,
    UMDNJ–Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Department of Pediatrics
  • Disability Rights New Jersey
  • NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities
  • NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities


  • Horizon NJ Health
  • Islamic Center of Passaic County
  • Rutgers Center for Middle Eastern Studies
  • Statewide Parent Advocacy Network


  • Healthfirst NJ
  • NJ Division of Disability Services
  • Neighbours, Inc.

In Collaboration With:

  • Arab American Family Support Center
  • Arab American Heritage Commission
  • Arab American Institute
  • Arab American Medical Association
  • The Islamic Council of Jersey City
  • Mental Health Association in Passaic County
  • Montclair State University
    Modern Languages and Literatures/Arabic Program
  • Network of Arab American Professionals of NY
  • NJ Outreach Group
  • NJ Department of Law and Public Safety
    Division on Civil Rights
  • NY Arab American Comedy Festival
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