Students from UA and ASU to Participate in Inaugural `Interprofessional Disabilities Exercise' at UA Student Union Nov. 9

students will work together on the cases of two real patients
More than 340 students from The University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, Law, and the Arizona State University School of Social Work will gather at the UA Student Union Memorial Center on Friday, Nov. 9, 1:15 to 4:30 p.m., to address issues surrounding people with disabilities.

During the inaugural Interprofessional Disabilities Exercise, which will take place in the Student Union Grand Ballroom (third floor), students will work together on the cases of two real patients. Forced to turn to each other to solve the problems posed, students will learn the value of tapping each other's expertise. The event is sponsored by the UA College of Medicine and the Arizona Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Michael Rembis, PhD, director of the UA Disability Studies Initiative, will deliver Friday's keynote address at 1:30 p.m. Dr. Rembis also is affiliated with the University Center of Excellence for Developmental Disabilities and the Department of History.

Early in their professional educations, these students are learning the effectiveness of working with practitioners from other fields. People with disabilities face many challenges, and they need professionals who work well together. The budding nurses, doctors, pharmacists, lawyers, policy-makers and social workers will hear firsthand of William's and Laura's frustrations and triumphs. "Firsthand," because at the end of the afternoon, William and Laura will appear in person to address the group and answer questions.

The Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) is providing support for the Interprofessional Disabilities Exercise. As Arizona's state planning council for people with developmental disabilities, its mission is to work for individuals to promote independence, choice and the ability of all individuals to pursue their own dreams. One way they do this is to see that health care students have the information they need to provide competent and caring health services to people with developmental disabilities.

Arizona's future health care providers and legal advocates will head into this three-day weekend with a greater understanding of the complexities and challenges of living with a disability-something many Arizonans must deal with every day of their lives.

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: News media is invited to cover this event.