Join us for a very special  conference! July 23 – 25, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch.

AzTAP’s parent organization, the Institute for Human Development (IHD) at Northern Arizona University is celebrating 50 years of accomplishments in disability related education, research, practice and community service. In recognition of this “golden” anniversary and its legacy of providing access to best practices in disability disciplines, IHD is sponsoring an educational mega event, “50 Years of Service – Paving the Way to the Future”, combining its project area conferences into a single conference with three distinct content area tracts. 60+ breakout sessions will be offered across all three content area tracks. Attendees must register for a primary content area, but can attend any session of interest. (Click on the titles below to see a listing of the presentations in each track.)

Assistive Technology

  • 41 Concurrent sessions covering a broad range of assistive technology topics
  • Dynamic Opening and Closing Speakers (Dave Edyburn and Jamie Goldman Marseilles)
  • AT Expertise from experienced presenters
  • Expansive Exhibit Hall (Open to the community free of charge, Monday afternoon only, July 24 from 1:30 – 6:00 p.m.)
  • Free raffle tickets for our drawings

 Evidence Based Practice in Disability Disciplines

This year, the EBP track will have separate focus areas for employment, literacy and community living.  With the changes that have occurred in our state due to the passage of WIOA, and the critical importance of evidence-based literacy interventions for our students including those with developmental and intellectual disabilities, the conference offers a robust agenda to satisfy professionals in the fields of employment, rehabilitation, education and developmental disabilities.

American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation (AIVRTTAC)

Now more than ever the American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS) Programs continue to exist in order to address the need to prepare tribal members with disabilities for gainful employment. The American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Training and Technical Assistance Center (AIVRTTAC) at NAU-IHD has been established to meet the expressed needs of the AIVRS programs to improve program capacity and increase successful tribal consumers’ employment outcomes. The theme of this content area track is The Fire Keepers and sessions will explore:

  • Tradition and Ceremony: American Indian Opening Prayer and Smudge Ceremony
  • The AIVRS Creation Story: A Disability Movement Begins
  • All My Relations: The Importance of Tribal, State, and Federal Partnerships
  • Strengthening the VR Circle of Resilience: Addressing the Challenges of Today and Tomorrow Through Innovation and Change – Through Innovative Tribal Nation Building.

CEUs: Attendees can earn up to 19 hours of CEUs. Learn more.

Hotel Rooms: Click here to learn more about the special discounted hotel room rates for conference attendees.

Registration Fees: Click here to learn more about our reasonable conference registration fees and EARLY BIRD discounts, or register now by clicking on the button below:

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Hyatt Pool

Pool at Scottsdale Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch



Our 16th Annual Assistive Technology Summer Conference at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch was a huge success.  The feedback about our sessions and speakers was overwhelming positive and the Hyatt’s luxury resort environment and attentive staff made it a truly enjoyable experience for everyone who attended:

  • “I enjoyed the opening & closing speakers, vendor hall and many of the individual sessions. Overall this conference was spectacular and offered at such a reasonable cost.”
  • “All of it was GRAND, from location to materials available to take back with me – to the food – Excellent”
  • “The diversity of presenters – my inspiration was reignited by a team that brought a student sharing his experience.”
  • “The presenters were very enthusiastic and had wonderful philosophy/sense about what is most important for people who have disabilities (empowerment).”

Conference General Session

 Exhibit Hall