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Statewide Provider Mtg
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Focus On: Dine Bii Assc.
Fun at Camp Civitan
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by Gina Judy,  
Chief Adm Off, PPEP, Inc. & AAPPD District 5 Vice Chair



     Gina Judy


It was exciting to hear DD representative, Deb Petersen, ask providers about the idea of a statewide provider meeting at the General AAPPD Meeting a couple of weeks ago!

I believe this could be a good way for providers to obtain clarification on things that might be interpreted differently in different districts. 


For example, in some areas providers are discouraged from administering an EpiPen because it is an injection that requires medical personnel to administer. 


Click here to read the rest of Gina's blog post and make comments of your own if you'd like. 



  What's Happening


Have you checked out the new AAPPD website yet?  It features a calendar page where your organization's events can be posted. 


Just send your items to [email protected].  See who's having activities this month and in the weeks ahead.


Are you into social media?  If so, be sure to join our communities on Twitter and Facebook. 


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May 2012 
Reaches Out to Navajo, Hopi and Pauite Tribe Members


monument valleySince 1974, the Dine Bii Association for Disabled Citizens (DADC) has served Native American individuals with developmental disabilities and their family members.  The private, non-profit organization exclusively assists those individuals with special needs, ranging from infant to adulthood, who are members of the Navajo, Hopi and Pauite Indian Tribes.  


Edith Widefoot-Billie is currently the executive director of the organization, which has its administrative office in Kerley Valley, Tuba City and a sub-office in Kayenta.  DADC is governed by four Board of Directors who are dedicated to leading the organization in its mission.


"We are a caring, family-oriented and community organization with Native American emphasis.  We provide quality-individualized services to meet the specialized needs of the individuals we serve.  We are dedicated to assist individuals in realizing their fullest potentials."


Based upon individualized needs determined by a team of professionals, specialized services are provided on a one-on-one basis.  Community Residential Setting-Habilitations, Day Program for Adults, After-School Program and Day Program for Children and Vocational Rehabilitation services are available in Tuba City, Kayenta, and Pinon.  navajo_hopi image


Home Community Based Services, Respite, Habilitation Support, Attendant Care, Housekeeping, and Transportation are available throughout the Navajo Nation.  There is also a Print Shop in Tuba City.  


Through a viable network of local, community and state resources, residents receive specialized, appropriate, and quality care.  By combining external support with Traditional Medicine, the entire individual is recognized in providing optimal health and well-being.
A member of AAPPD for more than ten years, Dine Bii representatives have the explicit distinction of traveling the furthest when they drive into Phoenix for organization meetings from the northeastern corner of the state. They provide very thoughtful input about the special challenges of service delivery in some of the most remote areas of Arizona.
For more information, visit the website at
Let's go have fun at Camp Civitan!
civitan foundation logoWhen the triple digits hit the Grand Canyon State, it's time to head to the cool pines of Williams in northern Arizona.  There you will find the Civitan Foundation's longest-running and most-beloved program, Camp Civitan.
A 15-acre, wheelchair accessible facility for developmentally disabled children and adults, Camp Civitan offers week-long sessions throughout the summer, and weekend adventures the rest of the year. 
"We are able to provide to this targeted population a chance to play and learn together," explains Dawn Trapp, Executive Director of Civitan Foundation, Inc. "They can enjoy the great Arizona outdoors, while allowing a much needed respite for their caregivers and families."
According to Dawn, the camp programs offer participants a variety of enriching and fun experiences that promote positive self-esteem and expression, teamwork, socialization, and healthy activities.  They include adaptive educational and physical activities, field trips, arts and crafts, nutrition classes, gross and fine motor skill training, and peer socialization.GC trail
"Last year, our trips included the Grand Canyon, Cardinals Training Camp, and Mountain Water Tubing," continues Dawn. She spent nearly 20 years in the travel industry before being introduced to the international service club organization, Civitan, whose special emphasis is helping those with developmental disabilities (DD).  In 2003, she became executive director of this Phoenix-based non-profit.
The fun doesn't stop when the sun goes down. Nighttime activities include campfires, barbeques, skit nights, storytime, carnival night, karaoke, and hay rides.
"Our campers light up with joy and excitement on each new adventure," says Dawn who explains that the camp activities are uniquely designed to meet the individual special needs of each camper.  "Our staff members are not only highly trained and experienced in serving individuals with DD, they are also very caring."
Betsy & KelseyDawn adds that she is always looking for Direct Care Providers to add to the team of camp staff, and encourages those who are interested in creating memorable moments for the clients to contact her by email or check out the website at
Civitan Foundation, Inc. - Promoting lifelong fun adventures for the developmentally disabled since 1968.  Call 602-953-2944.