Standing, LR: Dr. Laurence Alegría, Robert Guerrero, Aissa Acuna, Nicolette Dent, and Claudia Velasco.
Front Row: Gabriel Zepeda and a colleague.

Members of the Arizona Border Community (ABC) Health Network/Consejos Bi-nacionales de Salud, Ambos Nogales, (COBINA) paid a visit to the Arizona Sonora Border Project facilities (ARSOBO,) in Nogales, Sonora, to learn about the ground breaking cross-border initiative that provides training, jobs and assistive technology to the border region’s disabled population. Invited by ARSOBO Board member, Dr. William Neubauer, to tour the facility on August 27th, 2015, the new COBINA Co-Chairs Claudia Velasco, (SEAHEC) Nogales, Arizona, and Dr. Laurence Alegría (ISSSTE) Nogales, Sonora, led a delegation that included Robert Guerrero, Arizona’s Chief Office of Border Health, Nicolette Dent, and Aissa Acuña, COBINA secretary.

ARSOBO is a “not-for-profit, non-governmental organization focused on alleviating the physical, psychological, and economic barriers faced by individuals with disabilities.” Founded in 2008 as a result of the first Border Conference on Disabilities sponsored by the University Centers for Excellence in Disabilities Education, Reasearch and Service (USEDD) ARSOBO provides “high-tech, low-cost medical devices such as wheelchairs, hearing aids and prosthetics, to help minimized their disability.” One of ARSOBO’s key accomplishments is the development of an all-terrain wheel chair. Francisco J. Trujillo, of Nogales, Sonora, runs the program. For more information about ARSOBO or to make a contribution, please visit their website: visit their