ARSOBO  TRAINS AND EMPLOYS individuals with disabilities to construct medical equipment they NEED AND USE

OUR PROJECTS

WHEELCHAIRS
Wheelchair

11 Million

As of 2010, the population of
MEXICO was 112.3 million.
It is estimated that 1% of the population
is in need of a wheelchair
(approx. 11 million)

The ARSOBO workshop trains and employs individuals with disabilities to construct durable regular and customized “rough terrain” wheelchairs.

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PROSTHETICS/ORTHOTICS
PROSTHETICS

786,100

Approximately 786,100 amputees live in
northern Mexico and of those 18,600 live in
SONORA. Access to prosthetic devices is very
limited and cost-prohibitive.

The “ARSOBO Prosthetic Workshop & Clinic” in collaboration with the HANGER Corporation fabricates prosthetics & orthotics. HANGER Corporation’s skilled technicians train & support ARSOBO employees to implement this program.

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HEARING HEALTH
hearing-aid

630,000

Mexico’s National Statistics Institute states
that approximately 630,000 Mexicans out of
112.3 million people have serious hearing problems.

The “ARSOBO Hearing-Health Workshop” trains and employs hearing impaired individuals to assemble solar-powered hearing aid battery rechargers packaged with high-quality low-cost hearing aids.

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OUR PARTNERS

ARSOBO  developed Cross Border Public Private Partnerships & Networks to support its mission and vision.

Public-Academic

1 ICMexico
2 DIF Nogales
3 CECATI
U of A Arizona Sonoran UCEDD
U of A College Of Public Health
U of A Disability Resource Center
U of A Eller College Of Management
U of A Family Community Medicine
UofA Speech Language & Hearing Science

Private

1 PINSA
2 Hanger
3 Hear The World
4 Rotary International
5 FESAC
6 Arizona-Mexico Commission
7 Border Community Alliance
8 Javid de Mexico
9 La Roca el Balcon
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WHO WE ARE

MISSION

ARSOBO assists in alleviating the physical, psychological, and economic barriers faced by individuals with disabilities by providing appropriate, adaptive-technology, low-cost, assisted devices that improve access and participation in their communities.”

BEGINNINGS

ARSOBO is a non-govenmental organization (NGO) registered in Mexico and a direct result of the first BORDER CONFERENCE ON DISABILITIES held in Nogales, Sonora, 2008 and sponsored by the Sonoran UCEDD (University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities) at the University of Arizona and DIF (Desarrollo Integral de la Familia) held in Nogales, Sonora, 2008.

ARSOBO IS A UNIQUE ORGANIZATION

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PROGRAM RESULTS

IMPROVED US/MEXICO BORDER RELATIONS
The cooperative collaboration between ALL partners (including LOCAL COMMUNITIES)
contributes to improved US/MEXICO border relationships

program results

DIRECT BENEFITS:

  • Expanded the network to 18 Cross-Border partners
  • Established a wheelchair factory in Nogales MX
  • Obtained 4,200 sq. feet of rent-free space
  • Contibuted to the local economy by outsourcing
    services & purchasing materials
  • As of August 2014, constructed 105 all-terrain
    wheelchairs (1/3 were customized)
  • Employed two wheelchair riders & one
    prosthetic user
  • As of August 2014, the Hanger Corporation conducted 7 bi-monthly prosthetic clinics in Nogales
  • The Hanger Corporation is training one
    Arsobo employee
  • As of August 2014, 68 individuals now have a
    prosthetic limb and are able to function better in society

INDIRECT BENEFITS:

HEALTH:

  • Access to low-cost, high-quality medical devices
  • Improved self esteem

EDUCATION:

  • Access to school
  • Access to skills training
  • Involve university students in border projects
  • Increase local community awareness of disabilities

LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:

  • Access to employment

ENVIRONMENT:

  • Rechargable hearing aid batteries is an ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY alternative
  • Recyle components of conventional wheelchairs & prosthetics.

Help Us

You can help ARSOBO projects by making a tax-deductible donation.

You will receive a receipt for your donation from the Little Chapel of All Nations, 1052 N Highland Ave, Tucson, AZ 85721, our sponsoring non-profit agency. If you have any questions about the process, please feel free to contact us.

Contact Us

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Mexico Contact Form