Cross-border Collaboration to Assist Individuals with Disabilities: Despite a Border Wall, a Common Goal Unites People

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Burris R. Duncan, MD
Francisco Trujillo
William Neubauer, MD
Heidi L. Pottinger, DrPH, MPH, MA



An informal needs assessment along the Mexico-United States border resulted in a cross-border organization; Arizona Sonora Border (ARSOBO) Projects for Inclusion, referred to colloquially on both sides of the border as ‘ARSOBO.’ Individuals with disabilities have been trained to construct high-quality, low-cost medical devices they themselves use, for others who need them. Cross-border resources emerged, enabling ARSOBO to grow and approach self-sufficiency.

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