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12th Annual Special Education & Transition Conference
Houston Community College - Northwest, Spring Branch Campus
1010 Sam Houston Pkwy, Houston, 77043
$30 Family Members; $15 Youth with disabilities, $50 Community Members
FREE to first 150 families/youth who pre-register. 
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Saturday, January 28
 

9:30am

The Critical Keys to Speaking Up for Your Child
Limited Capacity seats available

You as the parent have a lot of power within the IEP process if you are willing to use it.  A key to this power is finding your ally within the school who can give you the real scoop on what is going on.  This talk will focus on how to find and partner with this person and then maneuver around the obstacles to get the IEP and related services that your child needs.

Speakers
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Cynthia Singleton

AdvocateWell
Cynthia has had a front seat over the past decade to trends in special education and insurance policy for autism as a parent, stakeholder, and very active advocate in Texas and locally in Houston.  She has been an advocate for nearly 15 years.  She is a keen observer of legal trends impacting individuals with autism.  Her breadth of knowledge and dynamic presentation style allows her to describe how individual cases play out within... Read More →


Saturday January 28, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 603

9:30am

Transition from Pre-K to Kindergarten
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will focus on information that will help parents to ensure their young child makes a successful transition from preschool to kindergarten.  Information covered will include basic parent rights covered under special education laws, including pertinent "lingo"; how to request a full initial evaluation; and how to work with teachers to ensure a successful school experience by being an informed parent who is engaged and proactive in the educational process. 

Speakers
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Leigh Leslie

Educational Liaison, Center for Hearing & Speech
Leigh Leslie graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Disorders and a Master of Education degree from Lewis and Clark College. Ms. Leslie has a very broad cross-disability background and has worked with children and students of all ages, their teachers and other professionals, ensuring that children and young adults have increased opportunities to learn and live in inclusive communities. Ms. Leslie... Read More →


Saturday January 28, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 318

9:30am

Using Any Book to Teach Social Skills
Limited Capacity seats available

Everyday we are presented with social scenes and how we will react to them.  Will we modify our behavior to fit the social scene or will we overreact because we lack skills?  Students on the Autism Spectrum face decisions like this on a minute-by-minute bases.  How do you teach students on the Autism Spectrum these skills?  Literature, storybooks, and pictures books can help because teachers and students can investigate the characters and their social scenes to see when the characters have success and when they have failure.  Come and learn how to turn any picture book, literature, or storybook into a successful social skill teaching opportunity.  

Speakers
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April T Giauque, M.Ed

Texas School for Deaf - Access Program
April T Giauque has a Master’s in Special Education.  She is the mother of 9 children 5 of which have special needs: Autism and who are Deaf.  April is the author of the BASE: Building Advanced Social Education which is an interactive social skills curriculum, and she is a co-author of a second social skills curriculum Social Scene Investigation.  April is a former founding Parent and board member of a charter school... Read More →



Saturday January 28, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 312

9:30am

Why Does My Kid Do That?!!! Linking Behaviors, Reasons, and Interventions
Participants will learn the basic science of behavior, their functions, how to decrease problematic behaviors and teach replacement behaviors. Participants will also learn the difference between positive and negative reinforcement and be taught interventions for problem behaviors.

Speakers
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Adrienne B Thompson, M.Ed.

Behavioral Specialist, Katy Independent School District
Adrienne B. Thompson received her B.A. from Our Lady of the Lake University of San Antonio in Speech-Language Pathology. She has a M.Ed. from The University of St. Thomas in both Special Education and Educational Leadership. Adrienne has 26 years of experience in Special Education. She is currently a Behavior Specialist for Katy ISD. She supervises an Elementary Adaptive Behavior program, facilitates trainings for teachers and district... Read More →



Saturday January 28, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 316

9:30am

Physical Activity for People with Disabilities: Benefits and Practical Solutions
Limited Capacity seats available

Incorporating physical activity and exercise into a busy schedule is challenging. This presentation will emphasize the importance of exercise and provide an evidence based overview on the advantages of increased physical activity. We will also discuss ideas for increasing movement into the daily life of a person with a disability.

Speakers
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Leslie Gonzalez

Physical Therapist, The T.E.A.M. Approach
Leslie Gonzalez received her doctorate of physical therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 2014. She currently works as a Physical Therapist at the T.E.A.M. Approach. She also co-leads a social group at the T.E.A.M. Approach for teenagers and young-adults with special needs. Leslie is certified as a Basic D.I.R. Floortime Provider and as a Cure Duchenne Cares Physical Therapist. 


Saturday January 28, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 608

9:30am

Creating a Vision for the Future Starting Today
Limited Capacity seats available

Every one of us lives a life born of a trajectory.  Our lives today are influenced by the things we did in the past, the things we tried, the things we failed, the people we've known, etc.  Your child is also on a trajectory.  Where is your trajectory taking you/your child?  What baby steps can you take - TODAY - to influence a positive trajectory?  A meaningful life?  Let's talk about it.

Speakers
LG

Laura G. Buckner. M.Ed, LPC

Texas Center for Disability Studies & Institute for Person Centered Practices
Laura has 28 years experience in the disability field.  A Licensed Professional Counselor and former special educator, Laura has invested the last 15 years in providing training on the local, state and national levels.  She works with the Texas Center for Disabilities at The University of Texas in Austin and is a founding partner of the Institute for Person Centered Practices. Laura also coordinated the Texas Partners in Policymaking... Read More →


Saturday January 28, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 606

9:30am

ABLE Accounts: Protecting a Child's Financial Future
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will provide you with an up to the minute status of:            
  • The plan’s purpose            
  • How it works            
  • Who can and should use it – and why             
  • How to choose the ideal plan              
  • Strategies to maximize its use      
with plenty of Q & A time left over.  

Speakers
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Steven Rhatigan

Founder & Principal, The Archer Consulting Group
For more than 32 years, the Archer Consulting Group has worked to make this a better world for persons with unique lifetime care needs and their families. We partner with families to design, implement and manage plans that benefit our clients, give peace of mind and confidence to their caregivers and help them navigate life with confidence.


Saturday January 28, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 607

9:30am

Workforce Solutions VR Services Transition Services
Limited Capacity seats available

The best time to start preparing for adult responsibilities is while you are still in school.  If you have a disability, you can apply for vocational rehabilitation (VR) services to find out if you are eligible for assistance.  The goal of the Transition Program with TWS/VRS is to identify and begin working with students before they graduate so there isn't a delay in services once they leave school.  We usually work with students in their last two years of high school or beginning at age 14, depending on the student's individual needs and need for services to help them move from school to competitive employment or independent living in the community.  

Speakers
HM

Hamidi Morrow

Regional Program Specialist, TX Workforce Solutions VR Services
Presently, Hamidi serves as a Regional Program Specialist within the Houston Regional Office of the Division for Rehabilitation Services (DRS). He provides technical assistance to field program staff, consumers, employers, contractors, and community organizations. His specialty areas include Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services, Traumatic Spinal Cord & Brain Injuries, Veteran Support & Affairs, Workers Compensation, and Quality... Read More →


Saturday January 28, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 319

9:30am

Help Me Do It Myself: Skills Needed for Independence
Limited Capacity seats available

What skills does your child need to live as independently as possible?  We know that independence is fundamental for success, boosts confidence, reduces over-reliance on others, promotes happiness, increases sense of accomplishment and promotes better decision-making.  That sounds great but how do you know what skills you need to teach?  Then how do you teach them?  How do you know even where to  start?  This session will answer those questions as well as provide techniques and practical solutions on how you can work on skills naturally and as a part of your family activities.

Speakers
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Meagan Sumbera, Ph.D., MEd, BS

Center on Disability & Development at Texas A&M
Meagan Sumbera, Ph.D., MEd, BS  Associate Director at the Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M University. Previously the  Program Coordinator for the Postsecondary Access and Training in Human Services (PATHS) program.  Her research interests include access, equity, leadership development, program evaluation, experiential  learning opportunities, postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities... Read More →
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Lucinda Thelen M.Ed., CAPE

Center for Disability & Development at Texas A&M
Lucinda Thelen M.Ed., CAPE  Retired educator and currently working with the CDD at Texas A&M on their Purposeful Life Sessions.  Lucinda earned her M.Ed. from A&M in Educational Psychology with an emphasis on Low Incidence Disabilities.  Her teaching experiences include working with students with Autism, Adapted Physical Education, and as an adjunct professor at A&M.  In 2007, she was named Education Region... Read More →



Saturday January 28, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 605

9:30am

Guardianship and Alternatives
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
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James Soto

Soto Hernandez LLP
James E. Soto has dedicated his legal career to providing venue and a voice for the emergent Spanish-speaking community. Born in Venezuela to Mexican-American parents working in the Venezuelan oilfields, he understands the language and cultural challenges that many Spanish-speaking clients encounter. After graduating from LSU in Baton Rouge, he attended the University of Houston Law Center where he earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree. He... Read More →


Saturday January 28, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 313

11:00am

Surviving the Rollercoaster of Life With Autism
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
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Karen Jaggers, MS, NCC, LPC

Stokan Jaggers & Associates
Karen holds a masters in mental health counseling and is currently in the dissertation stage of my doctorate in clinical psychology. Karen is a Certified Autism Specialist (CAS) as well as a high conflict family mediator. | | Karen has gained a broad overview of knowledge as a parent of a 20 yr old son with autism and a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Karen has spoken at numerous conferences... Read More →


Saturday January 28, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 606

11:00am

My Child is Struggling with Learning: What Can I Do?
Limited Capacity seats available

It is common for parents to express concerns to physicians or educators about their child’s learning struggles only to hear “Let’s wait” or “They just need more time to catch up”.  Research supports the importance of early intervention and not a “wait and see” approach.   School districts have a legal obligation to find, identify and serve eligible children with disabilities from ages 3 to 21.  This presentation will provide a detailed explanation of the testing referral process, the school’s timelines and responsibility in the process, and tips for parents to push the process along.    

Speakers
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Brenda Nelson

Statewide Leadership Training Specialist, Partners Resource Network
Brenda Nelson is the parent of a teen with a disability. She has spent many years attending conferences, trainings, and working in a variety of jobs, as a parent and a professional, which has increased her knowledge of special education and related topics. She is passionate about sharing her experiences with other parents to educate and encourage them to be effective advocates for their children. She is currently on staff with the state's... Read More →



Saturday January 28, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 603

11:00am

Navigating the Special Education Maze
Limited Capacity seats available

The world of special of special confuses most parents as it has its own set of rules and lingo.   This presentation demystifies the process and breaks it down in a more user friendly manner.

Speakers
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Louis Geigerman

National ARD/IEP Advocates
Mr. Louis H. Geigerman has been a professional advocate since 1995 when he founded National ARD/IEP Advocates. In late 2006 he founded College Disability Advocates in order to assist college students with special needs in acquiring reasonable accommodations from their educational institutions. In the fall of 2007 he became a part-time paralegal with the Philpot Law Office, P.C. He has logged over 1250 hours in IEP and Section 504 meetings and... Read More →


Saturday January 28, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 608

11:00am

Panel Discussion: Making Inclusion Work
Limited Capacity seats available

You can make inclusion work for students with disabilities - even the most significant.  Come learn from parents who made it happen successfully!   Panel members will include parents with children with the following disabilities:
Significant physical disability
Non verbal
Autism
Intellectual Disability
YES - INCLUSION IS POSSIBLE FOR EVERYONE!!! 


 

Saturday January 28, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 318

11:00am

Using Any Book to Teach Social Skills (repeat of session 1)
Limited Capacity seats available

Everyday we are presented with social scenes and how we will react to them.  Will we modify our behavior to fit the social scene or will we overreact because we lack skills?  Students on the Autism Spectrum face decisions like this on a minute-by-minute bases.  How do you teach students on the Autism Spectrum these skills?  Literature, storybooks, and pictures books can help because teachers and students can investigate the characters and their social scenes to see when the characters have success and when they have failure.  Come and learn how to turn any picture book, literature, or storybook into a successful social skill teaching opportunity.  

Speakers
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April T Giauque, M.Ed

Texas School for Deaf - Access Program
April T Giauque has a Master’s in Special Education.  She is the mother of 9 children 5 of which have special needs: Autism and who are Deaf.  April is the author of the BASE: Building Advanced Social Education which is an interactive social skills curriculum, and she is a co-author of a second social skills curriculum Social Scene Investigation.  April is a former founding Parent and board member of a charter school... Read More →



Saturday January 28, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 312

11:00am

ABLE Accounts: Protecting a Child's Financial Future (repeat of Session 1)
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will provide you with an up to the minute status of:            
  • The plan’s purpose            
  • How it works            
  • Who can and should use it – and why             
  • How to choose the ideal plan              
  • Strategies to maximize its use      
with plenty of Q & A time left over. 

Speakers
SR

Steven Rhatigan

Founder & Principal, The Archer Consulting Group
For more than 32 years, the Archer Consulting Group has worked to make this a better world for persons with unique lifetime care needs and their families. We partner with families to design, implement and manage plans that benefit our clients, give peace of mind and confidence to their caregivers and help them navigate life with confidence.


Saturday January 28, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 607

11:00am

Workforce Solutions VR Services Transition Services (repeat of Session 1)
Limited Capacity seats available

The best time to start preparing for adult responsibilities is while you are still in school.  If you have a disability, you can apply for vocational rehabilitation (VR) services to find out if you are eligible for assistance.  The goal of the Transition Program with TWS/VRS is to identify and begin working with students before they graduate so there isn't a delay in services once they leave school.  We usually work with students in their last two years of high school or beginning at age 14, depending on the student's individual needs and need for services to help them move from school to competitive employment or independent living in the community.  

Speakers
HM

Hamidi Morrow

Regional Program Specialist, TX Workforce Solutions VR Services
Presently, Hamidi serves as a Regional Program Specialist within the Houston Regional Office of the Division for Rehabilitation Services (DRS). He provides technical assistance to field program staff, consumers, employers, contractors, and community organizations. His specialty areas include Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services, Traumatic Spinal Cord & Brain Injuries, Veteran Support & Affairs, Workers Compensation, and Quality... Read More →


Saturday January 28, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 319

11:00am

Yes WORK is the Goal: Understanding SSA Benefits and Work Incentives
Limited Capacity seats available

Youth and adults with disabilities have some of the highest levels of unemployment and poverty in America. The Social Security Administration reports that many young people with disabilities who enter their rolls are likely to remain on the programs for the rest of their lives. Youth and their families need information and tools to become self-sufficient, productive participants in their communities. The federal benefit system is complex and families are often fearful of losing the benefits they have. However, well-educated families can make better decisions that can promote their family member working in the community.This session will assist family members and self advocates to become knowledgeable on Social Security and health insurance benefits; the impact of working on benefits; and work incentives available in order to make well-informed decisions about their student working in a community-based competitive-wage job after graduation.  

Speakers
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Michelle Howard-Herbein, MSW

Executive Director, The Arc of Greater Houston
Michelle Howard-Herbein, MSW, Executive Director of The Arc of Greater Houston. Ms. Howard-Herbein has over 30 years of experience in direct service and management of not for profit community-based services for persons with disabilities. She has provided consultation and presented nationally on supported employment, management of community-based services, person-centered planning, organizational change, team building, and community connections... Read More →



Saturday January 28, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 313

11:00am

Personal Networks: Enriching Life Now and in the Future
Limited Capacity seats available

Personal networks provide a structure of on-going support for a person with a disability during the course of that person’s life, even after their parents are unable to care for them.  Personal networks create a community of people around a person with a disability, expanding the number of caring people in that person's life.  Personal networks help people with disabilities explore their interests and abilities so they can enjoy them with other people.  Come learn more about personal networks, hear experiences from other parents and network members, and learn how to develop a personal network for your son or daughter!

Speakers
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Denise Sonleitner

Texas Parent to Parent
Denise lives in Austin with her husband Steve and two kids, Ava and Maverick.  Maverick, now 20, has a diagnosis of Angelman Syndrome.  In early 2010, Maverick’s family, friends, and other kind & loving volunteers set up a personal network for Maverick, known as 'MavMen.'   Over the last few years, Denise and Rosemary Alexander have worked with Texas Parent to Parent to develop a state-wide program to help people with... Read More →



Saturday January 28, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 316

11:00am

Considering College Success: What Do We Need to Know?
Limited Capacity seats available

Exploring considerations and strategies for students thinking about college experiences. What we should know, and what we should do.

Speakers
KH

Ken Hosto

Executive Director, Chapel Haven
Ken Hosto is the Executive Director of Chapel Haven West in Tucson, Arizona. Ken joined the Chapel Haven team in 2008 when Chapel Haven West opened their doors in Tucson. | Ken has a B.S. in Human Services with an emphasis on case management, and he earned his Master’s degree in Special Education with a focus on autism from the University of Arizona in 2008. Ken is currently completing his second Master’s degree with the University of... Read More →



Saturday January 28, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 605

12:30pm

Special Education 102: The ARD (IEP) Document
Limited Capacity seats available

Components of the ARD (IEP) document will be discussed.  Attendees will learn the different parts of the ARD document.  

Speakers
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Samantha Davis

Davis Advocates
Samantha Davis is a non-attorney special education advocate and founder of Davis Advocates. She has over 15 years experience in special education advocacy with the last 5 of those as a professional advocate. She has attended dozens of ARD and Section 504 meetings and has advocated for 50 families in the past three years alone. Samantha is a member of COPAA and is active in several local support groups. She believes that the more knowledge... Read More →


Saturday January 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 608

12:30pm

Ask Family to Family Network: Open Q&A Session
Limited Capacity seats available

This will be an informal opportunity to come and ask questions of the staff about a variety of issues:
ARD/IEP Process
Transition (all stages)
Medicaid Waivers 
Social Security (what we know) 

Saturday January 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 318

12:30pm

Monarch Model of Therapeutic Education
Limited Capacity seats available

The Monarch School and Institute provides an innovative therapeutic education for students with neurological differences. The school was founded on providing a holistic education focusing on four core goals of self-awareness&self-regulation,executive functioning, relationship development, and academic competence.  These four core goals were worked on throughout the various programs based on a developmental level system.  In the beginning the school was begun as a small laboratory school but over the years has developed into a multi-faceted institute.  In order to stay innovative the actual practices related to this 4 core goal scope and leveled sequence have evolved through research and applied experience.  However, there are core practices that have been crystallized as best practices for our model of  therapeutic education.  These practices are being further developed to be scaffold-ed across our level system.  Part of our mission is not only to develop a model therapeutic school  but also to share these practices with the larger community.  Many of these practices can be modified and generalized to other school settings.    

Speakers
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Scott Nipper M.Ed., BCBA

The Monarch School and Institute
Scott Nipper has worked as a public and private special education teacher, behavior analyst, integrated learning practice team member, and program director. He has a masters degree in special education and is a board certified behavior analyst.
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Emily Van Laan, LMSW

The Monarch School and Institute
Emily Van Laan is also a former teacher and current member of the integrated learning practice team. She has a masters degree in social work and is a licensed social worker.
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Ashley Forester, M.Ed. LPC

The Monarch School and Institute
Ashley Forester has been a teacher and current member of the integrated learning practice team. She has a masters degree in counseling and is a licensed professional counselor.


Saturday January 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 607

12:30pm

My Child has Behavior & Social Challenges: What is the School's Responsibility
Limited Capacity seats available

Educational need includes functional challenges such as behavior and social skills, not just academics.  This presentation will take an in-depth look at supports and services, for students with disabilities, which address functional needs and how to address those needs through the ARD process.  We will also discuss steps parents can take when student behavior results in alternative disciplinary placement, and the issue of staff training regarding discipline of students with disabilities.  

Speakers
BN

Brenda Nelson

Statewide Leadership Training Specialist, Partners Resource Network
Brenda Nelson is the parent of a teen with a disability. She has spent many years attending conferences, trainings, and working in a variety of jobs, as a parent and a professional, which has increased her knowledge of special education and related topics. She is passionate about sharing her experiences with other parents to educate and encourage them to be effective advocates for their children. She is currently on staff with the state's... Read More →



Saturday January 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 603

12:30pm

Creating a Vision for the Future Starting Today (repeat from session 1)
Limited Capacity seats available

Every one of us lives a life born of a trajectory.  Our lives today are influenced by the things we did in the past, the things we tried, the things we failed, the people we've known, etc.  Your child is also on a trajectory.  Where is your trajectory taking you/your child?  What baby steps can you take - TODAY - to influence a positive trajectory?  A meaningful life?  Let's talk about it.

Speakers
LG

Laura G. Buckner. M.Ed, LPC

Texas Center for Disability Studies & Institute for Person Centered Practices
Laura has 28 years experience in the disability field.  A Licensed Professional Counselor and former special educator, Laura has invested the last 15 years in providing training on the local, state and national levels.  She works with the Texas Center for Disabilities at The University of Texas in Austin and is a founding partner of the Institute for Person Centered Practices. Laura also coordinated the Texas Partners in Policymaking... Read More →


Saturday January 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 606

12:30pm

10 Minutes for talking: Practical Parent Implemented Activities for Increasing Speech, Language, and Communication Skills at Home.
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn practical strategies for increasing communication, speech and language skills at home. Parents/ caregivers will assess their skills as communication partners, learn strategies to make communication worthwhile and most importantly, fun!

Speakers
KW

Katy West, CCC-SLP

Katy is a Speech Language Pathologist with 15 years of clinical experience in a variety of school settings. She currently works in private practice specializing in early intervention. Her son, JP, has Down Syndrome, and has helped deepen her understanding that sometimes parents really just don't have time for homework!



Saturday January 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 312

12:30pm

Personal Networks: Enriching Life Now and in the Future (repeat of session 2)
Limited Capacity seats available

Personal networks provide a structure of on-going support for a person with a disability during the course of that person’s life, even after their parents are unable to care for them.  Personal networks create a community of people around a person with a disability, expanding the number of caring people in that person's life.  Personal networks help people with disabilities explore their interests and abilities so they can enjoy them with other people.  Come learn more about personal networks, hear experiences from other parents and network members, and learn how to develop a personal network for your son or daughter!

Speakers
DS

Denise Sonleitner

Texas Parent to Parent
Denise lives in Austin with her husband Steve and two kids, Ava and Maverick.  Maverick, now 20, has a diagnosis of Angelman Syndrome.  In early 2010, Maverick’s family, friends, and other kind & loving volunteers set up a personal network for Maverick, known as 'MavMen.'   Over the last few years, Denise and Rosemary Alexander have worked with Texas Parent to Parent to develop a state-wide program to help people with... Read More →



Saturday January 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 316

12:30pm

Employability: Transitioning from High School to the Workforce
Limited Capacity seats available

Our Employability Program provides professional leadership to Members who are seeking a path to gainful and meaningful employment. In order to achieve success, our goal is to harness the energy and develop the skills of neurologically different Members and provide the support and training for each to achieve success within their own potential. HUB staff is responsible for setting appropriate expectations for each Member based on individual skill levels; will strive to deliver the developmental tools along with opportunities for Competitive Employability throughout all industries; and will respect and honor all Members’ wants, needs, and dreams. Once this process has set the foundation for movement towards employment, we work with Members to provide support services. These services include weekly Employability Training classes; Resume Writing classes; Job Search; Career Building; Assistance in completing applications; and, Best Practices Interview Skills. Our objectives are to assist our Members in preparing, researching and ultimately interviewing for and securing a job. Success is achieved when our Members are employed and are able to retain the position. Measurable outcomes include tracking longevity at a job, relationships within the workplace, confidence and pride of a job well done, and positive feedback from the employer.  

Speakers
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Adrienne Thorp

The HUB Houston
Adrienne Thorp, Employability Specialist, The HUB Houston - was born and reared in Texas. She relocated to Salt Lake City, Utah where she attended the University of Utah graduating with a B.S. in Sociology and Criminology. While in college she received training in ABA and worked on an Autism Research project for 2 years. Also, during high school and college, she was a caregiver for a young boy with autism. She has spent the last 12 years of her... Read More →


Saturday January 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 313

12:30pm

Moving Out and Making It: Life After High School
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop gives an experienced look at the transition process after high school. What are the options for special needs students after high school? What does independence mean? How is it determined, assessed and measured? How can families maximize the high school years to prepare for transition? How can the IEP process support a good next step? We will discuss the difference in settings between high school and the transition. We also will explore what to look for in the “program/student” match. What program components and qualities are distinctive benchmarks to a positive experience? What should students and their families look for before, during and after they make a campus visit? Special needs areas to be addressed include autism, cognitive/intellectual disabilities and social disabilities including high functioning autism, PDD-NOS, and Asperger Syndrome. 

Speakers
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Catherine Sullivan-DeCarlo

VP of Admissions, Chapel Haven
Catherine Sullivan-DeCarlo is vice president of admissions and marketing at Chapel Haven, one of the country’s oldest and most successful transitional programs for adults with cognitive and social disabilities. Catherine oversees the admissions process for all three of Chapel Haven’s core residential programs - REACH, the Asperger Syndrome Adult Transition (both in New Haven, Conn., where Chapel Haven was founded) and Chapel Haven West... Read More →


Saturday January 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 605

12:30pm

Guardianship and Supported Decision Making
Limited Capacity seats available

Presentation will address why and when might you consider obtaining guardianship over your adult child with special needs, the process of obtaining guardianship, and alternatives to guardianship, including the Supported Decision Making Agreement

Speakers
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Lisa Wilson

Attorney, Hayes & Wilson
Lisa Wilson is an attorney in private practice in Houston, Texas. Her practice focuses on Estate Planning, Probate, and Guardianship, with a special emphasis on special needs planning. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, and of the University of Houston Law Center.


Saturday January 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 319