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3 CEUs (no ethics) available for social workers/licensed professional counselors

3 CPE credits for educators

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Saturday, January 27

9:30am CST

The Texas ABLE Program
Limited Capacity seats available

The Texas ABLE Program was created by the state to encourage and assist individuals and families to save and pay for disability-related expenses to maintain an eligible individual’s health, independence and quality of life. The Texas ABLE Program allow eligible individuals with disabilities to create tax advantages ABLE accounts- to save funds up to $14,000 per year for disability-related expenses without losing eligibility under Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Medicaid and certain other means-tested public benefits.


Linda Fernandez

Texas Comptrollers Office

Anna Mallett

Texas Comptroller's Office
will provide at later date

Saturday January 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am CST
Room 605

11:00am CST

Life after 18
Limited Capacity seats available

Estate Planning, guardianship, surrogate decision making agreements and Able Act. These are just a few of the topics which will be discussed . Along with a question and answer session. Kim has been servicing the population for 20 years with her expertise in these areas.


Kimberly Hegwood

Owner, Attorney, Hegwood Law Group
Kim Hegwood knows the importance of establishing a legacy for you and your loved ones. Seeing her grandparents struggle with the ins-and-outs of Social Security, estate and protection planning, elder law and other bureaucracies associated with the aging process, Kim experienced first-hand... Read More →

Saturday January 27, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Room 605

12:30pm CST

Guardianship Reforms: A legal explanation to self-determination in the real world
Limited Capacity seats available

This training will focus on alternatives to guardianship such as supported decision-making and supports and services which could be utilized to avoid the necessity of a guardianship. To prepare students with disabilities for supported decision-making and other alternatives to guardianship, educational programs must be developed to help students maximize their self-determination and engage in meaningful decision-making. The presentation will include: 1) An overview of guardianship reforms in Texas and nationally, self-determination and supported decision-making as an alternative to guardianship including the means to avoid the necessity of obtaining a guardianship for persons with disabilities and its ability to enhance the self-determination and independence of persons with disabilities; 2) The necessity of developing individual education plans designed to train students with disabilities on self-determination and decision-making as part of transition services; and 3) Recommendations on how alternatives to guardianship can be incorporated into transition planning including access to supports and services.


Jeffrey Miller, JD

Policy Specialist, Disability Rights Texas
Jeffrey S. Miller, JD Jeff has held various policy related positions at Disability Rights Texas (DRTx) starting in 2006, including work in the areas of health care access, community integration, and special education. He is currently a Policy Specialist focusing various issues including... Read More →

Saturday January 27, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm CST
Room 605