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FREE registration available to first 150 family members/youth with disabilities that pre-register

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

An Innovative Social Skills and Sex Education Curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

Several years ago we were asked to create an innovative curriculum on sex education and relationships for people with all types of disabilities by The Arc of Blair County (PA) due to the increasing risk of individuals to go to jail for sexual behaviors and of being victimized. This curriculum was written and has seen significant positive results. This curriculum is unlike anything else out there and can help people throughout the lifespan. This session will talk about puberty, sexual expression, relationships, rights, and how to reduce sexually inappropriate behaviors. This will be an interactive presentation going over different ways to present information to individuals and why it's so important. Participants will leave with some tools that they can take back to use in family homes, group homes, and day programs, as well as knowledge of this exciting curriculum.

Speakers
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Brandon Delgado, M.A.

Licensed Psychological Associate, Michelle Garcia, Psy.D. & Associates, PLLC
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Michelle Garcia, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist, Michelle Garcia, Psy.D. & Associates, PLLC
Dr. Michelle Garcia is a Psychologist with many years of experience working with individuals of all ages and a wide variety of diagnoses. She, as well as her practice, provide Psychological and Neuropsychological testing, consultation, behavioral intervention, and trainings. The unique... Read More →


Saturday January 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 611

9:30am

Yes Work is The Goal: Understanding SSA Work Incentives
Limited Capacity seats available

In this easy to understand/"tell it like it is" presentation, family members and self advocates will be 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 working in a community-based competitive-wage job after graduation. The trainer is a credentialed WISA.

Speakers
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Michelle Howard-Herbein

Executive Director, The Arc of Greater Houston
Michelle Howard-Herbein, Executive Director, The Arc of Greater Houston, holds an MSW from Indiana University. She has over 30 years of experience in managing community-based organizations for persons with disabilities in Indiana, Virginia, and Texas. She regularly provides training... Read More →


Saturday January 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 602

11:00am

CANCELLED - Then and Now
Limited Capacity seats available

We will be talking about our lives---then and how it is now. We were both institutionalized for many years. Roger, from age 12, in a San Antonio State School, and Candi from age 8 in Port Arthur, Texas. Then came a number of Group Homes until finally, freedom: Candi in 2004 and Roger 2016. We both now are under the Consumer Directed Services program and live in our own home and hire our own staff. Combined with new technology, our worlds have opened to living life to the fullest!

Speakers
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Roger Williamson

Self Advocate, Self Advocate
Roger is a graduate of Partners in Policy Making, an advocacy program for parents who have children with disabilities and self-advocates. He has presented at functions to share his story in an effort to help others deeply understand the impact of living with disability.
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Candi Yarbrough

Self Advocate, Self Advocate
Candi Yarbrough is a self-advocate, attended college, and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, International Honor Society for two year students. She is a graduate of Partners in Policy Making, an advocacy program for parents who have children with disabilities and self-advocates. She... Read More →


Saturday January 27, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 210

11:00am

Yes Work is The Goal: Understanding SSA Work Incentives
Limited Capacity seats available

In this easy to understand/"tell it like it is" presentation, family members and self advocates will be 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 working in a community-based competitive-wage job after graduation. The trainer is a credentialed WISA.

Speakers
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Michelle Howard-Herbein

Executive Director, The Arc of Greater Houston
Michelle Howard-Herbein, Executive Director, The Arc of Greater Houston, holds an MSW from Indiana University. She has over 30 years of experience in managing community-based organizations for persons with disabilities in Indiana, Virginia, and Texas. She regularly provides training... Read More →


Saturday January 27, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 602

12:30pm

An Immersive Approach to Transition - Elevating and Managing Stress for Better Results
Limited Capacity seats available

Transition is too often defined as a series of tasks rather than an organic whole. Immersion strategies help to build a more functional skill set while increasing transferable experiences.

Speakers
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Scott Adams

Co-Founder, Executive Director, Advance
Scott Adams is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Advance, LLC, a transition program located in Midtown Houston, specializing in transitioning students with social and learning differences into independent life paths. He previously was a founding faculty member and principal... Read More →


Saturday January 27, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 606

12:30pm

CANCELLED: Then and Now
Limited Capacity seats available

We will be talking about our lives---then and how it is now. We were both institutionalized for many years. Roger, from age 12, in a San Antonio State School, and Candi from age 8 in Port Arthur, Texas. Then came a number of Group Homes until finally, freedom: Candi in 2004 and Roger 2016. We both now are under the Consumer Directed Services program and live in our own home and hire our own staff. Combined with new technology, our worlds have opened to living life to the fullest!

Speakers
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Roger Williamson

Self Advocate, Self Advocate
Roger is a graduate of Partners in Policy Making, an advocacy program for parents who have children with disabilities and self-advocates. He has presented at functions to share his story in an effort to help others deeply understand the impact of living with disability.
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Candi Yarbrough

Self Advocate, Self Advocate
Candi Yarbrough is a self-advocate, attended college, and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, International Honor Society for two year students. She is a graduate of Partners in Policy Making, an advocacy program for parents who have children with disabilities and self-advocates. She... Read More →


Saturday January 27, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 206

12:30pm

Personal Support Networks: Enriching Life in the Present & Providing for the Future
Limited Capacity seats available

The best guarantee of a safe and secure future for a person with a disability is to have caring, committed friends, family members, acquaintances and supporters actively involved in his or her life. A personal network is a group of people who voluntarily commit to support a person who is at risk of being isolated and vulnerable by reason of their disability. Texas Parent to Parent (TxP2P) has a new program called Texas Network Connections (TxNC). This program (modeled after the PLAN personal network program in Vancouver, B.C.) helps families explore, develop and maintain personal support networks for their loved ones (https://www.txp2p.org/services/texas-network-connections). Launched in Austin in 2016, Texas Network Connections is now expanding statewide. Come learn more about personal networks and how to get a personal network started for yourself, your son or your daughter!

Speakers
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Denise Sonleitner

Texas Parent to Parent: Texas Network Connections Program
Denise Sonleitner lives in Austin with her husband, Steve, and son, Maverick. Her daughter Ava Linn also lives close by. In early 2010, with the support of friends, family, and transition champion Rosemary Alexander, Denise set up a personal network for Maverick, known as 'MavMen... Read More →


Saturday January 27, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 602

12:30pm

The Birds and the Bees: Hygiene, Puberty, Sexuality, and Safety in Youth with Developmental Disabilities
Limited Capacity seats available

Youth with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities often need direct instruction about hygiene, puberty, and sexuality. These topics are critical to personal safety. An individual is never too old or young to begin or continue their learning in these areas. This session will cover practical strategies and lessons learned from work with hundreds of families.

Speakers
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Natalie Montfort, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, The Stewart Center at The Westview School
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Saturday January 27, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 604