NOVEMBER 11, 2017


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8:30 am – 9:00 am


9:00 am – 9:20 am

AM Breakout Sessions

9:30 am – 11:30 am
Attendees will choose 1 session from the morning time slot


11:30 am – 12:15 pm

PM Breakout Sessions

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Attendees will choose 1 session from the afternoon time slot


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Self-Determination: Life with S.C.A.R.F.
Presented by, Scot Evans & The Self-Determination Group

Self-determination is believing you can control your own destiny. It is about being in charge, but is not necessarily the same thing as self-sufficiency or independence. It is a combination of attitudes and abilities that lead a person to create a meaningful life based on their own wants, needs, desires and dreams. Before you think self-determination is not possible for your child or student, join us. During this session the five principles of self-determination (S.C.A.R.F) and teaching strategies will be explored. Individuals with disabilities will highlight how the 5 principles impact their lives.

Life’s A Journey: Charting the Course
Presented by, 
Jeff Garrison-Tate, Institute for Person-Centered Practices

Summary Posting Soon

Medicaid Waivers and Waiting Lists: What Families Need to Know
Presented by, 
Jeff Miller, Disability Rights Texas  

Do you have questions about the Texas Medicaid Waiver programs?

  • How does one get on “the lists”?
  • What are the eligibility criteria?
  • What services are provided & how can they help?
  • Why is there such a lengthy wait for services?
  • What can be done to help reduce the waiting lists?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you won’t want to miss this session! Jeff will provide an overview of the Medicaid and Medicaid Waiver programs in Texas. He will review the differences between Medicaid state-plan services and Medicaid Waiver services and answer the questions above and more.

Personal Support Networks: Enriching Lives for the Present and Preparing for the Future
Presented by, 
Denise Sonleitner, Texas Parent to Parent   

Through personal networks, people who are at risk of isolation will have access to the abundance of caring, supportive people and groups in their families and communities, thus enriching the lives of the person, the family, and the community. During this session Denise will review the history of personal support networks, key components of networks, how to start a network, phases of network development, and more.

Texas Guardianship Reforms
Presented by, Jeff Miller, Disability Rights Texas

Probate courts MUST consider alternatives to guardianship and supports and services before a guardianship is created. Do you know the difference between guardianship, supported- decision making and other alternatives to guardianship? If not, you won’t want to miss this session! Jeff will: 1) review the differences between guardianship and supported decision-making 2) highlight other alternatives to guardianship and common supports and services 3) explore issues that individuals with disabilities and their families should consider.

How Do You Raise Student’s Expectations for Education & Training after High School? Start with what’s Possible!
Presented by, Cindi Paschall, Arc Greater Mid Cities and Panelists

Further education and training leads to a variety of personal and financial benefits. Low expectations and a lack of opportunities can combine to keep some students from receiving these benefits. Join us for a screening of the film: Rethinking College and a panel presentation that showcases a variety of education and training options available.



A Person Centered Approach to Transition Planning & Self-directed ARD Meetings (Part 1 of 2)
Presenter: Debbie Wilkes, DR Wilkes Consulting

Join Debbie Wilkes for this two part participatory session as she explores planning methods that improve the planning process and student outcomes.

During part one, participants will use strategies developed by the Institute of Person Centered Practices and the Learning Community to determine key factors that must be included in THEIR student’s life when creating a plan for the future. This transition plan can support the student as they move through all phases of school and adult life.

Bottom Dollars: Film Screening & Discussion
Presenter: Kyle Piccola, The Arc of Texas

There are many myths about employment that surround individuals with disabilities. These myths are detrimental because they prevent Texans with IDD from obtaining and keeping meaningful, competitive employment opportunities that improve their quality of life. Join Kyle for a screening of the documentary film Bottom Dollars and a discussion on how people with disabilities CAN work, earn competitive wages, and keep their important Medicaid benefits.

Nutritional Considerations for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
Presenter: Janice Scott, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

Nutrition is critical to physical and intellectual development of children and young adults yet receiving adequate calories, protein and micro-nutrients is a challenge for many people. This presentation will review basic nutritional requirements to support growth and the factors that may interfere with nutrient absorption. We’ll look at meeting nutrition needs and discuss supplements and when they are appropriate.

The Importance of Recreation & Leisure and Community Connections for People with Disabilities
Presenter: Carrie Boggess, Adventures Unbound & Panelists

Recreation and leisure activities & community connections are a critical dimension of the quality of life for all people, including people who have a disability. They are a vehicle through which people have fun, meet new friends, and experience personal growth. Yet traditionally, these areas are given low priority as an area in which support and assistance are provided. It doesn’t have to be this way. Join Carrie and panelists for a lively discussion. Carrie will explore the benefits of recreation/leisure activities, possible accommodations, relationship building strategies and more so people with disabilities can choose to participate in a full range of school and community recreation and leisure activities based upon their personal interests and desires. Panelists will share personal experiences and community options will be reviewed.

A Person Centered Approach to Transition Planning & Self-directed ARD Meetings (Part 2 of 2)
Presenter: Debbie Wilkes, DR Wilkes Consulting

Join Debbie Wilkes for this two part participatory session as she explores planning methods that improve the planning process and student outcomes.

Part two will provide strategies to use the person-centered plan to facilitate a student-directed ARD meeting and determine accommodations, instructional opportunities and goals and objectives.

Planning for the Future: What you need to know about Guardianship & Alternatives and Special Needs trust
Presenter: Tresi Weeks, Weeks Law Firm

Regardless of one’s age or disability, planning for the future is important.

During this presentation Tresi will review options available for guardianship & alternatives after turning 18 years old and how families can provide for their child’s need after they are gone, without endangering eligibility for government programs by setting up a Special Needs Trust.

Success with Consumer Directed Services (CDS)
Presenter: Cheryl Harris, Imagine Enterprises

Join Cheryl as she reviews the difference between the CDS and Provider option, what is an FMSA and their role in CDS, explore why a client would choose CDS, what services can be self-directed, how to choose an FMSA, employer/DR, and much more to be successful with CDS!

Summary of the 85th Texas Legislative Session: The good, not so good and next steps.
Presenter: Jessica Ramos, Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD)

The 85th Texas Legislature approved a budget and bills impacting the lives of people with disabilities. Join Jessica Ramos for a discussion about what passed, what didn’t and the work still needed.