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Soaring to New Heights! College Inclusion Conference, Virtual. September 24, 2022, 8:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. CDT


Schedule of Events

 

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ROOM A

ROOM B

ROOM C

ROOM D

8:15 a.m.–8:50 a.m.

Welcome/Speaker- Shelbi Davenport SEE ME

9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. John Denton—
FAFSA: Financial Aid Application 101

Bloom Consulting— Campus Connections: Is College Appropriate for Your Student?

Jennifer Swanson— Supported Decision Making or Guardianship: Choosing The Correct Path for your Loved One

LeTourneau Universities—Bridges College Success Program for Students with Autism

10:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m.

BREAK

10:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m.

JR Santos—Campus Safety

UNT ELEVAR— Inclusive Post-Secondary Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Jennifer Swanson—  Supported Decision Making or Guardianship: Choosing The Correct Path for your Loved One

University of Houston—Clear Lake  Connecting to College Program

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

BREAK/LUNCH

12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

Ana Esparza—Young Adults Transitioning From High School to College

 

Robin Rettie—Research Supported Strategies to Remain Calm in the Workplace and Community

Project CASE—TexasTech    THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE?

1:30 p.m.–1:45 p.m.

BREAK

1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m.

Texas Workforce Solutions—Vocational Rehabilitation Services: How to Navigate VR to Receive Assistance with Training Services

Stephanie Deker— Preparing and Packing for the Adventure of Life After High School

ACHIEVE-ing Independence: The Aggie ACHIEVE Program at Texas A&M

HCC—Innovative & Inclusive College Programs Serving Individuals With Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and Student/Alumni Panel

2:45 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

BREAK

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Texas Workforce Solutions—Vocational Rehabilitation Services: How to Navigate VR to Receive Assistance with Training Services

Gayle Fisher—elping Neurodiversity Toward Better Personal Development

 San Jacinto College and the Opportunities and Support it has to Offer

Univ. of Houston—Main Campus     Accommodations and Access in Higher Education

 


 

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Workshop Guide

**See descriptions for each workshop below**



KEYNOTE: 


See Me


Speaker:
Shelbi Davenport
Senior Associate
Better Lives

 

Description:
Ever felt out of place or like a “sore thumb”? Wouldn’t you like an easy way to remember to make sure that does not happen? This session will allow you that and a whole lot more. I learned, from experience, the feeling of being overlooked and under “listened” to. I want to give you some hope and encouragement to make sure you never feel that way again!

 


FAFSA: Financial Aid Application 101 (pre-recorded session)

 

Speaker: 

John Denton

 

Description:
The Lone Star College financial aid office will provide an overview of the FAFSA and TASFA applications, the general steps, eligibility requirements, and explain what items you might need to help you get started with applying for financial aid.

 

 


Campus Connections: Is College Appropriate for Your Student?

 

 

Speaker:
James Williams
Chief Executive Officer
Bloom Consulting

 

Description:
This session will focus on using vocational evaluation data to determine if college is the most appropriate pathway for a student with a disability. This will be discussed in the context of using the data to select an appropriate vocational goal and college program, while meeting the support needs of the student. An emphasis will be placed on using a strengths-based process, called Wraparound, to harness the power of this information and foster student involvement to encourage self-determined choices and empower families, schools, and students to make the best possible decisions regarding post-secondary education and employment.

 

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Supported Decision Making or Guardianship: Choosing The Correct Path for your Loved One.

 

Speaker: 
Jennifer Lynn Swanson
Owner/Attorney
Swanson Law, PLLC
 

Description: 
My child is turning 18. What should I do? The session will compare and contrast supported decision-making with guardianship and discuss several least restrictive alternatives to guardianship.

 

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LeTourneau Universities Bridges College Success Program for Students with Autism



Speaker:
Michele Marjason, EdD
Bridges Program Director
LeTourneau University

Description:
As diagnosis and awareness of autism has increased, the number of students with autism attending college has also increased. Research has shown that the increase of students with autism wanting to attend college has gone up by 50%. While many students with autism do well in the college environment, many struggle with unknown social norms, executive function difficulties, sensory issues, living among peers, and increased life skills required of college life. This session will discuss how LeTourneau University supports their students with autism and will provide resources for other college programs in Texas that support students with autism.

 

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Campus Safety


Speaker:
JR Santos
Founder, Compass Safeguard Solutions
Firefighter/Paramedic, Dallas Fire Department

 


 

UNT ELEVAR: Inclusive Post-Secondary Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

 

Speaker:
Brenda Barrio
Associate Professor of Special Education - UNT ELEVAR Faculty Lead
Affiliation/Company/Organization: University of North Texas - UNT ELEVAR Program
 
Description:
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The UNT ELEVAR Inclusive Postsecondary Education Program at the University of North Texas is providing new opportunities for young adults with intellectual disabilities to pursue a college career and be ready for competitive employment. This session will provide more information about ELEVAR as well as what educators, families, and students can do to prepare for attending inclusive college, become more independent, and seek competitive employment in the near future. 


 

University of Houston – Clear Lake Connecting to College Program

 

Speaker:
Lorena Galvan
Program Coordinator
Connecting to College:  University of Houston – Clear Lake
  
Description:
University of Houston - Clear Lake’s Connecting to College program is a support service for neurodiverse college students in helping them achieve their academic, personal, social, and professional goals with the use of Applied Behavior Analysis. This presentation will review the goals and strategies that Connecting to College has identified to be important in our endeavors to helping students achieve success in transitioning to college and/or independent lifestyles. Those attending will be able to describe the key features of the Connecting to College program and ways to help students be more successful in college.

 

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Research Supported Strategies to Remain Calm in the Workplace and Community

 

Speaker:
Robin Rettie
Educational Consultant
Lighthouse Learning Resources

 

Description:
Strategies to remain calm in the workplace and community provides insight to the Limbic System's integration with the Central & Peripheral Nervous Systems, 8 Sensory Systems, and simple WHAT TO DO measures to reduce unexpected responses due to environmental triggers. You’ll learn how to apply research-based approaches to navigate sensory strategies that support an individual taking ownership of self-regulation to increase inclusion in all settings; home, school, employment, and community.

Current day challenges require an increased need to apply scientific approaches to manage the many variables’ students, educators, & community members have experienced in recent years in Texas and beyond. Humans learn through emotions; knowledge of our emotional and rational brain functioning aids with understanding how best to processes daily challenges and how to remain regulated to increase life’s opportunities; learning, building relationships, employment, & interdependent living.

 


 

Thinking About College?

 

Speaker:
Taylor Fidler
Program Director
Texas Tech University - Burkhart Center for Autism

 

Description:              
Families and students often wonder if college is the next step as they transition to adulthood. This session will review the Connections for Academic Success and Employment Program, at Texas Tech University. Attendees will learn about the CASE Program and gain a better understanding of the expectations students have in the college setting. Participants will learn about independence, college responsibilities, and practical resources that can help prepare students in advance of making the decision to attend college. The CASE program assists students with Autism and other developmental disabilities to navigate college and empower them to reach their postsecondary academic goals and to find competitive employment after graduation.

 


 

Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services: How to Navigate VR to Receive Assistance with Training Services

 

Speaker:
Lana Arthur
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor II
Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Description:
Did you know that Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services can help with training and post-secondary options? Do you know how to sign up for TWS-VRS services? How do you become eligible? Where is your nearest office? What is the VR Process? Answer these questions in this information filled session that helps a person with a disability navigate the VR process at Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Key concepts to take away from this session will be:

  • Understand what Texas Workforce Solutions Vocational Rehabilitation Services offers
  • Learn how to start the VR process
  • Explore services offered for adults and transition students
  • Understand how VR services can help with post-secondary or training goals that lead to a successful employment outcome
     
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Preparing and Packing for the Adventure of Life After High School

 

Speaker:
Stephanie Deker
Assistant Vice President
College Living Experience

 

Description:
Preparing and Packing for the Adventure of Life After High School: Life after high school can seem daunting to the student and the family for anyone, especially for loved ones who think and learn differently. However, framing it as an adventure because it is and preparing for it as such can remove some of the anxiety for all. Wherever you are in the pre-adventure stage, it's never too late or early to start preparing and packing. We will cover what parents and caregivers can start doing or not doing today, what questions to ask programs and colleges, and how to prepare their loved ones and themselves for the adventure ahead. Attendees will also receive checklist tools. Both the Independent Living Checklist and Program/College Checklist help in the preparation and packing process.

 


 

ACHIEVE-ing Independence: The Aggie ACHIEVE Program at Texas A&M

 

Speaker:
Heather Dulas, M.A
Program Director, Aggie ACHIEVE
Department of Educational Psychology |
Texas A&M University

Description:
Curious about what inclusive postsecondary education looks like for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities at Texas A&M University? Participants can expect to learn about Aggie ACHIEVE’s:

  • Eligibility Criteria
  • Admissions Process
  • Program Components (i.e., Academics, Employment, Independent Living, Student Life)
     

 

Innovative & Inclusive College Programs Serving Individuals With Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and Student/Alumni Panel


Speaker:
Sue Moraska
Program Director, VAST Academy
Houston Community College

Description:  
Sue Moraska, Director of Houston Community College's nationally recognized "VAST Academy", has been offering Career Readiness/Occupational Skills Training to individuals with intellectual & developmental disabilities (IDD's) for close to three decades. She will share their best practices, as a national and state leader in offering inclusive post-secondary and meaningful credentials to individuals with IDD. As a nationally recognized Post-Secondary Transition Program (CTP) Financial Aid approved Program Sue will share their successful tips and strategies for college success, as well as what is happening in Texas and nationally with inclusive higher ed. access for students with IDD's. The highlight of this presentation will include a student and alumni panel who will share their personal success stories and answer questions.

 

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Helping Neurodiversity Toward Better Personal Communication

 

Speaker:
Gayle Fisher
Founder
GettingSorted.com: Empowering the World of Neurodiversity

 

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San Jacinto College and the Opportunities and Support it has to Offer

 

Speakers:
Dr. Sarah (Sallie Kay) Janes
Associate Vice Chancellor
San Jacinto College District

 

Description:
How do you know what you don’t know?  Bet you don’t know how many things you did not 
know you could do!  San Jacinto College provides opportunities to learn what careers may be 
available to you that you never dreamed of being able to accomplish.  The College also provides support in a variety of ways to help you accomplish those career goals.  By participating in this session, individuals will learn of the seminars and workshops provided in conjunction with the Texas Workforce Commission. They will also learn of the student support services that are available and how to access them so that they can be successful in reaching their goals.  Join us and see all of the possibilities there are for you!

 

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Accommodations and Access in Higher Education 

 

Speakers:
Kyle Mutz and Crystle McDonald 
Director and Assistant Director 
University of Houston - Main campus 

 

Description: 
This session will cover the outstanding services available to students with disabilities at the Justin Dart Jr. Student Accessibility Center at the University of Houston.  This educational opportunity will cover what are the differences between high school and college accommodations, assistive technology, testing options, alternative format, advocacy, and other vital resources for students with disabilities.

 

 



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