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Schedule of Events

 

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ROOM A

ROOM B

ROOM C

ROOM D

ROOM E

ROOM F

8:45–10:00

Welcome

Keynote Speaker—Lex Frieden

10:00–10:15

BREAK

10:15–11:15

College Planning for Special Needs Families

I'm Just a College Student-Why Do I Need a Power of Attorney

The Road to Transition Planning

Accessing Accommodations in Higher Education

Connections for Academic and Employment (CASE) Texas Tech

Lone Star-Life Path

11:15–12:30

BREAK/LUNCH

12:30–1:30

College Planning for Special Needs

Making Sense of Medicaid and Waiver Systems

The Road to Transition Planning

Accessing Accommodations in Higher Education

Aggie Achieve—Texas A&M

Understanding the Workforce System: Workforce Solutions 101

1:30–1:45

BREAK

1:45–2:45

FAFSA-Financial Aid Application 101

Supported Decision Making

Texas Workforce Commission

Is College Appropriate for your student?

University of St. Thomas launches new program specifically for students with LD

Understanding the Workforce System: Workforce Solutions 101

2:45–3:00

BREAK

3:00–4:00

FAFSA- Financial Aid Application 101

Supported Decision Making

Texas Workforce Commission

Music to Mitigate Stress

HCC- VAST

San Jacinto College provides Pathways for Students with Disabilities

 



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Workshop Guide

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KEYNOTE: 

 

Speaker:

Lex Frieden, Professor of Biomedical Informatics/Professor of Rehabilitation, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Director, ILRU at TIRR|MHHS
Professor of Rehabilitation, Baylor College of Medicine

 


 

 


COLLEGE PLANNING FOR SPECIAL NEEDS FAMILIES

 

Speaker: 
Allison Schaberg, Consolidated Planning Group

 

Description:
Looking for a college experience for your neurodiverse teen? Special Needs Financial Planner Allison Schaberg, from
Consolidated Planning Group, offers answers about how to choose the best option for your student who is neurodiverse or has a disability when transitioning out of high school. The discussion will include answers to these frequently asked questions:
 

  1. What post-secondary education options are available?
  2. What makes a college good for students with disabilities?
  3. What unique financial considerations should I consider?
 

 

I'M JUST A COLLEGE STUDENT—WHY DO I NEED A POWER OF ATTORNEY?

 

Speaker:

Jessica Guobadia, Jahnz Guobadia Law Firm PLLC

 

Description:


College students need food, water, and a power of attorney. At 18, you are an adult and, in case of an emergency, your parents may not be able to access your medical records or even talk to your doctors. A comprehensive college care package should include at least a medical power of attorney, HIPAA Release, and financial power of attorney. These documents will allow you to name an agent to assist you if you are unable to handle your financial and medical affairs while you are away at college and may bring peace of mind to you and your family that you can be cared for in the event of an emergency.

 

 


 

THE ROAD TO TRANSITION PLANNING


Speaker: 

Brenda Nelson, Nelson Educational Consulting

 

Description: 
Transition planning is an important part of the IEP for high school students. In this session, we will discuss important  components of the transition plan, who is responsible for implementing the plan, and appropriate transition goals for further education, future employment and independent living.

 

 


 

ACCESSING ACCOMMODATIONS IN HIGHER EDUCATION


Speaker:

Kristin Romero, Lamar University Disability Resource Center

 

Description:
While getting ready for college can seem overwhelming, requesting equal access should not be. Come join in the conversation of how to prepare for higher education and how to navigate academics and campus life with accommodations.

 

 


 

MAKING SENSE OF MEDICAID and WAIVER SYSTEMS

 

Speaker:

Mary Jane Williams, Family to Family Network

 

Description:
Medicaid and Medicaid waivers offer long term services for youth with disabilities and can offer important supports for post-secondary education and employment. Yet they can also be a source of confusion and concern especially when it comes to post-secondary education selection. Come learn about Medicaid and how to access long term services and supports.

 

 


 

LONE STAR COLLEGE LIFE PATH PROGRAM: HIGH EXPECTATIONS COUPLED WITH HIGH SUPPORT

 

Speaker:

Anne Ginnett, Lone Star College, Tomball Campus

 

Description:
Nick Vujicic, a famous motivational speaker who is paraplegic said “I was never crippled until I lost hope.” Today I bring a message of hope for those with a disability who are looking for a path for their future. At LoneStar college, we have the LifePath Program which is tailored to successfully take people with executive functioning to an Associates Degree in four years. This exciting program was introduced by Dr. Anne Ginnett, our program director, just about 7 years ago. Her philosophy is that we
have high expectations coupled with high support. This past fall, a new degree called the Occupational and Life Skills Associate Degree was approved and accredited by the State of Texas College Board, specifically for Lone Star college LifePath program students. Today, we are going to talk about our diverse population in the LifePath Program. Ideally this will help you in making the decision if this program is the right fit for you. We will also explore Executive functioning and multiple issues that we see in
our everyday classrooms and strategies that are used to move through those issues. My hope for you today is that you will be able to connect with something that is discussed to help you move forward with your own hopes and dreams. In our program we help our students see that “It’s not a disability, it’s a different ability” and they can be successful in their own way.

 

 


 

AGGIE ACHIEVE AT TEXAS A&M


Speaker:

Sehrish Shikarpurya,Texas A&M University


Description:

Aggie ACHIEVE at Texas A&M University is a four-year comprehensive transition program (CTP) for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who have exited high school. Aggie ACHIEVE provides an inclusive and immersive college education and equips students for employment in the community. Aggie ACHIEVE aligns coursework, internship opportunities, and extracurricular activities with each student’s academic interests and employment goals. Students reside in Texas A&M residence halls and have access to all campus-related activities. Aggie ACHIEVE students will graduate with a Certificate in
Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University.
 



UNDERSTANDING THE WORKFORCE SYSTEM: WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS 101


Speaker:

Soha Mohammed, Workforce Solutions


Description:

The workforce system can sometimes be overwhelming. Let us assist you in achieving your career aspirations by helping you find a job, keep a job, or get a better job. Find out about the services Workforce Solutions has to offer and how to access these services.

 

 


 

FINANCIAL AID APPLICATIONS 101

 

Speakers:

John Denton & Keith Dickson, Lone Star College

 

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.

 

 


 

SUPPORTED DECISION MAKING: BALANCING PROTECTION AND AUTONOMY

 

Speaker:

Jennifer Swanson, Shields Law Firm, LLP

 

Description:

Which is the better choice, stripping a person of their power to choose or leaving them to the wolves? This is what it often feels like to parents of individuals with disabilities as their children approach adulthood. Supported decision making can be an appropriate balance between taking away an adult's autonomy as a way of protecting them and leaving them to make every major life decision on their own. By the end of this presentation, you will learn what supported decision making is, what the potential benefits and drawbacks might be, and what is required to establish such an agreement in Texas.

 

 


 

REACH YOUR GOALS WITH THE TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION


Speaker:

Kristen Davis, Texas Workforce Commission

 

Description:

Did you know the Texas Workforce Commission (formerly known as DARS) helps students with disabilities that are
college-bound? The TWC also help people with disabilities who are entering the workforce. This workshop covers how the TWC is such a great asset for those with disabilities!

 

 


 

IS COLLEGE APPROPRIATE FOR YOUR STUDENT: USING VOCATIONAL EVALUATION TO MAKE AN INFORMED CHOICE

 

Speaker:

James Williams, Bloom Consulting-Campus Connections Program

 

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.

 

 


 

UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS LAUNCHES NEW COLLEGE DEGREE PROGRAM SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DIFFERENCES!


Speaker:

Tera Torres, University of St. Thomas
 

Description:

University of St. Thomas has launched a new college degree program specifically designed for people who learn differently. This full-time academic program will provide an avenue for postsecondary education for students who have learning differences that may interfere with success in a traditional collegiate setting. Using Universal Design for Learning, students will take courses in a compressed-track format in cohorts of 12–15 students. Instruction is personalized and individualized while still meeting standards for core curriculum at UST.

 

 


 

MUSIC TO MITIGATE STRESS

 

Speaker:

Anita Swanson, Texas Technology Access Program, University of Texas at Austin

 

Description:

College and the transition to college can be a stressful time. A cost- effective means to mitigate stress is music. Music is readily available, can be accessed fairly easily, and may be used to mitigate stress, anxiety, and depression. A board-certified music therapist will explain how music affects the brain and body in ways that can be used for self-care. Music stimulates the brain to release the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is attributed to feeling “good.” Music also stimulates the mind and physical body to create, learn, and move. Each of these activities can contribute to positive feelings of self. Some practices to assist one in daily living will be described, such as how to adjust one’s emotional state via a personalized playlist and examples of musical apps for self-care, relaxation, and creativity will be presented.

 


CONNECTING STUDENTS IN A CHANGING COLLEGE LANDSCAPE

 

Speaker:

Taylor Fidler, Director-Connections for Academic Success and Employment, Texas Tech University

 

Description:

An endless amount of information awaits students as they navigate college. Combined with constantly changing modalities, students must make key decisions at critical times and the choices given aren't necessarily always clear. Having a college liaison that can help guide them through the collegiate landscapte isn't always enough. Learn how students in the CASE program can
rely on dedicated Learning Specialists to help them achieve their goals, pursue the degree of their choice, and confidently enter the competitive job market upon graduation.

 

 


 

 

INNOVATIVE AND INCLUSIVE COLLEGE PROGRAMS SERVING INDIVIDUALS WITH INTELLECTUAL/ DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

 

Speaker:

Sue Moraska, HCC VAST Academy

 

Description: 
Sue Moraska, Director of Houston Community College's nationally recognized "VAST Academy", which has been offering Career Readiness/Occupational Skills Training to individuals with intellectual & developmental disabilities (IDD's) for three decades, will share its' best practices, as a global, national and state leader in offering inclusive higher ed. access and meaningful credentials to individuals with IDDs. Successful tips and strategies for college success in a virtual world, will be shared as well as, what is happening in Texas and the nation to offer more higher ed. access to students with IDD's. An overview of critical data will be
highlighted regarding the current need and impact in Texas, along with some of HCC-VAST's new virtual, and STEM Technology courses and partnerships. A student panel of HCC and VAST Academy Alumni will share their college experiences and success.

 

 


 

SAN JACINTO COLLEGE PROVIDES PATHWAYS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES


Speaker: Sarah Janes, Associate Vice Chancellor of Continuing and Professional Development, San Jacinto College

 

Description:

 Over the past several years, San Jacinto College has provided workshops for students with disabilities. In some cases, the workshops included a variety of general career skills topics. While other workshops provided an introduction to careers in which students with disabilities could excel. This presentation goes into the details of these workshops as well as what is in store for the future.

 

 



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