The Family to Family Network and the HISD Special Education Department will present their 8th Annual Special Education Parent Conference and Resource Fair. The conference will be on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Pin Oak Middle School, 4601 Glenmont Drive, Bellaire.
The conference is intended for teenagers with disabilities and family members of those with disabilities, as well as any service providers or teachers. The conference is inclusive of multiple disabilities, ranging from Autism to cerebral palsy to Downs Syndrome to ADD/ADHD and more.
The conference is free for all junior high and high school students and all family members. It is also free for Houston ISD staff. Professional out of HISD, including such as other ISD employees, private school employees, and day care providers, may attend but the cost is $25 for pre-registration and $40 for registration on the day of the conference.
Some topics and breakout sessions for parents and those who work with children with disabilities include math, reading obstacles and strategies, conflict management and resolution, assistive technology, guardianship, behavior modification, ECI, sibling support, the ARD process, mental health, transition planning, and estate and financial planning.
The conference also includes programming directed towards teens with disabilities. Some topics and breakout sessions open to teenagers are self-advocacy, employment, planning for the future, and college.
The conference schedule includes four sessions, from 9 a.m.to 10:15, from 10:45 to noon, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45, and from 3:00 to 4:15. Registration begins at 8 a.m., although it is highly suggested that attendees register online at https://s.zoomerang.com/s/ParentConference3-2-13 in advance because sessions will be filled in a first-come/first-served basis, and the more popular sessions may fill early. In most cases, the sessions will be capped at 30 to 35 attendees. Pre-registration is now open, but it will close on February 24th or when 475 registrations have been completed.
The exhibits/resource fair is open from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. only. There will be more than 60 local and state agencies, service providers, and vendors at the fair. Attendees who only want to attend the resource fair do not need to pre-register.
For more information, brochures are available online at http://www.familytofamilynetwork.org/events/parent-conference-a-resource-fair in both English and Spanish.