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April, 2021

Convention Report

Cheryl Petty, AAIDD Texas Chapter Convention Committee Chair
Charlotte M. Kimmel, Ph.D., FAAIDD, AAIDD Texas Chapter President

AAIDD Texas Chapter will be celebrating our 45th Annual Convention on July 28-31, 2021.  WOW!   We are excited to be planning this live event and look forward to seeing you in Corpus Christie!   We hope that you will join us for this enriching conference which will also provide time for you to enjoy the Beautiful Corpus Christi Bay! It is also an opportunity to bring your family who can relax at the hotel, tour the many local attractions that include the Texas State Aquarium, USS Lexington Aircraft Carrier and Museum, many wonderful restaurants, or just relax and enjoy the sea and sand during your time in Corpus.


In the last 45 years, Texas has made improvements in services to shift access for people with IDD to community-based services that include the IDD Waiver programs, school systems that provide the appropriate education to children with IDD along with training and employment opportunities for individuals with IDD. Services and programs for these individuals are intended to foster self-determination, community inclusion and improve their quality of life. We have come a long way with still more work to do!


The Convention Committee is planning a conference that will provide opportunities for networking as well as education and training for professionals, direct support staff, self-advocates and family members with current information on providing services and dealing with issues relevant for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We want to express a special thank you to the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) for helping with expenses for our keynote speakers.


We invite you as a leader in your agency or organization to support AAIDD Texas Chapter by supporting the convention as an attendee, a sponsor or exhibitor.  Contact members of our Exhibitors/Sponsors sub-committee or any member of the Planning Committee to learn more about these opportunities.


We are looking forward to seeing you in Corpus Christi in July!

45th AAIDD Texas Chapter Convention Committee

Cheryl Petty
AAIDD Texas Chapter President-Elect and Convention Committee Chair

Program, Silent Auction, Awards/Nominations
Integral Care


Toye Babb

Silent Auction

Spindletop Center

Connie Cisneros

Local Arrangements, Silent Auction

Tropical Texas Behavioral Health


Pat Craig, Ph.D.



Ashley Cupples (John Harper)

Silent Auction, Stipends

Lawrence Davis
Integral Care

Kevin Kern

Silent Auction

Center for Pursuit

Charlotte Kimmel, Ph.D.
Local Arrangements, Program, Awards/Nominations

Rachel Medina

Silent Auction

LiveOak Living Community


Ollie, Seay, Ph.D.
Program, Awards/Nominations
Texas State University 

Robert Steronko

Dion White
Center for Life Resources 

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