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February, 2014

Convention Report

Margo Childs, MHMRA of Harris County
AAIDD Texas Chapter’s Convention Committee Chair

We’re planning a fabulous convention for you in the most festive city in Texas! The 39th Annual Convention of the AAIDD Texas Chapter is scheduled for July 22-25, 2014 at the Westin Riverwalk, surrounded by San Antonio’s best entertainment, shopping, and culture. Our Planning Committee is developing a convention that will be full of motivational information, fun activities, and resources to support persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), their families, advocates, direct support staff and other professionals working in the IDD field.


The Call for Papers has been released and I encourage you to support AAIDD Texas Chapter by submitting presentations and/or recommending to your colleagues and friends in the IDD field to share their research, best practices, expertise, and leadership by submitting presentations for our Convention. Also, sponsorship gives you and/or your organization the opportunity to support AAIDD Texas Chapter’s Convention to enhance the quality of services and provide meaningful opportunities and choices for people with IDD and their families. Contact members of our Exhibitors/Sponsors sub-committee or any member of the Planning Committee to learn more about sponsorship. For more information, you may contact any of the following committee members.


39th Annual Convention Committee

Margo Childs


MHMRA of Harris County


Jermaine East


MHMRA of Brazos Valley


Connie Cisneros

Chair, Local Arrangements/Silent Auction

Tropical Texas Behavioral Health


Pat Craig, Ph.D.

Chair/Consumer Stipends


Carson Easley


MHMRA of Harris County


Steve Fitzner

Consumer Stipends

Spindletop Center


Charlotte Kimmel, Ph.D.

Local Arrangements

Mexia State School


Vanessa Miller


MHMRA of Harris County


Jake Pinner

Consumer Stipends

Maria Quintero, Ph.D.


MHMRA of Harris County


Melissa Rasco

Chair, Silent Auction/Local Arrangements



Ollie, Seay, Ph.D.,

Program/Local Arrangements

Texas State University – San Marcos


Lisa Shelby

Consumer Stipends/Exhibitors/Sponsors


Claudia Southern


Southern Concepts, Inc.


Maya Vega

Silent Auction

Austin Travis County Integral Care


Dion White

Chair, Awards/Nominations/Local Arrangements

Center for Life Resources


Debbie Youngblood

Chair, Exhibitors/Sponsors

Daybreak Community Services

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