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February, 2013

Convention Report

Jermaine East, MHMRA of Brazos Valley

AAIDD Texas Chapter's Convention Committee Chair

We’re headed to the global city of Houston!  That’s right, “The Space City”, “The Bayou City”, or “H-Town” (to name a few of its many nicknames) is the fourth-largest city in the United States of America and the largest city in Texas and will play host to the 38th Annual Convention of the AAIDD Texas Chapter on July 23-26, 2013. The convention will take place at the magnificent Westin Galleria, an area of urban development, entertainment, shopping, and culture.  Our Convention Planning Committee has begun work in planning to develop a conference that will be full of pertinent and inspiring 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, and all who attend.  This year’s theme is “Connecting Communities… Improving Lives”, which truly describes a state of linking and integrating systems and communities that results in continuous improvement and meaningful outcomes in a person’s life.  This goes beyond simply providing a service.  So, get your plans ready and stay connected, because there is more to come!

The Call for Papers has been released and I encourage you to support AAIDD Texas Chapter by preparing presentations and/or recommending to your colleagues and friends in the IDD field to share their research, best practices, expertise, and leadership by preparing 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.  You may also contact us for more information.

38th Annual Convention Committee

Jermaine East,


MHMRA of Brazos Valley

Margo Childs

Chair/Local Arrangements

MHMRA of Harris County

Connie Cisneros

Silent Auction
Tropical Texas Behavioral Health 

Pat Craig, Ph.D.

Chair/Consumer Stipends

Michelle Garcia, Psy.D.

Michelle Garcia, Psy.D. & Associates

Andy Griffin, Ph.D.

Mexia State School

Shelly Heck

Daybreak Community Services

Charlotte Kimmel

Ph.D., Local Arrangements
Mexia State School

Jake Pinner

Maria Quintero, Ph.D.

Local Arrangements
MHMRA of Harris County

Melissa Rasco

Chair/Silent Auction

Ollie, Seay, Ph.D.

Texas State University – San Marcos

Lisa Shelby

Consumer Stipends
Austin Travis County Integral Care

Claudia Southern

Southern Concepts, Inc.

Maya Vega

Silent Auction
Austin Travis County Integral Care

Dion White

Center for Life Resources

Debbie Youngblood

Daybreak Community Services

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