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February, 2019

Convention Report

Charlotte M. Kimmel, Ph.D.
AAIDD Texas Chapter President-Elect and Convention Committee Chair

The AAIDD Texas Chapter will be holding their 44th Annual Convention on July 23 - 26, 2019 near the Gulf Coast at the beautiful Omni in Corpus Christi.  We hope that you and your colleagues will join us for this informative and enriching conference which will also provide time to enjoy the local beaches including the Padre Island National Seashore. It is also an opportunity to bring your family who can relax at this spectacular hotel, tour the many local attractions including the Texas State Aquarium, or enjoy the sea and sand during your time in Corpus. 

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. As a leader in your agency or organization, we invite you to support AAIDD Texas Chapter by submitting a presentation, encouraging your staff to participate in the conference, and enabling staff to attend this conference.

The conference theme this year fits with the location of the conference and is “Navigating Change: Sailing to the Future” as we are all required to deal with changes in regulations and service requirements, while looking to the future of services requested and needed by families and persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Convention Committee is working to provide speakers and sessions that will help inspire and inform service providers, families, and self-advocates so they can navigate required changes while developing future services and supports.


The Conference Call for Papers has been sent out and we invite you to submit a presentation or encourage your staff to do so. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 1, 2019. The Convention Committee is looking forward to reviewing your submissions. Please also consider supporting the convention by being 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 look forward to seeing you in Corpus Christi in July! Thanks for your support!

AAIDD Texas Chapter Convention Committee

Charlotte Kimmel, Ph.D, Chair 
Program, Awards/Nominations


Justin Botter

Mosaic South Central Texas


Margo Childs

Silent Auction

The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD


Connie Cisneros

Local Arrangements

Tropical Texas Behavioral Health


Pat Craig, Ph.D.

Chair, Consumer Stipends, Awards/Nominations


Ashley Cupples (John Harper)

Silent Auction, Consumer Stipends

Lawrence Davis
Unicorn Centers, Inc.

Steve Fitzner
Spindletop Center

Rachel Medina

Silent Auction
LiveOak Living Community


Cheryl Petty
Chair, Silent Auction
Integral Care

Ollie, Seay, Ph.D.
Texas State University 

Lisa Shelby
Consumer Stipends
Integral Care

Dion White
Chair, Exhibitors/Sponsors
Center for Life Resources 

Melissa Whitworth


Bluebonnet Trails Community Services

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