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June, 2021
Convention Report

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

Welcome Back!

It’s time for the AAIDD Texas Chapter Annual Convention, this year to be held July 27-30 in Corpus Christi, Texas.  We are looking forward to seeing you there at the beautiful Omni Hotel overlooking the seawall and the Corpus Christi Bay!  Register early and reserve a room as we expect a sellout of the special room rates.  You still have time to participate in the conference in a variety of ways in addition to attending sessions, you might nominate a colleague or one of your employees for an award, there is also still time to become a sponsor, and you can always invite one of your staff or colleagues to attend and learn about treatment options, legislative changes, or how to be a better service provider.

This convention is sure to have sessions that will be of interest to you whether you are a Direct Support Provider, administrator, consumer, family member, or professional.  Review the program and decide which sessions you don’t want to miss.  We are very pleased to welcome as our Keynote Speaker – Dr. Craig Escudé. Dr. Escudé is a board-certified Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians with over 20 years of clinical experience providing medical care for people with IDD.  Dr. Escudé will also be providing a breakout session after his keynote address. You will not want to miss this opportunity to obtain knowledge from this renown and dynamic expert in the field!

Continuing Education Credit is available for many sessions. We are working with the Texas Psychological Association to provide Professional Development Hours for Psychologists, Social Workers, and Licensed Professional Counselors.

You will not want to miss the Award’s Luncheon on Thursday, where we will acknowledge many of AAIDD Texas Chapter Past Presidents. At the Wednesday evening Reception, they will share will us their stories, memories, and insights about where we have been to where we are going, from TAMR to AAIDD, 45+ years of history! 

The exhibit area is always a central meeting place during the convention as you can find refreshments, information and goodies from the exhibitors, drawings for prizes, and the silent auction. It is always interesting to check out the silent auction for gifts or a special item for your home or office.  The exhibit area provides many networking opportunities with former or current colleagues and an opportunity to make new contacts with others in your field.  

There will be many informative sessions during the week and don’t forget to attend the last session on Friday which will provide an update of legislative changes that may impact the services you provide. This session is always well attended as representatives from HHSC, major organizations, and advocacy groups will offer updates on changes and developments in the field.  

The annual AAIDD Texas Chapter Convention is an opportunity for everyone who attends, to learn, meet new colleagues, and share experiences. Also take time to enjoy the Corpus Christi area and this beautiful hotel and setting!  We look forward to seeing you in Corpus at this exciting convention!

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, Program

Spindletop Center

Connie Cisneros

Local Arrangements, Silent Auction

Tropical Texas Behavioral Health


Pat Craig, Ph.D.

Program, Past Presidents Project


Ashley Cupples (John Harper)

Silent Auction

Lawrence Davis
Integral Care

Kevin Kern

Silent Auction

Center for Pursuit

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

Past Presidents Project

Rachel Medina

Silent Auction, Program

LiveOak Living Community


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

Robert Steronko


Dion White
Exhibitors/Sponsors, Program
Center for Life Resources 

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