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March, 2016

Convention Report

Ollie Seay, Ph.D., Texas State University
AAIDD Texas Chapter Convention Committee Chair

Is there life after 40?  Absolutely!  And AAIDD Texas Chapter is ready to show it in our 41st Annual Convention to be held in historic San Antonio at the Westin Riverwalk, July 19th through the 22nd.   In keeping with the spirit of our host city and our organization, the theme for this year’s meeting is, “Take a Stand for Independence.”  Our Convention Planning Committee has been hard at work lining up speakers and sessions that will serve to inform, inspire, and include all involved in supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities from self-advocates, to families, to direct care, to providers, and a wide range of professionals.  


We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker will be Archer Hadley, a remarkable young advocate who spearheaded a movement to raise money and install push button doors at his high school campus.  He and other students produced a film about his journey that has achieved recognition from the White House and will be featured at this year’s SXSW Film Festival.  Pre-convention workshops on aging and ethics will again be offered.  Continuing education/professional development hours for Psychologists, LPCs, and Social Workers have already been approved for specific sessions meeting requirements of the Texas Psychological Association, and further approval for other sessions is being sought through Austin Travis County Integral Care.  


We have extended the Call for Papers until March 25.  We welcome your submissions and hope you will pass the word on to colleagues who may also wish to present.  In addition, sponsors and exhibitors are always appreciated.  If you, or someone you know, are interested in these areas, please contact our Exhibitors/Sponsors sub-committee chair, Debbie Youngblood, or any members of the Convention Planning Committee.  


We look forward to seeing you in San Antonio!



40th Annual Convention Committee

Ollie, Seay, Ph.D., Chair


Texas State University – San Marcos


Eva Aguirre 

Silent Auction/Exhibitors/Sponsors

The Center 


Connie Cisneros, Chair

Chair, Local Arrangements/


Tropical Texas Behavioral Health


Margo Childs

Awards/Nominations, Consumer Stipends/

Silent Auction/Exhibitors/Sponsors

MHMRA of Harris County


Pat Craig, Ph.D.

Chair, Consumer Stipends


Jermaine East


MHMRA of Brazos Valley


Steve Fitzner


Spindletop Center


Austin Hubbard

Consumer Stipends

Center for Life Resources

Andy Griffin, Ph.D.



Charlotte Kimmel, Ph.D.

Program/Local Arrangements


Melissa Rasco

Chair, Silent Auction/Local Arrangements



Bernadette Richardson

Local Arrangements/Silent Auction

Kenmar Residential Services 


Lisa Shelby

Program/Consumer Stipends

Austin Travis County Integral Care


Dion White

Chair, Local Arrangements

Center for Life Resources


Melissa Whitworth

Local Arrangements

Bluebonnet Trails Community Services 


Debbie Youngblood

Chair, Exhibitors/Sponsors

Daybreak Community Services

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