TEXAS COUNCIL for
DEVELOPMENTAL
DISABILITIES

Upcoming and Past Programs

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Upcoming Programs

Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are living longer and future family planning remains a vital focus. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, in partnership with the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities, will host a webinar series on the emerging topic of family future planning. Presenters will discuss family future planning barriers, strategies and planning processes, and future planning for aging adults with IDD.

July 13, 2022 | noon to 1 p.m. CT
Family Future Planning: Taking the Big Step to Plan

It is important for families of individuals with IDD to plan for the future, especially as parents age. However, there are barriers that make it difficult to start the dialogue and take the big step to plan. In this session, you will learn about the importance of future planning and how to break through the barriers and start the conversation. We will discuss what the future planning process looks like and the positive outcomes that can result.

July 20, 2022 | noon to 1 p.m. CT
Nuts and Bolts of Family Future Planning

Planning for the future can seem really overwhelming for families. In this session we will break it down into manageable steps and discuss the various areas to think about when planning. This will include legal and financial planning, residential plans, communication supports, and building relationships and social support networks. In this webinar, you will hear one family’s story of planning for the future as they went through the nuts and bolts of the process. Resources for planning will be shared.

July 27, 2022 | noon to 1 p.m. CT
Engaging with Aging in the Future Planning Process

As families plan for the future, they will be engaging with the aging process as well. All members of the family are aging and with this come things to consider for future planning. In this webinar, you will learn about ways to promote the health of the individual with IDD as they age, retirement considerations, and end of life planning along with supporting grief and loss. Information will be shared about interventions that have been developed to help families with future planning as they age.

Accommodations
Live transcriptions will be provided for this webinar series. If you require additional accommodations to participate, please contact Morgan Bradley at morgan.bradley@ag.tamu.edu at least four days prior to each event.

Meet the Speakers
Tamar Heller, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor heads the Department of Disability and Human Development, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and its University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. Tamar also directed the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Developmental Disabilities and Health and the Family Support Research and Training Center. Her research focuses on health and long-term services and supports for individuals with disabilities and their families. She serves on the executive council, directs its publication committee, and is Vice President of the Americas for the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD), was President of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) board, a delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging, and co-founder of the national Sibling Leadership Network.

Katie Arnold is the Associate Project Director at the Institute on Disability and Human Development at UIC, Illinois University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. Katie is passionate about supporting people with disabilities and their families to live full lives. Katie has helped to grow the sibling movement across the country in her role as Executive Director of the Sibling Leadership Network (SLN), a national nonprofit with state chapters that provides information and support to siblings of people with disabilities throughout their lifespan. Her sibling experience has shaped her world view and influenced her career path.

Past Programs

The final session of this three-part workshop series covered professional attire, accommodation requests, workplace expectations, and strategies for professional development. 

This session covered interview do’s and don’ts, how to practice and prepare for an interview, disability status disclosure, requesting accommodations, interview attire, and post-interview steps for success.

The session was part of a three-part workshop series that covered practical job-seeking strategies such as resume writing, interview preparation and skills, and professionalism in the workplace. 

This session provided practical strategies for creating effective resumes and determining key skills and experiences to highlight. Dr. Lakshmi Mahadevan, associate professor and extension specialist for special populations at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, led the session.

The session was part of a three-part workshop series that covered practical job-seeking strategies such as resume writing, interview preparation and skills, and professionalism in the workplace. 

This session explored the importance of identifying the roles of family members and other support people involved in the career preparation and job searches of people with developmental disabilities. Presenter Ali Ramos, LMSW, of Equitable Living, discussed the positive impact of family supports on job seeking and employment outcomes. 

This two-part webinar explored the importance of identifying the roles of family members and other support persons involved in the career preparation and job searches of people with disabilities. The event was led by Candace Davis, a rehabilitation services professional and owner of Guidepost Workforce Support.

This webinar included discussions about vocational rehabilitation services, training opportunities, Social Security benefits, and employment navigation. The webinar was led by Vanessa Vera, business relations coordinator at the Texas Workforce Commission Vocational Rehabilitation Division.

This webinar covered soft-skills training, opportunities for workplace exposure, employee retention, and strategies for remote work. Attendees learned about concepts and topics such as self-advocacy, self-determination, requesting accommodations, ongoing adaptations, and developing advancement skills in the workforce. The webinar was led by Dr. Lakshmi Mahadevan, associate professor and extension specialist for special populations at AgriLife.

This panel included discussions on best practices for hiring people with IDD; understanding and meeting the needs of employees with IDD; understanding the benefits of an inclusive working environment; expectations, challenges, and keys to success for employees with IDD; and accommodations and legal issues

Panelists included Heather Choate from The Dual After School Program, Elizabeth Kendall from the H-E-B Disability Bridges Program, Chevella Layne from Goodwill Industries of East Texas, and Brad and Karen Thompson from The TURN Center and The HALI Project. The panel was moderated by TCDD Regional Coordinators Morgan Bradley and Rosa Guel.

This panel highlighted self-advocates (people with disabilities) from across the state. Panel discussions covered each self-advocate’s journey to employment; resources for job seekers; professional development and training opportunities; and challenges and barriers in the workplace.

Panelists included Kyle Cox, Jesse Garza, Hali Thompson, and TCDD Council Member Eric Shahid. The panel was moderated by TCDD Regional Coordinators Morgan Bradley and Rosa Guel.