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1st Annual West Texas Parent Conference
May 14 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pmFree
Welcome to the 1st Annual West Texas Parent Conference!
This conference is brought to you by partnering agencies: Paso del Norte Children’s
Development Center, Education Service Center 19, Children’s Disabilities Information
Coalition, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital with a UT Texas Center
for Disabilities Studies and supported by the Newborn Screening Division of the Department
of State Health Services. This is our first collaboration to bring a parent conference to West
Texas. We have gathered to offer a full-day conference for families of children with
disabilities and the friends and professionals who work with them. We offer you an
opportunity to gather important information to aide you in supporting your child, student,
friend or loved one with a disability.
The line-up of speakers and topics is sure to help fill your toolbox of strategies and ideas.
You are sure to leave here encouraged and challenged, with a head-full of ideas to ponder
and research. Take advantage of these engaging, knowledgeable speakers and learn all you
can, and leave this place with a refreshed determination to create a good life for your child.
We have a great group of sponsors and exhibitors this year. Please visit their information
tables. You will find valuable information and can connect with resources in our community.
While you are visiting the tables be sure to meet other families and professionals. This
conference offers some great networking opportunities.
Thank you to the many that made today possible. It takes lots of hard work to pull off an
event of this size. And a huge thanks to the Starlight Event Center.
If you would like to receive information about the next West Texas Conference, be sure to
sign up with the conference planning partner organizations so that you will be on the email
lists for upcoming events.
Enjoy the conference!
We are extremely excited that you will be joining us for a day of learning and personal interaction with professionals and other families. This will be our first in-person event after the pandemic started and we are very grateful for having such wonderful partners bringing this conference to the families in El Paso area.
8:00-9:00 a.m. Registration / Breakfast
9:00-9:15 a.m. Welcome
9:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Opening Keynote Session
10:30-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45-12:00 a.m. Morning Breakout Session
12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch Break
1:00-2:00 pm Afternoon Breakout Session
2:00-2:15 p.m. Break
2:15-3:15 p.m. Closing Keynote Session
3:15-3:25 p.m. Closing Remarks
OPENING KEYNOTE SESSION 9:15 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. ROOM
□ Medical One-Page Descriptions Rio Grande Summit Room
MORNING BREAKOUT SESSION 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ROOM
□ My Rights My Life: A Curriculum for Safer Relationships Sunset Room
□ Functions of Behavior – (session in Spanish) Scenic Drive Room
□ May be FUN for You… but it’s WORK for Me! Trans Mountain Room
□ Early2Exit Transition Introduction for Families Rio Grande Summit Room
□ How Stress Affects Children and How to Manage It Mission Trail Room
AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSION 2: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ROOM
□ Hopelighting Book Sunset Room
□ Supporting Executive Functioning with Assistive Technology Scenic Drive Room
□ Parent Leadership: Serving on Groups Trans Mountain Room
□ Mindfulness to Reduce the Stress and Anxiety (Session in Spanish) Mission Trail Room
□ Admission, Review & Dismissal (ARD) 101 Rio Grande Summit Room
CLOSING KEYNOTE SESSION: 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. ROOM
□ The top 5 Reasons a Child Sees a Genetic Specialist and a Rio Grande Summit Room