Disabilities History & Awareness: Calendar of Events

Date Event
March 26-28, 2015 Texas Association for Education and Rehabilitation for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TAER) Annual Conference (Held at Sheraton Arlington Hotel, 1500 Convention Center Drive, Arlington)
March 28, 2015 DeafNation Expo (Held at the Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 3, 500 East Cesar Chavez, Austin)
March 30, 2015 Webinar: Congregational Strategies for Reach Out (Cost: varies; Registration is required)
March 31, 2015 Webinar: Section 508 ICT NPRM – An Overview (Cost: free; Registration is required)
March 31, 2015 Webinar: Smart Technology in the Home (Cost: $49; Registration is required)
March 31, 2015 Young Adults Transitioning from High School to College (Held at Paramount Baptist Church Activity Center, 3801 Western Street, Amarillo)
April 1, 2015 Deadline: Nominations for the Sam Provence Award (Free to nominate)
April 1, 2015 Helping a Child with Special Needs Prepare from Transition from School: How to Achieve Independence and Life Success (Held at MHMRA Conference Center, Room B, 7033 Southwest Freeway, Houston)
April 1, 2015 Capitol Day for Personal Attendant Issues (Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Avenue)
April 1, 2015 Faces of Autism Kick-Off Reception. Artwork from local school students with autism spectrum disorder. (Held at Texas Southern University, Cecilia Scott Lane Building, 3100 Cleburne Street, Houston, TX 77004. 10:30a.m.-12:30p.m. Register through the Avondale House website.)
April 2, 2015 Webinar: Looking Ahead: Frontier Accessibility Issues (Free, registration is required)
April 8-11, 2015 Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Annual Convention and Expo (Held in San Diego, CA)
April 8, 2015 Webinar: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders: Boot Camp Basic (Free, registration is required)
April 9-11, 2015 American Foundation for the Blind Leadership Conference (Held at Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel, Phoenix, AZ)
April 9-11, 2015 Texas Association of the Deaf 48th Biennial Conference (Held at River-O-Rama at Leisure Resort, 1 River Lane, Fentress)
April 9, 2015 East Houston Family to Family Support Group (Held at Calvary United Methodist Church, 4819 Denmark Street, Houston)
April 10-11, 2015 PAUSE (Parents Advocating, Understanding, and Supporting Each Other) Retreat (Held at MD Resort, Aurora)
April 10, 2015 Deadline: 2015 Advocates in Disability Award Application (Cost: FREE; Formal application is required)
April 10, 2015 Play Group for Children Ages 0 - 3: Easter Seals Central Texas (Held at Archer's Place (Indoor Playground), Easter Seals Central Texas, 1611 Headway Circle, Austin)
April 11, 2015 Autism Society of Central Texas Ride and Run. Autism Society of Central Texas hosted bike ride and fun run; bikers and runners are required to do fundraising for sponsorship; volunteers to help run event are also needed. (Georgetown High School, 2211 North Austin Avenue, Georgetown, Texas. 7:30a.m.-TBD. Register as a biker, runner, or volunteer through the Autism Society of Central Texas website.)
April 11, 2015 Leaps for Autism Walkathon (Held at Austin's Colony Park, 2400 Austin's Colony Parkway, Bryan)
April 11, 2015 UH Clear Lake Autism Center Speaker Series: Naturalistic Teaching Strategies for Home and School (Held at University of Houston-Clear Lake Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 2700 Bay Area Blvd.)
April 12, 2015 Autism Support Group Meeting (Held at Foundation for Southeast Texas Auditorium, 700 North Street, Beaumont)
April 13, 2015 Challenging Autism Annual Luncheon. Houston Texans analyst John Harris shares his story of raising a son with autism. (Held at The Junior League of Houston, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, TX 77027. 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m. Tickets can be purchased through the Avondale House website.)
April 13-15, 2015 2015 Disability Policy Seminar (Held at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Washington, DC)
April 14-16, 2015 Ninth Annual Disability Matters North American (DMNA) Conference and Awards (Held at Simmons College, Boston, MA)
April 14, 2015 Webinar: Communicating to Be Inclusive: Making Sure Everyone is on Board (Registration is required)
April 14, 2015 Webinar: Chuck Noe in the Know: Autism and Behavior (Free, registration is required)
April 14, 2015 Webinar: Drugs and Alcohol under the ADA (Free, registration is required)
April 14, 2015 Autism 101: Simple Behavior Strategies (Held at the Brazos Valley Rehabilitation Center, 1318 Memorial Drive, Bryan)
April 15-17, 2015 11th Annual Texas Diversity & Leadership Conference (Held at the Westin Houston, Memorial City, 945 Gessner Road, Houston)
April 16, 2015 Webinar: 101 Assistive Technology Solutions You Can Make in Under One Minute (Free, registration is required)
April 17, 2015 Employment First San Antonio (EFSA) DisABILITY Employment Network Event (For more information and to register, contact Joseph Kenney at 210-331-0835 or joseph.kenney44@gmail.com)
April 18, 2015 Barbara Jordan Media Awards ceremony (Held at San Jacinto Hall on the University of Texas campus, Austin)
April 18, 2015 Coping with Dual Diagnosis in the Family (Memorial Drive United Methodist Church, 12955 Memorial Drive, Wesley Hall, Houston)
April 18, 2015 Behavior 101 (Held at Café Express, 3418 North Lamar Blvd., Austin)
April 18, 2015 2015 Fiesta Resource Fair (Held at Comanche Park 2, 2600 Rigsby Avenue, San Antonio)
April 18, 2015 Autism Community Night at the Ball Park (Held at Wolff Stadium, 5757 U.S. Hwy 90, San Antonio)
April 18, 2015 Disability Pride Parade and Festival (Parade held downtown Nacogdoches, beginning at the Fredonia Hotel)
April 18, 2015 Any Baby Can’s Fiesta. Option to complete a 5K run or two mile walk to support autism awareness; all proceeds go to the non-profit organization, Any Baby Can of San Antonio, which helps provide direction and guidance to families of children and youth with special needs. (Held at AT&T Center, 1 AT&T Center Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78219. 7:00a.m.-12:00p.m. Register for the walk, 5K run, or as a volunteer.)
April 18, 2015 Autism Community Night at the Ballpark. A special San Antonio Missions baseball game event with fireworks after the game. All Missions players, coaches, and staff will be wearing autism-themed special event jerseys, and a silent auction of the Mission’s jerseys will take place. 100 percent of ticket sales and auction purchases will benefit Autism Community Network San Antonio’s diagnostic, education, and training programs. (Held at San Antonio Missions Baseball, 5757 Highway 90 West, San Antonio, TX 78227. 7:05p.m.-TBD. Buy tickets for the game; use discount code “acn” to get discounted tickets at $10 per person, or see the Autism Community Network website for more details. )
April 19, 2015 Waco Walk for Autism and Family Fun Day (Held at Baylor University Campus, Fountain Mall, Waco)
April 21, 2015 Webinar: Parent and Family Support of Young Adults for Success in Employment ($35, registration is required)
April 21, 2015 Webinar: Diversity Training Through Leadership (Registration is required)
April 22, 2015 Webinar: Positive Behavior Intervention (Free, registration is required)
April 22, 2015 Webinar: Social Media for Beginners: Twitter 101 ($39, registration is required)
April 23, 2015 Webinar: Accommodating Employees with Mental Health Disabilities in Higher Education (Free, registration is required)
April 23, 2015 Webinar: Check In/Check Out for Students with Challenging Behaviors (Registration is required)
April 23, 2015 Lunch and Learn: The Post-School Transition. Dr. Maria Quintero speaks to parents and caregivers of children and young adults with autism about the post-school transition, options for government assistance, and supported employment. Lunch provided. (Held at Avondale House, 3737 O’Meara Drive, Houston, TX 77025. 12:00p.m.-1:00p.m. Register through the Avondale House website.)
April 24, 2015 Autism Awareness at UNT (Hosted by UNT Office of Disability Accommodation. Cost: FREE; Open to the public)
April 25, 2015 Peer Parent Mentor Training (Hosted by Texas Parent to Parent of Lubbock. Cost: FREE; Registration is required)
April 25, 2015 Walk Now for Autism Speaks Event, Abilene. Autism Speaks! non-profit organization hosted autism awareness walk for the Abilene area. (Held at Abilene Zoo, 2070 Zoo Lane, Abilene, TX 79602. Registering for the walk is free and can be done through the Autism Speaks Abilene website. )
April 25, 2015 7th Annual Autism Run / Walk. Fun run and walk to raise autism awareness; all proceeds from registration benefit the Autism Society of El Paso, a non-profit organization that promotes and advocates for the welfare of people of all ages with autism in the El Paso area. (Held at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta Drive, El Paso, TX 79905. 8:00a.m.-TBD. Register for the 5K fun run or walk.)
April 25 9th Annual Autism Awareness 5k & Fun Walk. 9th Annual Autism Awareness 5k & Fun Walk held in Sharyland, TX, in the Rio Grande Valley. This event is sponsored by the non-profit ACES3, which helps connect families with children with autism spectrum disorder to services and helps provide support through counseling and training. This autism awareness event had over 1200 participants last year and will include music, moon jumps, game trailers and more. (Held at Sharyland, TX, Rio Grande Valley. Registration: ACES3 Registration Page.)
April 25/May 2, 2015 From Stress to Strength. Two-part program created by professionals from Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital to train parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities in simple techniques that lower stress, anxiety, and depression. 9:00a.m.-1:00p.m. (Held at Avondale House, 3737 O’Meara Drive, Houston, TX 77025. 9:00a.m.-1:00p.m. Register by emailing Madelyn Gillentine; $10 per person, $5 childcare per child.)
April 26, 2015 Disability Resource Fair at Cameron Park Zoo (Held at Cameron Park Zoo, 1701 North 4th Street, Waco)
April 27, 2015 Webinar: Strategies for Congregations to Use in Building Awareness (Registration is required)
April 28, 2015 Webinar: Ask Chuck: Open Forum Q&A (Free, registration is required)
April 28, 2015 Living Independently Through Education (LITE) Scholarship Luncheon (Held at Amarillo Civic Center, Heritage Room, 401 South Buchanan)
April 28, 2015 Texas Autism Supplement (Held at Paramount Baptist Church Activity Center, 3801 Western Street, Amarillo)
April 29, 2015 Webinar: Guardianship for Individuals with Intellectual Disability: Trends and Issues (Free, registration is required)
April 30, 2015 Lunch and Learn: Nutrition for Individuals with Autism. Dr. Carol Redel offers medically-proven nutritional advice to replace the many myths about diet and autism. Lunch provided.(Held at Avondale House, 3737 O’Meara Drive, Houston, TX 77025. 12:00p.m.-1:00p.m. Register through the Avondale House website.)
May 2, 2015 2nd Annual Empowering Tools Conference (Hosted by Texas Parent to Parent. Cost: FREE; Registration is required. Port Isabel)
May 5, 2015 Webinar: Employee Engagement and Recognition: What Really Works? (Registration is required)
May 7, 2015 Parent Leadership Training: The Special Education Process (Held at Community Connections, 501 Pine Tree Road, Longview)
May 7, 2015 Webinar: Application of the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards (Free, registration is required.)
May 10-13, 2015 19th Annual ADA Symposium (Held at the Hyatt Regency, Atlanta, GA)
May 10, 2015 Down Syndrome Family Group (DSFG) End of the Year Party (Hosted by The Arc of Greater Beaumont. Cost: FREE; Registration is necessary. Beaumont)
May 11-13, 2015 John Slatin AccessU: Accessibility: Put People First (Held at St. Edwards University, 3001 South Congress Avenue, Austin)
May 12, 2015 Webinar: Stay at Work/Return to Work (Free, registration is required.)
May 12, 2015 Webinar: Friendship 101: Helping Learners with Autism Build Social Competence (Registration is required.)
May 13, 2015 Webinar: Using SSA Work Incentives to Transition to Employment (Cost: $25; Registration is required.)
May 14, 2015 Webinar: Tablet Technologies in the Special Education Classroom: Who, What, Why, and Where? (Cost: $39; Registration is required.)
May 15, 2015 How to Prepare for Next Year's ARD (Held at MHMRA Conference Center, Room B, 7033 Southwest Freeway, Houston)
May 19, 2015 Webinar: Diversity Inclusion Strategic Alignment (Cost: Varies; Registration is required.)
May 20, 2015 Webinar: Communications Skills: Boot Camp Basic (Free, registration is required.)
May 26, 2015 Self-Care for the Caregiver (Held at Paramount Baptist Church Activity Center, 3801 Western Street, Amarillo)

If you know of Disabilities History & Awareness events that are not represented on this calendar, please send an email to cper@dars.state.tx.us.

To see more events in your city and around Texas and the nation, visit the Governor´s Committee on People with Disabilities´ calendar.