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BEACH

If you’ve Built a sandcastle, you know that you

can Expand the castle walls to make them resistant to crashing waves, create new Abilities with draw bridges and moats to travel out or to have more safety, increase your Capacity by constructing wider or higher walls of sand, and that you can continue to build on the sandcastle to reach further Horizons down the beach. It helps when someone provides instructions. No one’s born knowing how to make a sandcastle.

The 2014 Texas Statewide Independent Living Conference is like Building a sandcastle on a Corpus Christi beach. Sessions and networking become your bucket and shovel. With these tools, you’ll increase your Capacity to become more independent, assist loved ones, or to provide information and resources for others. Meet as many people as you can . . . and discover ways to convert that little castle of sand into a stronger steel one! Steel products assist people with different Abilities to do, achieve, and believe more. Make Waves in Independent Living to take you to your dreams! We at the Texas State Independent Living Council wish you a great time and hope you “SEAS” the DAY!


Welcome ................................................................ i Hotel map.............................................................. 1 SILC staff ............................................................... 2 Lunches and Reception .............................................. 3 Keynote Speakers ..................................................... 4 Session Tracks ......................................................... 6 BEACH Conference Sessions ........................................ 9 BEACH Speaker Biographies ........................................ 19 SILC Charts............................................................ 31 Centers for Independent Living.................................... 33 Sponsors ............................................................... 35 Exhibitors and Donors ............................................... 36 Volunteers ............................................................ 37 Sponsors ............................................................... 38

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HOTEL MAP Conference sessions and exhibits will be held on the third floor of the Omni Bayfront Hotel. Accessible bathrooms are on the third floor, and also on the second floor near the escalator and ATM.

Omni Third Floor BEACH Conference area

Nueces Ballroom

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Registration

Laguna Madre

Corpus Christi Ballroom

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Partnership Room


SILC STAFF

SILC Council

Saul Herrera, Chairman, Midland Randell Resneder, Vice-Chairman, Lubbock Richard Couder, Treasurer, El Paso Karen Swearingen, Secretary, Rowlett Jim Batchelor, Council Member, Cooper Shannon Alexander, Council Member, Bryan Jim Brocato, Council Member, Beaumont Calvin Turner, Council Member, Austin Anna Hundley, Council Member, Dallas John Hobgood, Council Member, Lubbock Laurie Pryor, Ex-Officio, Austin

SILC Staff

Regina Blye, Executive Director Rebecca Coleman, Executive Administrator Seth Reed, Financial Officer Sandra Breitengross-Bitter, Project Analyst—State Plan for Independent Living Christine Martin, Web and Marketing Specialist— Transportation Works Christina Goebel, Project Specialist—Outreach & Education Kelle’ Martin, Project Specialist—Health & Fitness, Transportation Works Nour Hammoudeh, Project Assistant

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LUNCHES AND RECEPTION SUNDAY EVENING RECEPTION

MONDAY NETWORKING LUNCHEON

TUESDAY SILC AWARDS LUNCHEON

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Join us the first evening of the Texas Statewide Independent Living Conference for an array of appetizers and meet other attendees, speakers, and BEACH Conference sponsors at the only dressup event. Dress is semiformal, or short dresses or suits for women and suits for men to make a great impression.

At our first Networking Luncheon, sit at a speaker’s or sponsor’s table and discuss topics that matter most to you. Networking will help you locate resources, problem solve, and gather information—as well as make new friends. You’ll meet people you want to stay in touch with later!

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Every year, the Texas State Independent Living Council, or Texas SILC, opens public nominations for individuals or organizations that exemplify the Independent Living philosophy. Recognize community leaders with us while enjoying lunch on the house in the midst of old and new acquaintances.


Nick Scott

Sunday Welcome, Corpus Christi Ballroom At 16, a near fatal car accident left him paralyzed. Overweight and disparaged, Nick Scott was determined to transform his life. He is now a professional speaker and author who has a remarkable list of accomplishments; being a 2-time world powerlifting champion, professional wheelchair bodybuilder, professional wheelchair ballroom dancer, founder of www.Wheelchair-Bodybuilding.com and more! His mission is to instill the "can do" attitude in everyone he meets. Nick Scott’s website: SpeakerNickScott.com

“It doesn’t matter if my glass is half empty or half full, I am just grateful I have a glass.” –Nick Scott As a professional bodybuilder, wheelchair ballroom dancer, personal trainer, entertainer and motivational speaker, Nick Scott approaches everything he does with enthusiasm and conviction. His vision is to use his life experiences and abilities to inspire others and give them hope.

In this program, Nick establishes a connection and empowers you to tap into a higher level of personal strength than you ever thought you possessed. The key to accessing this dynamo within, you will learn, is to believe in yourself and step out courageously into action. The example Nick Scott provides through his powerful speaking and sheer strength of will has helped transform individuals ranging from professional athletes to senior executives, as well as staff from organizations and corporations nationwide. Let Nick Awaken the Fire Within you and you and you will break through to new heights of performance.

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K E Y N O T E

S P E A K E R S

Hank Moore

Monday Welcome, Corpus Christi Ballroom Hank Moore was a White House adviser to President Lyndon Johnson, serving as one of the authors of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He also advised President George Bush, as one of the architects of the Thousand Points of Light program for volunteerism and community stewardship. Moore is the nation's premiere expert on Big Picture issues...and how core business specialists may enlarge their scope and assume mantles of greater responsibility and recognition. He has overseen 400 strategic plans and corporate visioning processes and has conducted 300+ performance reviews of organizations.

Hank Moore has spoken on CCRC's, the business of assisted living, and healthcare issues. He has spoken at six Economic Summits and has presented think tanks for five U.S. Presidents. A senior citizen himself, Moore will speak about inspiring elders to remain active, engaged in community, and to stay motivated.

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.-Mother Teresa

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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Cheryl Fuller

Tuesday Awards Luncheon, Corpus Christi Ballroom

Communications.

Cheryl Fuller is the Assistant Commissioner for the DARS Division for Rehabilitation Services (DRS). Fuller leads the day-to-day activities of DRS, working closely with Commissioner Veronda L.Durden and the DARS leadership team to ensure that DRS programs fulfill the agency’s mission to work in partnership with Texans with disabilities to improve the quality of their lives and to enable their full participation in society. Prior to this, Fuller served as the Director of the DARS Center for Learning Management. She joined the agency in 2011, after serving for more than 11 years as Director of the Texas Workforce Investment Council in the Office of the Governor. Fuller graduated from Angelo State University with a bachelor’s in

Before joining DARS, Cheryl Fuller spent almost 12 years working on systembuilding issues and opportunities as Director of the Texas Workforce Investment Council. Join her in an interactive discussion where she explores the application of lessons she has learned in her new role as Assistant Commissioner for the DARS Division for Rehabilitation Services. Fuller will speak about the importance of focus, foundations and feedback, and how each plays a role in building a vibrant and effective network of partners and stakeholders. Consumers, family members, CIL and agency staff will hear opportunities to integrate their own unique and important role in the Independent Living network.

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SESSION TRACKS CAPACITY BUILDING

ADVOCACY

Awaken the Fire Within The Future Has Moved...and Left No Forwarding Address The Power of Us Outside the (Sand) Box: Transforming Lives with Innovation and Collaboration Partnering for the Future Mobility Partnerships to Serve How to Have a Successful Transportation Program Business Partnerships Make Cents Deafness, Diversity, and Delivery: How to Serve Persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing Basics of Grant Writing: It's Not Just About the Money Tool Box for Successful Employment Continuing Education for All! College Programs for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Maximizing Gifts and Talents with Asperger's

Fair Housing: It's Your Right The Future of Advocacy! Don’t Mourn ... Organize, Register and Vote!

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EDUCATION & YOUTH TRANSITIONS

But to make a difference in people's lives through advocacy and through supporting research - that's the kind of privilege that few people will get, and it's certainly bigger than being on TV every Thursday for half an hour.—Michael J. Fox

Continuing Education for All! College Programs for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Riding the Wave to Success: the Transition from High School to a Career Transitioning From School to Adulthood with Special Olympics Texas Sports Programs

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.— Nelson Mandela

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.—Albert Einstein

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MOTIVATIONAL

Overcoming "Limitations" and Becoming a Lighthouse to Others You Can if You Think You Can Maximizing Gifts and Talents with Asperger's AWARENESS

Disaster Preparedness Feeling Safe Being Safe Training Program Maximizing Gifts and Talents with Asperger's Deafness, Diversity, and Delivery: How to Serve Persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing Beyond Hearing Aids: What are the Next Steps?

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

TRANSPORTATION

Standing Wheelchairs: Reaching New Heights for Independence! There’s Probably More Than One App For That! Beyond Hearing Aids: What are the Next Steps? Assistive Technology Access to Independence EMPLOYMENT

Mobility Partnerships to Serve How to Have a Successful Transportation Program

Business Partnerships Make Cents Tool Box for Successful Employment Riding the Wave to Success: the Transition from High School to a Career Basics of Grant Writing: It's Not Just About the Money

Awaken the Fire Within Your STAR+PLUS Health Plan and You Standing Wheelchairs: Reaching New Heights for Independence! Facing PTSD with Profile Self-Confrontation Saying “No” to Dementia with Hearing Health and Fitness

HEALTH

Ships in harbor are safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.— John Shedd To reach a port we must set sail—Sail, not tie at anchor. Sail, not drift.—Franklin D. Roosevelt

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CEUs Want optional Credit Education Units? Attend qualifying one-hour sessions, complete the surveys, and take them to the Registration Desk. Wearing your name badge will make the process quicker.

BEACH CONFERENCE SESSIONS SUNDAY, MARCH 30 WELCOME AND KEYNOTE: 2:45 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

SESSION 1: Awaken the Fire Within Nick Scott

Monday Welcome, Corpus Christi Ballroom (See Keynote Section.)

4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m.

SESSION 2: Basics of Grant Writing: It's Not Just About the Money Carri George

4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m., Corpus Christi Ballroom A Do you wait until a funding opportunity is announced, and then scramble to get everything done and submitted by the deadline? Learn how to start developing your proposal before a funding opportunity is announced, how to evaluate the opportunity, and how to write to the opportunity. Practice with tools that will help you organize your presentation and show the funders your passion and commitment to your project.

“I am longing to be with you, and by the sea, where we can talk together freely and build our castles in the air.” –Bram Stoker

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SUNDAY, MARCH 30 (CONT.) 4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m.

SESSION 3: Outside the (Sand) Box: Transforming Lives with Innovation and Collaboration Judy Telge, Diana Ortega-Feerick, Linda Fallwell-Stover

4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m., Nueces Ballroom A When CILs take a leadership role with natural partners—workforce, vocational rehabilitation, educational institutions—a consumer-directed alliance and innovative initiatives result. Sharing leadership and responsibilities among the Corpus Christi disability community forged development of sustainable infrastructure and outcomes through the Mobility Options Project, Employment Alliance for People with Disabilities, EAPD-SHRM Partnership, and the Employment Transforming Lives production. Learn about the path taken beyond the Sand Box!

SESSION 4A: Disaster Preparedness Jim Batchelor, Jeff Dailey

4:15 p.m.-4:45 p.m., Nueces Ballroom B Disaster preparedness is important for everyone and even more so for those wanting to live independently. While every situation and person is different, there are steps that can be taken to make yourself as safe as possible in case of emergencies.

SESSION 4B: Feeling Safe Being Safe Training Program - a Strategy for Self-advocacy and Personal Preparedness Dawn Skaggs

4:45 p.m.-5:15 p.m., Nueces Ballroom B The Feeling Safe Being Safe Training Program is a strategy for including individuals with disabilities in emergency planning and creating working partnerships that invest in the capacity of each person. It is a lead-by-example, train-the-trainer program preparing individuals with a disability and other functional and access needs to take responsibility for their own preparedness. The program provides the tools to become personally prepared, and if you desire, learn to train others. DINNER ON YOUR OWN: 5:15 p.m.-7:00 p.m. EVENING RECEPTION: 7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Come dressed in your best to meet all the rest! Enjoy appetizers and beach-themed music while you meet speakers, attendees, and sponsors and exhibitors in the Corpus Christi Ballroom. Event sponsor Cigna-HealthSpring has a surprise for you too! Make Waves in Independent Living

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MONDAY, MARCH 31 BREAKFAST AND KEYNOTE 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

SESSION 5: The Future has Moved . . . and Left No Forwarding Address Hank Moore

Monday Welcome, Corpus Christi Ballroom (See Keynote Section.)

10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

SESSION 6A: Saying “No” to Dementia with Hearing Health and Fitness Keri Reynolds

10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m., Corpus Christi Ballroom B We will review current research and statistics that links hearing loss to dementia and discuss why the link exists along with how it impacts individuals and our society. (Research results are from studies done by Dr. Frank Lin from the John Hopkins school of Medicine.) This will be followed by an interactive look at websites and apps that use hearing and the other senses to stimulate ongoing cognitive learning so that both mental and hearing health is fostered. A bibliography will be provided.

SESSION 6B: Beyond Hearing Aids: What are the Next Steps? Keri Reynolds, Jennifer Lingvai

10:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m., Corpus Christi Ballroom B This workshop will provide information about hearing loss and treatments for hearing loss with a focus on implantable technology. Participants will be provided with an overview of the evaluation process for cochlear implant candidacy and review expectations, surgery and post-operation rehabilitation.

SESSION 7: The Future of Advocacy! Dennis Borel, Chase Bearden

10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m., Nueces Ballroom A The Future of Advocacy will explore the need for the disability community to engage nontraditional partners, understand the detractors’ use of mixed messaging, report cards, and the use of killer words like “mandates” to derail the disability movement, and the future importance of electoral politics. What techniques can we use to re-tool our movement?

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MONDAY, MARCH 31 (CONT.) SESSION 8A: Mobility Partnerships to Serve Lorri Hill, Marshall Burns

10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m., Nueces Ballroom B Transportation can play a key role in one’s ability to achieve greater independence within his or her community. For persons with disabilities, transportation might not be as simple as jumping in your car to go to work or to go shopping. In this session, you will learn about barriers to accessible transportation that persons with disabilities might face, and how different transit providers and the Coastal Bend for Independent living have partnered up to eliminate said barriers for people with disabilities to become mobile within the community of the Coastal Bend. Lorri Hill will present on the mobility options project and what it has done to help increase the opportunities for persons with disabilities. Marshall Burns will discuss how travel instruction and route familiarization helps persons with disabilities gain greater access and inclusion by using public transportation.

SESSION 8B: How to Have Successful Transportation Programs Christina White

10:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m., Nueces Ballroom B The Panhandle Center for Independent Living is the longest running New Freedom transportation program with the Texas Department of Transportation. With transportation needs rising, PILC assists people with disabilities in fixed route bus service, paratransit services, as well as emergency transportation. This session will help anyone understand how to have a successful transportation program for their area.

SESSION 9: Facing PTSD with Profile Self-Confrontation Damien Steinrich

10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m., Laguna Madre After struggling with PTSD undiagnosed for 4 years, Damien Steinrich finally sought help, and in doing so came across a unique therapy that ultimately saved his life. Profile SelfConfrontation is an effective brain-changing therapy that quickly relieves the symptoms of traumatic stress. This therapy gives the individual a new perspective of self and builds upon the new face.

NETWORKING LUNCHEON: 11:45 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Bring your business cards and prepare to exchange contact information! Sit with your favorite speaker or sponsor, or at a table designated for important Independent Living topics. The first 30 minutes of the luncheon are for table discussion. Next, you’ll hear briefly from some sponsors about their current work to increase access to services that enable independence. With thanks to them, we can make the 2014 Texas Statewide Independent Living Conference BEACH affordable! Make Waves in Independent Living

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MONDAY, MARCH 31 (CONT.) 1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

SESSION 10: Don’t Mourn...Organize, Register and Vote! Bob Kafka

1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m., Corpus Christi Ballroom B Is there a disability vote? Can the disability community be the swing votes that win elections? Explore the resources in Texas that can build the political influence of the disability community and our supporters.

SESSION 11: Riding the Wave to Success: the Transition from High School to a Career Bonnie Notargiacomo, Laura D. Marin

1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m., Nueces Ballroom A Many individuals in today’s society are faced with various challenges and decisions while “riding the wave” of life to independence. However, imagine if the person experiences significant vision loss or other disabilities which presents even more hurdles and barriers along their transition from adolescence to adulthood. This workshop will discuss how the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitation (DARS) – Division for Blind Services Vocational Rehabilitation program can help a person gain confidence and independence through guidance, support, and various other employment assistance services.

SESSION 12: Maximizing Gifts and Talents with Asperger's Daniel Durany

1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m., Nueces Ballroom B Daniel Durany will use an enthusiastic perspective about Asperger's during his time in school, the job world, and dating/relationships to share with parents, professionals, and others with his condition. Durany’s presentation discusses his childhood struggles in school, the transitioning experience from high school-to-college, and approaches to help others with experiences similar to his.

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MONDAY, MARCH 31 (CONT.) SESSION 13: Transitioning From School to Adulthood with Special Olympics Texas Sports Programs Mike Sullivan

1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m., Laguna Madre We at Special Olympics Texas are diligently trying to maintain the athletes that are presently participating but exiting the school systems of Texas and migrating to providerships, encouraging them to continue their participation with us by joining an already created adult team at the provider site, or by training them on how to start up a new team at the provider site that doesn't have a team. We also partner with the Texas Department of Disability Services at provider sites with the "Texercise" senior fitness program as a first step to starting a sports team at the provider site. All in an effort to provide recreation, leisure and quality of life opportunities for adults.

2:30p.m.-3:45 p.m.

SESSION 14A: Overcoming "Limitations" and Becoming a Lighthouse to Others Eva Storey

2:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m., Corpus Christi Ballroom B This session helps a person understand that a severe trauma doesn’t define who they are in society. Sequela (a pathological condition resulting from a disease, injury, or other trauma) can bestroke survivor is now a CEO to a disability-owned and operated, SignLanguage Company, helping communities nationwide. Achieving your goals is possible with a disability.

SESSION 14B: Overcoming "Limitations" and Becoming a Lighthouse to Others Donny Daughenbaugh

3:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Corpus Christi Ballroom B Donny Daughenbaugh is a combat-wounded veteran from the Iraq war. When he was injured—he was shot in the face—he experienced a newly disabling condition of seizures and migraines. Dealing with the injury has given Daughenbaugh a new outlook on life. He has begun working on a college degree and has recently been appointed a Regional Vice President for a nonprofit organization, the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, which provides emergency aid and other support services to troops who have been severely wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan. Session participants will be inspired to want to help others, gain confidence in their own abilities, and learn how to help others to see theirs. Last 15 minutes of Session 14 is dedicated to audience Questions & Answers.

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MONDAY, MARCH 31 (CONT.) 2:30p.m.-3:45 p.m.

SESSION 15: Continuing Education for All! College Programs for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Panel facilitated by Gerard Jimenez: Mariah Lossing, Sue Moraska, Jon Pierce-Shimomura, Ph.D.

2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m., Nueces Ballroom A Did you know that students with intellectual and developmental disabilities can continue their education beyond public school? Did you know that there are more than 200 college programs for students with IDD's in the U.S.? Come learn about college programs currently available for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Texas and across the country; the PSO Project and how it's designed to create new college programs in Texas; and the best practices in post-secondary education and vocational training.

SESSION 16: Business Partnerships Make Cents

Mary Saenz, M.S., CRC, Carlos Vargas, Melissa Gonzalez, Scott Neeley, Susan Gilbert, Miguel Rendon

2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m., Nueces Ballroom B People with disabilities benefit in knowing what businesses are looking for in an applicant. Participants will learn what benefits people with disabilities offer businesses and meet with businesses who hire people with disabilities to hear what they are looking for in applicants.

SESSION 17: There’s Probably More than One App for That! Melissa Padron, Amy Mitchem

2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m., Laguna Madre Smartphones and tablets are valuable tools for people who have disabilities. They help build capacity by enabling people to do a broad range of tasks from placing a phone call to communicating with text-to-speech. Participants will learn about a range of applications for different disabilities on both the Apple and Android platforms.

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MONDAY, MARCH 31 (CONT.) 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

SESSION 18: Fair Housing: It's Your Right Morgan Morrison

4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Corpus Christi B The session will cover basic fair housing rights (protected classes? exemptions? prohibited actions?); additional protections (the right to request reasonable accommodations/ modifications) available to people with disabilities; multifamily housing accessibility requirements; and resources if someone believes s/he has been a victim of housing discrimination. The session will include examples from actual cases.

SESSION 19: Standing Wheelchairs: Reaching New Heights for Independence! Brandon Edmondson

4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Nueces Ballroom A Standing is an intervention that has been gaining attention in recently. In addition to the physiological benefits of weight bearing (standing), the increase in functional performance that standing provides makes it a desirable feature on a wheelchair base. This session will look at the research supporting standing wheelchairs and will discuss how to use this research to support a consumer’s need for a standing wheelchair. Several successful case studies of people using standing wheelchairs (both manual and power) will also be shared.

SESSION 20: Tool Box for Successful Employment Peggy Cosner, Carma Franco

4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Nueces Ballroom B Learn various strategies from the Tool Box, which will develop your strengths and abilities in order to reach you own GREATNESS and land that job. Learn how to incorporate assistive technology on the job, understand what the employer is looking for during the interview, and how to win that interview and get that job through the latest tools and techniques.

SESSION 21: Partnering for the Future Anita Guy

4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Laguna Madre This Session will provide information on streamlining access to services through collaborative partnerships and advocacy. We will discuss the opportunities for advocacy and change created by such partnerships. Participants will have an opportunity to reevaluate their purpose and potential in future of the Independent Living Movement. 5:00 p.m. DINNER ON YOUR OWN AND SIGHTSEEING Make Waves in Independent Living

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Play Exhibitor BINGO, Win a Prize! Included in your bag is an EXHIBITOR BLACKOUT BINGO CARD. Present the card to each exhibitor for them to initial their square. Return the completed card to the Registration Desk by 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 31st to win a prize! You must be present during the Awards Luncheon to win.

TUESDAY, APRIL 1 BREAKFAST AND KEYNOTE: 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

SESSION 22: Success is Not a Destination; Success is the Journey Nick Scott

Morning Welcome, Corpus Christi Ballroom Our deepest fear is not that we may be inadequate; rather, it is that we may be more powerful than we ever imagined. In this exciting program, Nick Scott explains this profound truth, helping you to understand that it is the light within each of us, not the darkness, that we so often turn from in fear. That is tragic, because pretending to be smaller than we are does not serve the world. From the time we were children, we were all meant to shine. Nick will encourage you to let you own light shine, because in doing so, you give others permission to shine as well. This important message will liberate you from your fears, teach you how to recover quickly from mistakes and failures, and equip you to finish the race as a stronger and wiser person. It is possible to triumph in tough times—as long as we view obstacles as opportunities and harness the incredible strength within us.

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

SESSION 23: Deafness, Diversity, and Delivery: How to Serve Persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing Theresa Johnson, Susie Tiggs

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Corpus Christi Ballroom B Presenters will provide an overview of Deafness, to include cultural aspects of the Deaf community, how to determine appropriate access for services, the diversity of people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, and strategies for becoming more "Deaf friendly" as an agency, program or organization. Participant participation is encouraged.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 1 (CONT.) SESSION 24: Assistive Technology Access to Independence Rodrick Robinson, Richard Hopkins

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Nueces Ballroom A Attendees will learn about the new Assistive Technology loaner program in each region that will make Assistive Technology equipment accessible. They will gain knowledge on how using the proper equipment can help individuals return back to work or again computer access for their independence.

SESSION 25: You Can if You Think You Can Larry Johnson

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Nueces Ballroom B Our true worth comes not from what others may think or say about us, but from what we believe about ourselves. Attitude is what it's all about. “You can, if you think you can.” Rebound from adversity and follow your dreams.

SESSION 26: Your STAR+PLUS Health Plan and You: A Partnership to Maintain Independence Sandy Sullivan, Judy Telge

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Laguna Madre When a member enrolls with STAR+PLUS, the MCO becomes immediately invested and responsible in assisting the member to reach the highest level of function, and to maintain that level of function and independence for as long as possible. Person-centered planning is at the heart of the MCO’s strategy to offer members the highest level of satisfaction. What can you expect STAR+PLUS to do to meet the goal of assigning members to be where they want to be with the services they want and need?

SILC AWARDS LUNCHEON: 12:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

SESSION 27: The Power of Us Cheryl Fuller

1:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m. (During Awards Luncheon), Corpus Christi Ballroom (See Keynote section.)

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BEACH SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES BEACH speakers come from a variety of backgrounds. Many have disabilities or have family members with disabilities. They have worked hard to bring you up-todate information and resources so that you can increase your independence or provide resources to others.

Jim Batchelor ● Disaster Preparedness

Jim Batchelor is a veteran of the U.S. Army, a trained infantryman who focuses on helping people prepare for emergencies and making their lives more comfortable in the event of power outages and utility breakdowns.

Chase Bearden ● The Future of Advocacy!

Chase Bearden received his BA in Business from Concordia University. As Director of Advocacy for the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities, Bearden is called on for research, policy analysis and recommendations to the Texas Legislature and state agencies on issues surrounding disabilities. His service on advisory groups and boards includes appointments by Gov. Rick Perry to the Rehabilitation Council of Texas and the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners. He has successfully advocated for positive change in government policy and practice in employment, transportation, voting, education, health care and architectural barriers to promote the full inclusion of people with disabilities in community life.

Dennis Borel ● The Future of Advocacy!

Dennis Borel in his role as Executive Director of the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities is frequently called on for research, policy analysis and recommendations to the Texas Legislature and state agencies on issues surrounding disabilities. His service on advisory groups includes an appointment by Texas Health & Human Services Executive Commissioner Albert Hawkins to the Promoting Independence Advisory Council and by Gov. Rick Perry to the State Independent Living Council. He has successfully advocated for positive change in government policy and practice in employment, transportation, housing, health care and architectural barriers to promote the full inclusion of people with disabilities in community life.

Marshall Burns ● Mobility Partnerships to Serve

Marshall C. Burns has a bachelor’s in Psychology from Texas A&M. He is currently the Mobility Coordinator for the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority, where he is responsible for community transportation planning, coordination, navigation, and travel training for people with disabilities and older adults seeking Independent Living. He also worked for the South Texas Lighthouse for the Blind.

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Peggy Cosner ● Tool Box for Successful Employment

Peggy Cosner is the Executive Director of HOCTIL and has served on various State and local boards and committees relating to persons with disabilities. Cosner advocates for community living and promotes awareness of disabilities.

Jeff Dailey ● Disaster Preparedness

Jeff Dailey is a professor of national security at Angelo State University with a long history of service and teaching other life skills.

Donny Daughenbaugh ● Overcoming "Limitations" and Becoming a Lighthouse to Others

Donny Daughenbaugh is a combat-wounded veteran from the Iraq war. When he was injured—he was shot in the face—he experienced a newly disabling condition of seizures and migraines. Dealing with the injury has given Daughenbaugh a new outlook on life. He has begun working on a college degree and has recently been appointed a Regional Vice President for a nonprofit organization, the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, which provides emergency aid and other support services to troops who have been severely wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan. Session participants will be inspired to want to help others, gain confidence in their own abilities, and learn how to help others to see theirs.

Daniel Durany ● Maximizing Gifts and Talents with Asperger's

Daniel Durany will use an enthusiastic perspective about Asperger's during his time in school, the job world, and dating/relationships to share with parents, professionals, and others with his condition. Durany’s presentation discusses his childhood struggles in school, the transitioning experience from high school-tocollege, and approaches to help others with experiences similar to his.

Brandon Edmondson ● Standing Wheelchairs: Reaching New Heights for Independence!

Brandon Edmondson is a licensed occupational therapist, and graduated from University of Texas Medical Branch in 1999. Edmondson has worked in the provision of complex rehabilitation equipment for 13 years, servicing adults and children with a wide array of neurological diagnoses and mobility needs. He has presented to therapists and nurse case managers for 10 years on the importance of matching their patients mobility needs with the most functional solutions. He has worked closely with a model spinal cord center as well as an ALS/MDA clinic, and has first-hand experience of the rehab model. Edmondson was a partner in a complex rehab provider company in Texas and is now a member of the Permobil team in south Texas.

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Linda Fallwell-Stover ● Outside the (Sand) Box: Transforming Lives with Innovation and Collaboration

Linda Fallwell-Stover, a retired 30-year employee of the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority, has a track record of initiating change from within. She introduced her employer and the community to Easter Seals Project ACTION and the Accessible Transportation Coalition Initiative, and was responsible for the first functional assessment for para-transit eligibility at CC RTA. Fallwell-Stover is a principal partner with Caren Frost Cornelius in Fallwell-Frost Productions, designer of the multimedia art installation showcasing the transformative power of work in the lives of people with disabilities. The installation was inspired by the impact of the EAPD Job Fair on the lives of people with disabilities in the Coastal Bend.

Carma Franco ● Tool Box for Successful Employment

Carma Franco is the Director of HOCTIL Employment & Training. Franco works with various community organizations, including LULAC, veterans, and HR organizations.

Cheryl Fuller ● The Power of You (See Keynote section.)

Carri George ● Basics of Grant Writing: It's Not Just About the Money

Carri George has worked in the field of Independent Living for 29 years as a successful grant writer, advocate, executive director, trainer and facilitator. A native Texan, George "grew up" professionally in the I.L. Community in Texas and is the former director of Volar Center for Independent Living in El Paso. Carri now works for the University of Arkansas CURRENTS and directs projects focused on the issues of transition, leadership development, cultural diversity and Independent Living.

Susan Gilbert ● Business Partnerships Make Cents

Susan Gilbert is the Director of Human Resources for the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel, overseeing the hiring and development of associates and daily associate relations. She works closely with the Omni’s Loss Prevention team to ensure a safe working environment; assist in creating and maintaining the budget for the Associate Service Center department; plan and coordinate all associate-related activities; ensure they are in compliance with all laws and policies; and handle associate issues and concerns as they arise. The hotel has a staff of approximately 265 associates, which will increase to about 325 during season.

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Melissa Gonzalez ● Business Partnerships Make Cents

Melissa Gonzalez is the Operations Manager Recruiter for Stripes LLC. She institutionalized the DARS program for Stripes in Corpus Christi, Texas and surrounding areas. Gonzalez is a true contributor to the growth of the company and provides talent that makes Stripes successful. She graduated from the University of Houston and earned a bachelor’s in Business Administration with a major in Marketing.

Anita Guy ● Partnering for the Future

Anita Guy, currently the Center Coordinator for Disability Connections CIL in San Angelo, is a passionate advocate for independence, full inclusion, and the responsibilities that come with it. She has been a part of the Center's development since day one, building community relationships and active partnerships from the ground up. In 2011, with the help and support of local Consumers and key partnering agencies, LIFE Inc. dba Disability Connections, was the first Center in the State of Texas to be awarded the Aging and Disability Resource Center funding, providing streamlined access to services by creating a "No Wrong Door" for Consumers.

Lorri Hill ● Mobility Partnerships to Serve

Lorri Hill is a hard of hearing individual that is learning how to advocate for her needs as well as the needs of other individuals with disabilities. For the last two years, she has had a high involvement in the local mobility coordination arena, not only working one on one with individuals for their trip needs, but also on a program planning level with other organizations. Prior to working as a Mobility Coordinator, she worked as a program manager for individuals with various hearing loss of all ages for recreation, social, and work needs.

Richard Hopkins ● Assistive Technology Access to Independence

Richard Hopkins is the Program Specialist for Assistive Technology, Vehicle Modifications and Home and Job Site Modifications at the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services. He has worked in the field of Human Services from more than 34 years. Hopkins began his professional career as a vocational evaluator with Royal Maid Workshop for the Blind in Hazlehurst, Mississippi and later with the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. Richard relocated to Texas in the late 70’s and continued his career as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Disability Examiner, Regional Program Specialist, and Director of Programs with the Texas Rehabilitation Commission (TRC), the legacy agency of the Department of assistive and Rehabilitative Services. He earned his B.S. degree from Tougaloo College and his M.Ed. from Jackson State University.

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Gerard Jimenez ● Continuing Education for All! College Programs for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Gerard Jimenez serves on several boards and committees of organizations that represent people with intellectual and developmental disabilities at the local, state, and national level. Among them are the Texas Center for Disability Studies at the University of Texas, Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas, Texas Down Syndrome Advocacy Coalition, the National Down Syndrome Society, and the Austin Independent School District Special Education Advisory Committee. He also coaches two sports leagues for children with disabilities. Jimenez is a graduate of the internationally recognized Partners in Policymaking program and is the proud father of an adorable teenage girl who has Down Syndrome. Feel free to contact him at gerard@austin.rr.com.

Larry Johnson ● You Can if You Think You Can

Larry Johnson broadcast the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, the 1969 Apollo 11 “Lunar Landing,” was the first blind American newscaster on Mexican television, and was a twice-weekly featured TV Cultural Commentator in San Antonio on KSAT Chan.12. He is a co-founder and past president of the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities; co-founder and first Chairman of the Board of the San Antonio Independent Living Services (SAILS); member of the Board of Directors of the American Council of the Blind of Texas; present Chairman of Bexar County’s Technical Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities; and most recently was elected as a member of the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature. He is the author of several award-winning books.

Theresa Johnson ● Deafness, Diversity, and Delivery: How to Serve Persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Theresa Johnson works in the Educational Resource Center on Deafness, which is housed at the Texas School for the Deaf. She provides technical assistance and outreach to educators and rehabilitation and community members related to serving individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

Bob Kafka ● Don’t Mourn...Organize, Register and Vote!

Bob Kafka has been active in the movement for disability rights and services for 30 years. He is the Organizer for ADAPT and Co-Director of the Institute for Disability Access.

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Jennifer Lingvai ● Beyond Hearing Aids: What are the Next Steps?

Jennifer Lingvai is a Clinical Account Manager for MED-EL Corporation. Lingvai is a graduate of Ohio State University and received her M.Ed. in Audiology at the University of Virginia. She worked at the University of Miami Ear Institute before joining MED-EL in 2002. Since joining MED-EL, she provides clinical support for cochlear implants to the state of Texas.

Mariah Lossing ● Continuing Education for All! College Programs for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Mariah Lossing is the program director for the STEPS Program at Austin Community College, which serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has expanded STEPS from one class in ACC’s Highland Business Campus into a multi-campus vocational training and education development program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Lossing educates with the philosophy that every educational opportunity ACC STEPS offers should be as unique as the students served.

Laura Marin ● Riding the Wave to Success: the Transition from High School to a Career

Laura D. Marin graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation and has more than 25 years of experience in working with people who are blind or visually impaired. She is a certified orientation and mobility specialist (COMS) and worked with adults with the Lighthouse of Houston and school children at Region 4 Educational Service Center, as Orientation and Mobility/Low Vision Supervisor at Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center, and then as Texas Statewide Orientation and Mobility Consultant. Since 2007, Marin has been an Independent Living Program Specialist for Division for Blind Services. She is a member of Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER).

Amy Mitchem ● There’s Probably More than One App for That! Amy Mitchem is a current Graduate Student as South Dakota State University, where she is studying in the Counseling Human Resource Development Program to become a Certified Vocational Counselor. Her undergraduate studies were with West Texas A&M University where she obtained her Special Education teaching credentials. While interning with Brazos Valley Center for Independent living, she is able to pursue her passion of helping individuals with disabilities achieve a desired quality of life."

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Hank Moore ● The Future Has Moved...and Left No Forwarding Address (See Keynote section.)

Sue Moraska ● Continuing Education for All! College Programs for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Sue Moraska is the Director of the Houston Community College-VAST Academy, a comprehensive transition program serving students with intellectual disabilities who have a broad-range of “abilities;” a program she created and has nurtured for over 20 years that is now offered at two college locations. Most recently, HCC-VAST Academy was awarded a $2.5 million Department of Education “TPSID Grant” to expand its comprehensive transition programs, services and certificates that lead to employment and independence for students with intellectual disabilities. Moraska coined the VAST Academy motto: “Education + Employment = Independence.”

Morgan Morrison ● Fair Housing: It's Your Right

Morgan Morrison has been the fair housing testing coordinator at the Austin Tenants' Council since 2007. She holds a master's degree in social work from the University of Texas at Austin.

Scott Neeley ● Business Partnerships Make Cents

Scott Neeley is CEO of the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority and has expertise in all facets of public transit service modes, restorative leadership, and regional development of transportation organizations. He has worked toward an agency-wide accessibility policy with the CCRTA. Neeley has a bachelor's in Political Science and a master's in Public Administration.

Bonnie Notargiacomo ● Riding the Wave to Success: the Transition from High School to a Career

Bonnie Notargiacomo has over 16 years of experience working with people with disabilities and has a master’s degree in Rehabilitation counseling. Her first ten years was spent working for an Independent living center in South Texas. She then moved on to working with the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, where she has held many different positions ranging from Vocational Rehabilitation Teacher to VR Counselor, VR Coordinator and currently a VR Program Specialist for the Division for the Blind. She is a strong advocate and over the years has acquired a lot of experience and has had the good fortune to participate in many leadership programs from both a national and local level.

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Diana Ortega-Feerick ● Outside the (Sand) Box: Transforming Lives with Innovation and Collaboration

Diana Ortega-Feerick is a Board member of the Employment Alliance for People with Disabilities (EAPD) and Member of the City of Corpus Christi Committee for Persons with Disabilities. She currently works as a Disability Specialist at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi. Diana is also participating in development of the EAPD and The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) initiative as an EAPD board member and as an advocate for individuals with varying abilities. Ortega-Feerick states, “The EAPD-SHRM’s strategic partnership will continue to help increased opportunities for people with various abilities to engage in the employment mainstream, empower business performance by leveraging best practices in diversity and inclusion, and build and sustain workplaces that embrace equality and equal opportunity in the Coastal Bend.”

Melissa Padron ● There’s Probably More than One App for That!

Melissa Padron is an Independent Living Facilitator with the Brazos Valley Center for Independent Living. She provides assistive technology demonstrations to consumers and members of the public, and facilitates BVCIL’s monthly “There’s an App for That” class. Padron has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Texas A&M University at College Station.

Miguel Rendon ● Business Partnerships Make Cents

Miguel Rendon has more than 30 years of experience in providing direct security services and expertise vital to national security. He is a consultant for Amtex Security/LR Global, LLC., and for the past four years has been President of the Corpus Christi Subchapter for the Texas Rehab Action Network, TRAN, which has helped educate his community and create awareness about the value of people with disabilities. Rendon served as Military Police in the U.S. Army and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Southwest Texas State University.

Keri Reynolds ● Saying “No” to Dementia with Hearing Health and Fitness

Keri Reynolds has an undergraduate degree in Education and a master’s in Counseling. As a bilateral Cochlear Implant user for the last 10 years, Reynolds has personally experienced the impact of hearing loss and what it means to enjoy renewed quality of life through a CI. As the Southwest Outreach Manager for MED-EL Corporation, she enjoys the opportunity to share her knowledge and experiences with users, potential users, professionals, support groups and more.

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Mary J. Saenz, M.S., CRC ● Business Partnerships Make Cents

Mary J. Saenz is Business Relations Consultant for the Division for Rehabilitation Services, has served people living with disabilities throughout the State of Texas for more than two decades. Saenz has earned accolades and awards for passion, commitment and superior job performance, including 2005 DARS’ Counselor of the Year and Texas RehabAction Network’s 2013 Committee Member of the Year for the TRAN Conference in Corpus Christi.

Nick Scott ● Awaken the Fire Within; Success is Not a Destination; Success is the Journey (See Keynote section.)

Jon Pierce-Shimomura ● Continuing Education for All! College Programs for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Because he has a son with Down Syndrome, Jon Pierce-Shimomura, Ph.D. is committed to improving the lives of people with Down Syndrome/Intellectual Disabilities through creating educational and employment opportunities, and by conducting medical research on DS. Since he started a research lab at UT Austin in 2008, Pierce-Shimomura has worked with the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas to launch an exciting educational program aimed at adults with DS/ID on the University of Texas at Austin campus. He says they have kept their program affordable with UT Informal Classes to ensure that inclusive education can be maintained life-long at the college level. jonps@austin.utexas.edu | 512-232-4137

Rodrick Robinson ● Assistive Technology Access to Independence

Rodrick Robinson is Founder and CEO of New Life Medical Equipment. Headquartered in Dallas, New Life specializes in complex rehab, home modifications, assistive technology and durable medical equipment throughout the state of Texas. Always willing to go the extra mile and lend a helping hand, Robinson has been recognized by the Texas State Independent Living Council, Texas Works! Disability Expo, Irving Advisory Committee on Disabilities and Department of Assistive and Rehabilitation Services for his continued participation and support of the community. He received a Bachelor of Administration degree from the University of North Texas in Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management.

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Dawn Skaggs ● Feeling Safe Being Safe Training Program - a Strategy for Self-advocacy and Personal Preparedness

Dawn Skaggs, MA, has extensive years’ experience with children, youth, families, communities and agencies in a vast diversity of geographic, ethnic, and societal environments. She incorporates her background in educational psychology, coaching, development, and integrated learning to develop culturally and linguistically competent programs, training, and tools. As faculty for the University of Hawaii, Center on Disability Studies, she coordinated multiple systems change projects establishing best practices and building agency and consumer capacity. She is currently the Whole Community Training Project Director at BCFS HHS Emergency Management Division.

Damien Steinrich ● Facing PTSD with Profile Self-Confrontation

Damien Steinrich is a combat veteran of 1st Cavalry Division and has been diagnosed with PTSD. During his treatment with Profile Self-Confrontation, his life changed and he felt the need and desire to get this treatment to others who may benefit from the amazing and unique technique this therapy has to offer. He has an associate's degree in Computer Science and will be receiving his bachelor's in Computer Science with a minor in Psychology next spring.

Eva Storey ● Overcoming "Limitations" and Becoming a Lighthouse to Others

Eva Storey is a five-time stroke survivor who also suffered from seizures, post trauma, after several medical procedures due to malpractice. With a three-year recovery, she bounced back into her chosen career path and holds certification and degrees within: Business Management, Computer Forensics, Crime Investigations, Languages, Graphic Design, and Visual Communications. She grew into the medical field with a love of advocating for ALL peoples' rights. Storey is an 11-year State of Texas Detective and is also president and CEO to Sign Shares, Inc. the first Sign Language interpreting agency within the US that opened four years before the ADA Laws came into effect. Sign Shares is going international in 2014.

Sandy Sullivan ● Your STAR+PLUS Health Plan and You: A Partnership to Maintain Independence

Sandy Sullivan, RN, is the Vice President of Health Services for CignaHeathSpring STAR+PLUS, and is a Certified Case Manager. She has been involved for the past 15 years in the STAR+PLUS program, and part of each STAR+PLUS expansion in Texas. Sullivan’s deep passion about STAR+PLUS is colored by the fact she has been a primary caregiver for the past 13 years to two dearly loved relatives, one in STAR+PLUS, one in Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS). She knows how important it is to get the services you need.

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Mike Sullivan ● Transitioning From School to Adulthood with Special Olympics Texas Sports Programs

Mike Sullivan for Special Olympics Texas is extremely informative, entertaining and thought provoking. He will capture your hearts with his spirit and passion for what he does and for the people he represents. The audience will be kept on the edge of their seats with humorous comments, content and references. He represents a wonderful population of individuals that deserve someone like him to advocate for them the way he does in his presentations.

Judy Telge ● Outside the (Sand) Box: Transforming Lives with Innovation and Collaboration; Your STAR+PLUS Health Plan and You: A Partnership to Maintain Independence

CBCIL Interim Executive Director Judy Telge co-founded the first CIL in the area, which became the Coastal Bend Center for Independent Living in 2002. No stranger to mission-based creative programming and securing diverse funding, Telge built the Center from the ground up, currently boasting 19 staff, 18 funding sources (RSA is only 19% of total revenue), three offices. CBCIL is the first CIL in Texas to own its own property. “Partnerships were essential to building our CIL and filling gaps in services for individuals with disabilities,” Telge claims, “and we continue to be the primary advocacy effort in our service area.”

Susie Tiggs ● Deafness, Diversity, and Delivery: How to Serve Persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Susie Tiggs works as an Education Consultant at the Education Service Center in Ft. Worth. She provides training across the state on topics related to serving individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Deafblind and has numerous years of experience in the classroom with these populations of students.

Carlos Vargas ● Business Partnerships Make Cents

Over the past 20 years, Carlos Vargas has gained experience in the transportation field in a variety of roles. Working in managerial positions for Pharr-San Juan-Alamo I.S.D., McAllen I.S.D, and, most recently, MV Transportation, Carlos achieved expertise in route efficiency and passenger safety and satisfaction. He has earned numerous certifications in the transportation field, including MV University General Manager training, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service Instructor, Texas DPS Accident Investigator, Texas DPS Child Restraint Technician, and Texas Association for Pupil Transportation Instructor. He is also a committee member for the Corpus Christi Committee for Persons with Disabilities.

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Christina White â—? How to Have Successful Transportation Programs

Christina White has been Transportation Coordinator for Panhandle Independent Living Center's TxDOT transportation program since 2010. She is active in the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission transportation group and has trained over 500 consumers to travel via public transportation. She has a bachelor's in Social Work for West Texas A&M University.

I would pretend I was a mermaid, and, you know, I would go on all these adventures. —Jessica Long, Paralympic gold medalist

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SILC CHARTS

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CENTERS FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING

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S P O N S O R S Founders

Ocean

Gulf Bay

What would the ocean be like without Islands, Starfish, Fish, and Anchors? About the same as the Texas Statewide Independent Living Conference BEACH without Sponsors! During the second half of Networking Luncheon Monday, Sponsors will share about their current projects and programs to help people achieve greater independence. Take the time to thank them for making the conference more affordable and accessible to all!

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EXHIBITORS AND DONORS EXHIBITORS SignShares Ɵ Amerigroup Ɵ Texas Department of Transportation Ɵ UnitedHealthcare Cigna-HealthSpring Ɵ Recording Library of West Texas/IAAIS Ɵ City of Corpus Christi Coastal Bend Center for Independent Living Ɵ Hill Country Orthotics and Prosthetics New Life Medical Equipment Ɵ Austin Tenants' Council The Center for Higher Independence at Providence Place Texas Talking Book Program Ɵ The Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Center Universal Lifestyle Products / Culnat,LLC Ɵ MED-EL Corporation South Texas Lighthouse for the Blind Ɵ Advanced Bionics Ɵ Alamo Consumer Direct CaptionCall Ɵ Cochlear Americas Ɵ Adaptive Driving Access Special Olympics Texas Ɵ Texas Ramp Project National Federation of the Blind of Texas Newsline Ɵ Trips Inc.

DONORS James Avery Jewelry is a proud sponsor of the 2014 Texas Statewide Independent Living Conference.

Omni Bayfront Hotel Ɵ HDS Medallion® Ɵ Austin Screen Printing Corpus Christi Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Ɵ Texas State Aquarium U.S.S. Lexington Ɵ Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Ɵ Nueces County Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority Coastal Bend Center for Independent Living Ɵ South Texas Lighthouse for the Blind Art Museum of South Texas Ɵ South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center

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V O L U N T E E R S The Texas SILC would like to thank its Leadership & Advocacy Committee,

or PAC, for their dedication for helping to plan several conferences, including BEACH. PAC members explored access needs well before the BEACH Conference. They also researched transportation and provided Braille materials for the Omni and the BEACH Conference. Marshall Burns, Lorri Hill, Casey Hertel, Marshall Mitchell, Olachi Ezeh, Henry Palacios, Crystal Garcia, and Juan Ramirez

PAC members explore Corpus Christi.

We’d also like to thank:

The Texas SILC Conference Committee with board members Saul Herrera, Randell Resnder, Karen Swearingen, and Jim Batchelor. Shannon Alexander helped also. Linda Levine, Devan Gartman, and Nour Hammoudeh (before she joined staff) for their dedication to conference planning. Omni staff, especially Amanda Campbell, for dedication to excellence and access. Emerald Beach staff, for helping us to meet the need for additional ADA rooms. Judy Telge and CBCIL staff and board for the dedication to making sure transportation in Corpus was made as accessible as possible and sensitivity training to Omni staff. The City of Corpus Christi, the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority, Parks & Recreation, and Nueces County for making an accessible beach possible down the road from the Omni with full access and for planning for all your transportation for months. Mary Wambach, for offering support, increasing awareness for Deafness and hearing loss, and assisting us in making connections. Gerald Goebel, Jay Davis, Charm Cowart for their service for others, wherever they go. Pier 99 Restaurant at North Beach, for updating their ramp so it was safer…quickly. Rep. Abel Herrero and District Director Matilda Saenz for offering leadership to our PAC. Mary Saenz for working for months to bring together businesses that hire people with disabilities so that we can increase the potential for individuals with different abilities to get employment. Gerard Jimenez for dedicating himself to the long task of creating a panel on post-secondary opportunities for individuals with IDD. Both Mary and Gerard went well beyond was was required. South Texas Lighthouse for the Blind for assistance with providing Braille documents. The various members of HLAA Austin Chapter for their assistance and support. We hope we haven’t forgotten anyone. If we did,it’s not intended. We are thankful for all of you!

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S P O N S O R S

STAR+PLUS from UnitedHealthcare Community Plan can mean a life-enhancing difference for your loved one – and for you. Our members get a Service Coordinator who will help them get to doctor appointments. Their Service Coordinator can answer questions about medications. They can even find someone to do the grocery shopping and housecleaning. Like you, we’ll work hard to help your loved one stay healthy at home. Members also get:

Make an important call for your loved one today. 1-888-887-9003 (TTY: 711) • • • • •

Home care services like bathing, cooking and cleaning. Prescription drug coverage, including preventative vaccines. Medical supplies like gloves, food supplements and adult diapers. Home modifications like wheelchair ramps and shower grab bars. Transportation to some doctor appointments and pharmacies.

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Bienvenidos! a Corpus Christi Texas SILC and IL partners

invite you to visit our Center (at 1537 Seventh Street) & other hot spots in the Sparkling City by the Sea

with these Mobility Options:

Public transportation RTA Bus Fixed Route – (361) 883-2287 RTA ParaTransit (B-Line) – (361) 289-5881 24 hour advanced scheduling required

Private transportation Green’n’Go Taxi (accessible cabs) – (361) 299-9999 OnTime Taxi (no accessible cabs) – (361) 444-4444 (Say “Coastal Bend” at time of request)

Rental Vehicles A.D.A. Mobility (accessible vans) - (361) 852-0922 VISIT CBCIL’s BOOTH for • Book Signing with Joseph Huerta for autographed copy of “Broken Brain” • “Transforming Lives” Art Installation

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