Read our monthly calendar to stay informed about special needs events, classes, parent training opportunities and support group meetings taking place in Houston and surrounding communities.
These listings are emailed to Mikey's Place by various organizations in the Greater Houston area which we are happy to share with you.  These organizations and Mikey's Place do not necessarily endorse the following listings; they are provided to you for informational purposes only. 

February-March 2019

March 1st, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm “Deaf and Hard of Hearing Student Fair”. Located at Region 4 ESC - MCC 101, MCC 102, MCC 104, MCC 201, MCC 202, MCC 203, MCC 204, MCC 205, MCC 206, MCC 207, MCC 100ABCDEF, 7145 West Tidwell, Houston, TX 77092. Students are invited to attend this informational event to explore resources that can help them transition to life after high school. Representatives from colleges, career services, and various agencies will share what specialized services and supports they offer students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Topics will relate to postsecondary education and training, employment, and independent living. Session and materials costs are partially funded by state and federal grants. Registration fee: $5/person. 

March 2, 10:30 am - Noon, "Transitioning from Public School" Located at Epilepsy Foundation Support Group, 2401 Fountain View Dr, #900, Houston, 77057  

March 3rd, 3:30 pm “Sensory-Friendly Performance: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”. Located at Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston, 3400 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002. "I went to sleep with gum in my mouth, and now there's gum in my hair, and when I got out of bed this morning, I tripped on the skateboard, and by mistake I dropped my sweater in the sink while the water was running, and I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day." This wonderfully fun musical teaches children of all ages to share their feelings and reminds us all that bad days can happen to anyone – even in Australia! Recommended for Kindergarten and up. These Sensory-Friendly performances will provide children and their families an opportunity to attend a performance modified to meet sensory needs giving access to live theater to ALL children. Each performance offered as Sensory-Friendly will incorporate the following changes: Increased lighting in the house/seats throughout the performance, lower sound levels, additional trained staff on hand to provide patrons with assistance when needed, prompt books for family members to prepare for the show, fidget toys are welcome, and a quiet room is provided. Children under the age of 3 (including sleeping babies) are not allowed in the theater. Use code FRIENDLY1819 when you purchase online or over the phone at 713-524-6706 and receive 50% off your tickets! 

March 4th, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm “Effective School Services for Students with Intellectual Disabilities”. Located at The Harris Center. 9401 Southwest Freeway. Room 104. Houston, TX 77074. In this presentation, Karen Snead, the Director of Education at The Arc of Greater Houston will be discussing the types of special education services that may help a child with intellectual disabilities succeed to the best of their ability. Important considerations such as curriculum, behavior, testing, goals and transition related services will be covered. Register here.

March 4th, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm “Ways to Intrinsically Motivate Children of all Learning Styles (#14923)”. Located at LSC-Montgomery - The University Center (TUC), 3rd Floor, 3232 College Park Dr., Conroe, TX 77384. Let’s talk about ways to help young learners motivate themselves and love self-directed learning. This affects how well they remember their learning and the joy they get in being in-the-flow. Designed for families, professionals, and caregivers of learning differences. Open to all members of Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL). $20/learner for processing costs, payable to ADDA-SR. For more information, email gayle.Fisher@usa.net.

March 6th, 9 am - 10 am, "Creating Student Portfolios", Location: Goose Creek ISD Administration Building, 4544 Interstate 10 Service Rd, Baytown, TX, 77520. Students are more than a disability label and what you read in an IEP. Learn from Family to Family Network how to create a portfolio that can be used to promote communication & inclusion in the classroom, self advocacy in ARD meetings, and assist with transition.

March 6th, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm “Special Education 101”. Located at The Harris Center. 9401 Southwest Freeway. Room 104. Houston, TX 77074. Special Education 101 is a helpful overview of federal and state law governing public school, special education services. Child and parent rights are discussed along with referral processes, evaluation procedures and practical tips for securing an appropriate education in the least restrictive environment. Registration required.

March 7th 9:30 am “Java Thursdays: Finances Part 2: Taxes and Estate Planning by CPA Guest Speaker”. Located at 1830 Kersten Drive, Houston, TX, 77043. The financial challenges of having children with disabilities can be overwhelming. Mr. Steele will offer suggestions on how to plan, save and pay for the expenses placed on families of children with disabilities. To register, email aharris@westviewschool.org with the following info: Are you a parent/caregiver, a professional, or other; the session date you would like to attend, and how you heard about them.

March 7th, 5:00 am - 8:00 pm “Parent Resource Center Transition & Resource Fair”. Located at 3701 College Park Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77384. For more information, contact Judie Hunter at jhunter@conroeisd.net or at (936) 709-8210.

March 8th, 9:30 am & March 9th 2:00 pm “ ’s (A Tale of Possession) Hope Stone Dance Sensory Friendly Performance”. Located at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002. A performance by Hope Stone Dance that addresses the topic of possession, ownership and protection, and asks the question “who owns what?” The musical score ranges from Klezmer to David Byrne to the sounds of grocery store self-checkout machines. The spectacular set for the show is a wall of 3,000 empty shoeboxes, collected by local middle and high school students and built onstage at the theater. Registration required.

March 9th, 11:00 am & March 11th 2:00 p.m. “ASL Interpreted Performance: Schoolhouse Rock Live!”. Located at Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston, 3400 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002. Recommended for Kindergarten and up. Sign Language Interpreting services courtesy of the University of Houston’s ASL Interpreting Program. Children under the age of 3 (including sleeping babies) are not allowed in the theater. Use code MSTASL1819 when you purchase online or over the phone at 713-524-6706 and receive 50% off your tickets!

March 9th, 1:00 - 3:30 pm “Workplace Preparedness Workshop”. Located at Montgomery County Library, South Branch, Large Conference Room, 1st Floor, 2101 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77381. Register to attend this free event by emailing Gayle Fisher at gayle.Fisher@usa.net.

March 11th, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm “CU @ College Living Experience”. Located at College Living Experience, 11801 Stonehollow Dr # 100, Austin, TX 78758. College Living Experience (CLE) provides transition supports to young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD and other varying exceptionalities. Learn about the program, tour the center, see where the students live, and ask your inquiries. Prospective families please RSVP by calling (800) 486-5058. For more information, email khintz@experiencecle.com.

March 12th, 11:00 am “Sensory-Friendly Performance: Schoolhouse Rock Live!”. Located at Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston, 3400 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002. Recommended for Kindergarten and up. These Sensory-Friendly performances will provide children and their families an opportunity to attend a performance modified to meet sensory needs giving access to live theater to ALL children. Each performance offered as Sensory-Friendly will incorporate the following changes: Increased lighting in the house/seats throughout the performance, lower sound levels, additional trained staff on hand to provide patrons with assistance when needed, prompt books for family members to prepare for the show, fidget toys are welcome, and a quiet room is provided. Children under the age of 3 (including sleeping babies) are not allowed in the theater. Use code FRIENDLY1819 when you purchase online or over the phone at 713-524-6706 and receive 50% off your tickets! 

March 19th,“Mass Mutual Financial Tools for Special Needs Families”. Located at Walter P. Jett Continuing Education Center, 601 West Lewis Street Conroe, 77301, TX. For more information, contact Judie Hunter at jhunter@conroeisd.net or at (936) 709-8210.

March 21st 9:30 am “Java Thursdays: Occupational Therapy Show and Tell: What We Do, How It Helps, and Strategies for Home”. Located at TBA. Our Occupational Therapists will show you strategies to use with your own children at home and offer tips and tricks of the trade. To register, email aharris@westviewschool.org with the following info: Are you a parent/caregiver, a professional, or other; the session date you would like to attend, and how you heard about them.

March 21st, 8:30 - 10:00 am “Overcoming Fear to Create a Workplace Sensitive to Employees with Disabilities”. Located at West Gray Multi-Service Center,1475 W. Gray St., Houston, TX 77019. Employers and employees with disabilities can both face feelings of fear and discomfort when addressing issues concerning disabilities, work performance, and reasonable accommodations. Human Resource personnel may not be comfortable with their understanding of a disability. When confronting performance problems, they may “fear the ADA” and be confused about confidentiality limits and how much they can say to employees with disabilities. Employees with disabilities are influenced by their perception of how supervisors will respond to reasonable accommodation requests. Participants will learn how to overcome the fears on both sides and create an accepting workplace. 

March 21st, 7:00 - 8:30 pm “Guy Gathering – Dad Support Group”. Located at P.F. Chang’s, 2120 Lone Star Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77479. Meet other dads/Caregivers on the same journey as YOU. Facilitator, Billy Lynch, shared, “He’s been “that” dad; in denial, the why’s, the if’s, the unknown’s and now sees joy, hope and enlightenment.” This is an evening of camaraderie, friendship and fellowship. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be the support and servant to others.

March 23rd, 11:00 am “Audio Descriptive & ASL Interpreted Performance: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”. Located at Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston, 3400 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002. "I went to sleep with gum in my mouth, and now there's gum in my hair, and when I got out of bed this morning, I tripped on the skateboard, and by mistake I dropped my sweater in the sink while the water was running, and I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day." This wonderfully fun musical teaches children of all ages to share their feelings and reminds us all that bad days can happen to anyone – even in Australia! Recommended for Kindergarten and up. Audio description is scheduled for select Main Street Theater performances throughout the season. Using a single earpiece connected to an infrared headset, patrons who are blind or have low vision can listen to trained audio describers give live, verbal descriptions of actions, costumes, scenery, and other visual elements of a performance. Sign Language Interpreting services courtesy of the University of Houston’s ASL Interpreting Program. Children under the age of 3 (including sleeping babies) are not allowed in the theater. Use code MSTASL1819 when you purchase online or over the phone at 713-524-6706 and receive 50% off your tickets!

March 23rd, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm “Becoming Their Voice: School Advocacy 101 ”. Located at University of Houston-Clear Lake, Bayou Building, Room 1510 (Garden Room), 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, TX 77058. CEUs are available for educators. Register here.

March 23rd, 11:00 am “Music for Autism”. Located at The Westview School,1900 Kersten Drive, Houston, TX 77043. Back by request, join Houston’s cultural ambassadors, The Phillip Hall Singers, as they offer a marvelous concert program of multi-genre choral music. Music for Autism concerts are fully subsidized and free for individuals with autism and their family members. Walk-ins welcome, but RSVPs are recommended. Please RSVP here, email at rsvp@musicforautism.org or call (877) 863-7473 ext. 1.

March 23rd, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm “Free Legal Advice Clinics For U.S. Veterans”. Located at Katy VA Outpatient Clinic, 750 Westgreen Blvd, Katy, TX 77450. No appointment necessary. Legal issues may include family law, wills & probate, consumer, property, tax, disability and veterans benefits, as well as other legal problems or questions. All veterans can receive one-on-one legal advice and counsel at the clinic; financial guidelines apply for additional free legal representation. Clinic open to veterans and spouses of deceased veterans. Contact the Houston Bar Association at (713) 759-1133 or click here for more information.

March 26th, 9:30 am - 10:30 am “Connect”. Located at Walter P. Jett Continuing Education Center, 601 West Lewis Street Conroe, 77301, TX. Join Parent Resources Center to connect together with open minds to nuture, network, and empower each other for an hour. Connect and share your stories, thoughts, resources, concerns, and tips with other parents, caregivers, and guardians of a student with a disability in a confidential environment. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. For more information, contact Judie Hunter at jhunter@conroeisd.net or at (936) 709-8209.

March 26th, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm “Parent Training Toolkit: Behavior Reflection Techniques”. Located at Walter P. Jett Continuing Education Center, 601 West Lewis Street Conroe, 77301, TX. Come to the Parent Resource Center to learn and explore assorted types of visual supports that can assist with behaviors, communication skills, and increased independence in the home and community. Make materials and bring home for immediate use. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. For more information, call (936) 709-8209.

March 26th, 9:30 am - 11:30 am “Easter Seals Presentation”. Located at Walter P. Jett Continuing Education Center, 601 West Lewis Street Conroe, 77301, TX. For more information, contact Judie Hunter at jhunter@conroeisd.net or at (936) 709-8210.

March 26th, 12:15 - 2:15 pm “Progress Monitoring - Collaborative Webinars with the Texas Education Agency (TEA)”. The webinar will be available in English (12:15-1:15pm) and Spanish (1:15-2:15pm). During the these collaborative webinars, TEA will do a Q&A section based on questions submitted PRIOR to each collaborative webinar. After each webinar, the resulting Q&A will be provided in a document form in both English and Spanish. Join the event here.

March 28th, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Navigating the System: Accessing Services for Your Child Now & For the Long Term" Located at Kingsland Baptist Church, 20555 Kingsland Blvd, Katy, 77450, Parking entrance #3, Conference Room A. Mary Jane Williams, Family to Family Network, provide information on navigating the long term care systems - What is CFC, PAS/HAB, LIDDA? If your child has a medicaid waiver - Do you know what services & supports are available? Learn more today! 

March 28th 6:30 pm “Java Thursdays Evening Event: Self-Care”. Located at 1830 Kersten Drive, Houston, TX, 77043. Taking care of yourself is the foundation on which your family is built. Rediscover and highlight the importance of you in order to strengthen bonds and overcome obstacles. To register, email aharris@westviewschool.org with the following info: Are you a parent/caregiver, a professional, or other?, the session date you would like to attend, and how you heard about them.

March 28th, 9:00 am - 11:00 am “Hispanic Support Group”. Located at Walter P. Jett Continuing Education Center, 601 West Lewis Street Conroe, 77301, TX. For more information, contact Judie Hunter at jhunter@conroeisd.net or at (936) 709-8210.

March 28th, 5:30 - 8:00 pm “Parent University: Getting Your Child Ready for College and Careers”. Located at Houston ISD Furr, Northside, Madison & Westside High Schools.Do you want to help your child excel in school? Interested in learning about community resources that can support your family? Want to learn about the wide variety of programs and initiatives HISD offers? Dinner and a resource fair featuring HISD staff and community partners. Childcare & interpreters will be provided. 

March 30th, 9:00 - 11:00 am “Decreasing Bedtime Challenging Behavior & Increasing Your Child’s Chance For A Good Night’s Rest”. Located at Texana Center Main Campus, the HR Auditorium in Bldg G, 4910 Airport Avenue Bldg G Rosenberg, TX 77471. The presenter will provide information about the importance for sleep for your child, increasing appropriate bedtime routines, and describe strategies to decrease challenging behaviors at night for children of multiple ages.Light Refreshments provided. Childcare will be provided to those who RSVP and request this service. To reserve YOUR spot at these FREE TRAININGS, please email your RSVP to antoinette.gilliam@texanacenter.com. For more information, please contact Ellen Catoe Rhoads at ellen.rhoads@texanacenter.com or 281-239-1497.