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. 


September/October 2018
September 22nd, 12:00 - 3:00 pm "2018 Pasadena Little Wranglers Rodeo". Located at 7601 Red Bluff, Pasadena, TX 77507. For more information, email Marilyn O'Neil at marilyn.oneill@f-e-t.com or contact the Pasadena Multi-Purpose Recreation Center at (281) 487-1755. Pre-registration ends September 18th. Pre-register at LittleWranglerRegistration@yahoo.com 

September 22nd, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm "NAMI Family & Friends: Stafford". Located at United Way Fort Bend, 12300 Parc Crest Dr, Conf Room B, Stafford, TX 77477. This will be 2 sessions: one in English and one in Mandarin Chinese. Family & Friends is a no-cost/4-hour seminar for family and friends who support those living with the signs and/or symptoms of a mental health condition including, but not limited to Major Depression, Bipolar Disorders, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, and the range of personality disorders. Registration Required: Call 713-970-4435 or email us at register@namigreaterhouston.org to sign up for one of the seminars today!

September 24th, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm "Using Social Media to Build Your Own Platform". Located at the University Center (TUC), 3rd Floor, Lone Star College–Montgomery, 3200 College Park Dr, Conroe, 77384. Designed for families, professionals, and caregivers of those with disabilities. Learn how to create content, use content, and build a business you love. Two (2) hours of Continuing credits available for LPCs, LMFTs, social workers, CPE for educators and psychologists, by way of www.adda-sr.org. $10/learner for processing costs, payable to ADDA-SR. For more information, contact Gayle Fisher at gayle.Fisher@usa.net.

September 24th, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm "Employment First Training". Located at Nessler Center, Captains Room, 2010 5th Ave. North, Texas City, 77590. People with disabilities have much to offer employers and their communities. HHSC works with employers to match them with job applicants with disabilities who can add value to a business as they live the life they want. This free training is for anyone who wants a better understanding of how Employment Services work. Everyone is welcome. Register here. For questions, email nehtra.Davis2@hhsc.state.tx.us or Monty Chamberlain at monty.chamberlain@hhsc.state.tx.us.

September 24th, 6:30 - 7:45 pm "Town Hall Meeting: District A". Located at Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road, 77055. Mayor Turner urges all voters who live in the city to learn about the Rebuild Houston and fire pay referendum elections on the November 6th city ballot.

September 24th, 9:30 - 11:30 am "Fine Motor/Handwriting Skills 101". Located at Walter P. Jett Continuing Education Center, 601 West Lewis Street Conroe, 77301, TX. For more information, contact Judie Hunter atjhunter@conroeisd.net or at (936) 709-8210.

September 25th, 6:30 - 8:00 pm "Teen Huddle". Located at Sugar Land Baptist Church - Room 207, 16755 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, 77479. Teen Huddle is an ADD/ADHD support group for teens and ADDA-SR can't wait for you to join them! This group will be facilitated by clinical psychologist Lindsay Asawa. Food will be provided. Register here. For more information, call 281-690-1177.

September 25th, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm "Employment First Training". Located at Rosenberg Civic Center, 3825 Highway 36 S, Rosenberg, Texas, 77471. People with disabilities have much to offer employers and their communities. HHSC works with employers to match them with job applicants with disabilities who can add value to a business as they live the life they want. This free training is for anyone who wants a better understanding of how Employment Services work. Everyone is welcome. Register here. For questions, email nehtra.Davis2@hhsc.state.tx.us or Monty Chamberlain at monty.chamberlain@hhsc.state.tx.us.

September 25th, 6:30 - 8:00 pm "Fort Bend ADDA-SR Support Group Meeting: Design for Living". Located at Parent Group Room 107 & Teen Huddle Room 207, Sugar Land Baptist Church, 16755 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land TX 77479. How have your hopes & dreams for your child changed since the day they were born? Do those dreams still soar on the wings of possibilities? Or are they frequently defined by adverse circumstances & events? As parents, how do we dare to dream the biggest dreams in the face of significant challenges? Join Jaishree Ellis & Caroline Bordelon with the Greater Houston Disability Chamber of Commerce for a discussion of how we can impact our children's trajectories so that their success and fulfillment are maximized! Walk-ins are welcome, RSVPs appreciated. 

September 25th, 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@conroeisdnet or at (936) 709-8210.

September 25th, 9:30 am - 12:30 am "Connect/PTT". 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.

September 25th, 9:30 am - 11:30 am "Combination Support Group & Visual Supports for Home Use". 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.

September 26th, 2:00 - 3:30 pm "Work Incentive Seminar Events (WISE) Webinar: Ticket to Work, Self-Employment and Working from Home". Are you an adult who receives Social Security disability benefits? Do you have an idea that you'd like to turn into a business opportunity? Or would you like to find a job that allows you to work from home? Our guests from New England Business Associates and My Employment Options will join us to talk about resources and Work Incentives that may help you reach your goals as you pursue financial independence. Register here. For more information, contact Ticket to Work Call Center at support@choosework.ssa.gov or 1-866-968-7842.

September 26 - 28 The Texas Annual Conference on Ending Homelessness, Austin, https://www.thn.org/statewide/annual-conference/ 

September 26th/27th 9:00 am - 4:00 pm "Employment First Training". Located at the Harris Center, Room 104, 9401 Southwest Freeway, Houston, Texas, 77074. People with disabilities have much to offer employers and their communities. HHSC works with employers to match them with job applicants with disabilities who can add value to a business as they live the life they want. This free training is for anyone who wants a better understanding of how Employment Services work. Everyone is welcome. Register here. For questions, emailnehtra.Davis2@hhsc.state.tx.us or Monty Chamberlain atmonty.chamberlain@hhsc.state.tx.us.

September 27th, "Houston ISD Parent University Kick Off" on ALL campuses to introduce a new program for the 2018-2019 school year to support parents and families in the education of their children and introduce them to district programs, resources, and parent-engagement strategies. Parent University meetings will take place monthly, beginning in October, and will be conducted at four geographically dispersed locations throughout the city.

September 27th, 6:30 - 9:00 pm "NAMI Family-to-Family". Located at West University. Do you care for someone living with the symptoms of a mental health condition? For Family Members, NAMI Greater Houston is proud to offer its Family-to-Family course which is a free, 12-week class, meeting once per week, to help you support loved ones diagnosed with mental health concerns while maintaining your own well-being. TO REGISTER for any class: 713-970-4495 or 713-970-4435 or email register@namigreaterhouston.org. Must be eligible to attend. Registration required.

September 27 - 29 2018 Texas Tribune Festival, Austin,https://festival.texastribune.org 


September 27th, 9:30 am "Java Thursdays: The Birds, the Bees and Kids with Special Needs Part 2: Safety-Related Behaviors for Youth with ASD". Located at 1830 Kersten Drive, Houston, TX, 77043. Behaviors and concepts needed for safety begin with basic hygiene and self-care skills in the early ages. As children approach puberty, these behaviors, along with other aspects of safety, become increasingly important. From 'stranger-danger' to the world wide web, and public restrooms to locker-rooms, learn the skills that children with ASD need to be taught to maintain their safety. Continuing education credits may be available for professionals upon request. 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.

September 27th, 10:00 - 11:00 am "Preparing for the Unexpected: Emergency Preparedness for Individuals with Disabilities". This session will highlight the importance of being proactive with preparing and the specific steps to take to ensure that you are ready for the unexpected. The presenter will provide preparedness tips surrounding specific disabilities, such as blind/low vision, deaf/hard of hearing, cognitive disabilities, etc. There will be opportunities for questions during the webinar and at the end of the session. Register for the webinar here.

September 27th, 9:00 am - 11:00 am "Street Safety Summit Tour". Located at BakerRipley Leonel Castillo Community Center, 2101 South Street, Houston, 77009. This walking tour will explore the near northside community around Leonel Castillo. Please note that the path may be difficult to navigate due to pot holes and uneven surfaces. Registration for this tour is separate from the workshop. Tour limited to the first 15 registrants.

September 27th, 11:30 am - 4:00 pm "Street Safety Summit Lunch & Symposium". Located at Leonel Castillo Community Center, 2101 South Street, Houston, 77009. Building on recent research reports by LINK Houston, the Kinder Institute for Urban Research and Bike Houston about safety for pedestrians and bicyclists on Houston's streets, this summit will provide practical, relatable examples of how Houston can improve walkability and biking in Houston. Local and national experts will share ideas and best practices on a variety of topics including campaigns, local government budgeting, public-private partnerships, coalition building and design implementation. Register for the workshop here. 

September 27th, 6:30 - 8:00 pm "IMPACT Meeting: Waivers, Waivers, Waivers!" Located at Insperity Adaptive Sports Complex, 11820 Madera Run Pkwy, Atascocita, 77346. Could your child be eligible for more services? They will have professionals on site to give you all the information you need to know about waivers and how to sign up. Medicaid waivers, YES waivers, Texas Home Living waivers, and more! This event is FREE and open to the community. Childcare is provided. Register at Lake Houston Family YMCA or ymcahouston.org . For more information contact meredith.Silcox@ymcahouston.org .

September 28th, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm "Employment First Training". Located in the 3rd Floor Board Room located at 233 Sgt. Ed Holcomb Blvd., Conroe, Texas, 77304. People with disabilities have much to offer employers and their communities. HHSC works with employers to match them with job applicants with disabilities who can add value to a business as they live the life they want. This free training is for anyone who wants a better understanding of how Employment Services work. Everyone is welcome. Register here. For questions, emailnehtra.Davis2@hhsc.state.tx.us or Monty Chamberlain atmonty.chamberlain@hhsc.state.tx.us.

September 29th, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm "10th Annual Disability Unity and Pride Celebration". Located at West Gray Multiservice Center, 1475 W Gray St, Houston, 77019. Enjoy this celebration of the diverse and breathtaking community of Houstonians with disabilities. Our theme this year is Connecting the Dots: Celebrating Four Decades of Houston's Transformative Cross-disability Advocacy. Visit our Exhibit of Advocacy, Unity, and Pride. Enjoy a stage program (performances! awards!). And stay for lunch! Register here. Visit with Family to Family Network!

September 29th, 9:00 - 11:45 am "Dangling Carrots: A Discussion on How to Motivate the Unmotivated". Located at Gateway Academy, 3721 Dacoma St, Houston, TX 77092. Very few people enjoy every day or mundane tasks like cleaning, laundry, homework, or bill paying, but most people can "suck it up" and get their "to-do" list done. The question then becomes, "How do we motivate the unmotivated?" During this discussion, we will review psychological theories of human motivation in order to gain a better understanding of how motivation works. We will review what underlies motivational difficulties for individuals with a variety of mental health disorders. We will learn techniques, skills, and "tricks" to use with unmotivated individuals, whether it be you, your spouse, your children, your students, or your coworkers, in order to help increase motivation. Fees: ADDA-SR member $40; Non-member $45. Register here.

September 29th, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm "Let's get Vocational! The 'Whats' and 'Hows' for Teaching Students with Disabilities Job-Related Social Skills."Located at Room 1218, Bayou Building, University of Houston Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd, Houston,77058 . The UHCL Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD) is hosting a workshop for teachers to share strategies for assessing and teaching job-related social skills, such as asking for help, notifying the supervisor when a task is completed, and problem solving, among others. Attendees will learn how to assess a student's strengths and weaknesses and how to teach crucial skills. This workshop will be interactive, including opportunities to practice the new learned skills! By attending this workshop, you will gain new skills, inspiration for your classrooms, and possibly even new friends! Come join us at UHCL, and let's get vocational! Please RSVP atcaddvoc@uhcl.edu 

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October 1 - 3 2018 Genetics Summit, San Antonio, https://bit.ly/2A75vIp 

October 1st, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm "Building a Positive ARD Experience". Located at the University Center (TUC), 3rd Floor, Lone Star College–Montgomery, 3200 College Park Dr, Conroe, 77384. Designed for families, professionals, and caregivers of those with disabilities. Learn about intrinsic motivation of the child's learning, and working toward win-win on all the quandaries. Two (2) hours of Continuing credits available for LPCs, LMFTs, social workers, CPE for educators and psychologists, by way of www.adda-sr.org. $10/learner for processing costs, payable to ADDA-SR. For more information, contact Gayle Fisher at gayle.Fisher@usa.net.

October 1st, 7:30 pm "Intelligent Lives Screening". Located at AMC Deerbrook 24 & IMAX, 20131 Highway 59 N, Humble, 77338. Intelligent Lives stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer, and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Intelligent Lives challenges what it means to be intelligent, and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment and intimate relationships. Tickets cost $12 each. Reserve your tickets here.

October 2nd, 6:30 - 9:00 pm "NAMI Family-to-Family". Located in the Woodlands. Do you care for someone living with the symptoms of a mental health condition? For Family Members, NAMI Greater Houston is proud to offer its Family-to-Family course which is a free, 12-week class, meeting once per week, to help you support loved ones diagnosed with mental health concerns while maintaining your own well-being. TO REGISTER for any class: 713-970-4495 or 713-970-4435 or email register@namigreaterhouston.org. Must be eligible to attend. Registration required.

October 2nd, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm "IAH Wings For All". Located at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, 2800 N Terminal Rd, Houston, 77032. Wings For All is an airport "rehearsal" specially designed for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD). The program is designed to alleviate the stress that families who have a child with IDD experience when flying. It provides families the opportunity to practice entering the airport, obtaining boarding passes, going through security and boarding a plane. All individuals 18 years old and over are required to bring a valid form of government-issued ID to be allowed through security. Due to limited space, up to 3 individuals with disabilities are allowed to register per family and can have up to 4 family members/support staff accompany them to the event. Space is limited! Register here! For more information, contact Dory Cayten at dory@aoghorg or 713-957-1600 x119. 

October 2nd, "Social Skills & Sex Education Groups for Pre-Teens and Teens with Disabilities". Located at 26314 Oak Ridge Dr., The Woodlands, 77380. This is a fun group for ages 10+ to learn about assorted social skills, such as having conversations, showing empathy, improving self-esteem, public vs. private, social media safety, etc. Groups meet every Tuesday & Thursday for 45 minutes. Cost: $20-30/group. Register here. For more information, contact Michelle Garcia atmichelle@drmgarcia.com or (713) 397-3104.

October 3rd, 3:30 - 4:30 pm "Stakeholder Webinar about Rider Reports 61b, 61c and 61d". In accordance with Rider 60 and 61, General Appropriations Act, 85th Legislative Session, HHSC contracted with an external entity to conduct required studies and reports. This includes the following: A review and report on preliminary findings of the agency's contract management and oversight function for Medicaid and CHIP managed care contracts, a study of Medicaid managed care rate setting processes and methodologies in other states, and a review of administrative expenses incurred by managed care organizations (MCOs) in Medicaid and CHIP. Report 61 is available on the HHSC website. Stakeholders can submit questions in advance of the webinar through September 19th, 2018 toMedicaidManagedCare@hhsc.state.tx.us.

October 4th, 3:00 - 4:00 pm "Stakeholder Webinar about Rider Reports 60 and 61a". In accordance with Rider 60 and 61, General Appropriations Act, 85th Legislative Session, HHSC contracted with an external entity to conduct required studies and reports. This includes the following: A study and report on potential cost savings in the administration of prescription drug benefits and a comprehensive review of, and evaluation of managed care in Texas Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Report 60 and Report 61 are both available on the HHSC website. Stakeholders can submit questions in advance of the webinar through September 19th, 2018 to MedicaidManagedCare@hhsc.state.tx.us. 

October 5th, 10:00 am "Exceptional Rodeo for Exceptional Kids". Located at Tucker Rodeo Arena, Fort Bend County Fairgrounds, 4310 Hwy. 36 South Rosenberg, TX 77471. Polish your boots, dust off your Stetson and round up your friends! Fort Bend County Fair Association will be hosting their 2nd annual Exceptional Rodeo. Their rodeo will give the children and young adults from Fort Bend County School Districts a real grand rodeo experience. Their exceptional rodeo will pair physically and/or intellectually challenged children and young adults with professional cowboys and cowgirls and volunteers to help assist in fun and non competitive rodeo activities.For more information, call (281) 342-6171.

October 6th, 6:30 - 9:00 pm "NAMI Homefront". Located at Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 2002 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX 77030. NAMI Homefront is an adaptation of the evidence-based NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program, which has been taught in VA health facilities since the late 1990s. The 12-week, on a weekly basis course is taught by trained NAMI Greater Houston family member volunteers who know what it's like to have a loved one struggling with mental health conditions. There is NO-COST to attend the Family-to-Family class. We think you will be pleased by how much assistance the class has to offer. Must be eligible to attend. Registration required. TO REGISTER please call 713-970-4495 or 713-970-4435 or by email atregister@namigreaterhouston.org .

October 6th, 6:30 - 9:00 pm "NAMI Family-To-Family: 家庭到家庭 Missouri City". Located at Missouri City. Event will be in Chinese only. Do you care for someone living with the symptoms of a mental health condition? For Family Members, NAMI Greater Houston is proud to offer its Family-to-Family course which is a free, 12-week class, meeting once per week on Saturdays, to help you support loved ones diagnosed with mental health concerns while maintaining your own well-being. TO REGISTER for any class: 713-970-4495 or 713-970-4435 or email register@namigreaterhouston.org. Must be eligible to attend. Registration required.

October 6th, 9:00 am "2018 Houston Walk4Hearing 5K". Located at Lynn Eusan Park, University of Houston, 4800 Calhoun Rd, Houston, TX 77004. Walk to eradicate the stigma. It's a day of celebration, raising awareness in the community, and stepping up for hearing loss. Register here. For more information, contact Karen Davin at karenonlexford@aol.com .

October 8th, 6:30 - 7:45 pm "Town Hall Meeting: District F". Located at Alief Community Center, 11903 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. Mayor Turner urges all voters who live in the city to learn about the Rebuild Houston and fire pay referendum elections on the November 6th city ballot.

October 9th, 6:30 - 8:30 pm "Town Hall Meeting: District E". Located at the Kingwood Community Center, 4102 Rustic Woods Drive, Kingwood 77345. Hosted by Council Member Dave Martin. Mayor Turner urges all voters who live in the city to learn about the Rebuild Houston and fire pay referendum elections on the November 6th city ballot.

October 10th, 9:30 am - 11:30 am "Dr. Michelle Garcia: Social Skills/Sex Education Information Meeting". Located at Walter P. Jett Continuing Education Center, 601 West Lewis Street Conroe, 77301. For more information, contact Judie Hunter at jhunter@conroeisd.net or at (936) 709-8210.

October 11th 11:00 am - 1:00 pm "Special Education 101". Located at the Harris Center, Room 104, 9401 Southwest Freeway, Houston, 77074. A training that will help families and professionals understand the most important aspects of special education rights for students with special needs in public schools. Topics covered: The education planning process, referral, evaluations, laws governing student rights, family rights, educational goals, available services and progress monitoring. Cost: $25.00 (full scholarship available if needed). Register here.

October 12th, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm "College Living Experience Tours". Located at College Living Experience, 11801 Stonehollow Dr., Ste. 100, Austin, TX 78758. College Living Experience is now offering monthly tours to professionals and prospective families. During the tour there are opportunities to tour the center, meet some of our students, see a student apartment and learn more about education options in the area. For more information, contact Kaili Hintz atKHintz@ExperienceCLE.com or call (512) 339-7878. 
October 13, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm "Autism Playgroup: Halloween Fun". Located at Lost Creek Park Pavilion, 3703 Lost Creek Blvd, Sugar Land, 77479. Any family that has a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder ages 1 to 12 years can take part. No age restriction on sibling participation. RSVP Required: Susan Garczynski at susan@susangar.com or at 281-726-2665.

October 13th, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm "Productivity with ADHD: Get Things Done". Located at Memorial Drive UMC, The Adult Ministries Center, 13194 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77079. Are you overwhelmed with how much you have to do and feel you get so little done? Join Certified Professional Organizer and Productivity Consultant Ellen Delap to learn strategies you can implement right away to change how you set up your day and manage your tasks to get things done.Fees: ADDA-SR member $40; Non-member $45. Register here.

October 15th, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm "Ways to Intrinsically Motivate Children of All Learning Styles". Located at the University Center (TUC), 3rd Floor, Lone Star College–Montgomery, 3200 College Park Dr, Conroe, 77384. Designed for families, professionals, and caregivers of those with disabilities. Two (2) hours of Continuing credits available for LPCs, LMFTs, social workers, CPE for educators and psychologists, by way of www.adda-sr.org. $10/learner for processing costs, payable to ADDA-SR. For more information, contact Gayle Fisher atgayle.Fisher@usa.net.

October 15th, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm "Effective Special Education Services for Students with Autism". In this training we focus on the most important education settings, tools and services for students who have an autism spectrum disorder. Parents and professionals will learn: how to request functional behavior assessments and behavior intervention plans tailored to autism needs, what learning characteristics affect educational outcomes for students with autism, what assistive technology can be helpful in and out class for effective learning, and how to guarantee appropriate social skills curriculum and services. Cost: $25.00. For those who are having financial difficulty, please contact: Irene Gonzalez (irene@aogh.org) or 713-957-1600 (ext.118) to discuss scholarship options.Register here.

October 16th, "Tarnow Center Discussion". Located at St. Peter's United Methodist Church, 20775 Kingsland Blvd., Katy. Guest speakers Dr. Jay Tarnow, Dr Ron Swatzyna & Caitlyn Bailey, LPC from the Tarnow Center for Self-Management will discuss why many children with autism have experienced multiple unsuccessful medication interventions. Children are currently medicated based on historical accounts, observable behavior, and mental status examinations. Tarnow Center is the first psychiatric practice in the US to develop a process (Pharmaco-EEG) where EEG & qEEG are used for brain mapping to identify the cause of symptoms, explain why past medication attempts failed, and provide psychiatrists with scientific data to assist in medication and other treatment selection. Free childcare available. To reserve a spot, contact kgreeceman@aol.com. 

October 16th, 6:30 - 8:30 pm "Town Hall Meeting: District E". Located at Space Center Houston, 1601 E. NASA Parkway, Houston 77058. Hosted by Council Member Dave Martin. Mayor Turner urges all voters who live in the city to learn about the Rebuild Houston and fire pay referendum elections on the November 6th city ballot.

October 17th, 6:30 - 7:45 pm "Town Hall Meeting: District K". Located at Fountain Life Center, 14083 S. Main, 77035. Mayor Turner urges all voters who live in the city to learn about the Rebuild Houston and fire pay referendum elections on the November 6th city ballot.

October 17th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm "Aldine ISD Transition Expo 2018". Located at the M.O. Campbell Education Center, 1865 Aldine Bender Rd, Houston, TX 77032. A resource fair for students with disabilities and their families Vendors can register here. Visit with Family to Family Network!

October 18 Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Conference, Plano, http://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/18.10.tx.htm  

October 18th, 9:30 am "Java Thursdays: Safety & Eloping". Located at 1830 Kersten Drive, Houston, TX, 77043. Is your family - and your house - prepared for an ASD emergency? Unfortunately, emergencies from wandering to natural disasters happen all too often in this population, and few families are prepared. With nearly 50% of individuals with ASD eloping (wandering away) at some point in their life, this preventative information is necessary for all families with a child with ASD. Continuing education credits may be available for professionals upon request. 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.

October 18th, 6:30 - 7:45 pm "Town Hall Meeting: District G". Located at Walnut Bend Recreation Center, 10601 Briar Forest, 77042. Mayor Turner urges all voters who live in the city to learn about the Rebuild Houston and fire pay referendum elections on the November 6th city ballot.

October 19 ADHD Awareness...Knowing is Better Conference, Southlake,https://www.eventbrite.com/e/adhd-awarenessknowing-is-better-feat-chris-a-zeigler-dendy-tickets-49589754290 
October 19th, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm, "White Cane Safety Day". Located at Houston City Hall, 901 Bagby St. Houston, TX 77002. White Cane Safety Day promotes awareness and understanding of persons with vision loss and blindness who travel with the white cane, while celebrating their accomplishments and independence! Downtown March starts promptly at 9:30 AM. They will March downtown from 915 Walker Street to Houston City Hall Hermann Square at 902 Smith Street. This event is a kid-friendly occasion and they will be having various activities for them to take part in! Register here.

October 20th, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm "Ethiopian and Eritrean Families Autism Outreach". Located at Ethiopian Christian Fellowship Church, 401 Present Street, Missouri City 77489. For information, call Leah Seyoum-Tesfa at (214) 533-0933. Visit with Family to Family Network!

October 20th, 3:00 - 7:00 pm "Matt's 5th Annual Halloween Bash!". Located at VFW Post 8790, 1560 Foley St., Houston, TX, 77055. Free event honoring our disabled community. Music, food, fun..and you!! Raffles and a chance to win $100! DJ and a LIVE BAND! For more information, contact Emily at 713 355-0006 or Liz at 713 480-8300.
October 22nd, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm "Pros and Cons of Online Dating: Is It For You?". Located at the University Center (TUC), 3rd Floor, Lone Star College–Montgomery, 3200 College Park Dr, Conroe, TX 77384. Designed for families, professionals, and caregivers of those with disabilities. Two (2) hours of Continuing credits available for LPCs, LMFTs, social workers, CPE for educators and psychologists, by way of www.adda-sr.org. $10/learner for processing costs, payable to ADDA-SR. For more information, contact Gayle Fisher atgayle.Fisher@usa.net.

October 23rd, 6:30 - 8:00 pm "IMPACT Meeting: Waivers, Waivers, Waivers!" Located at Langham Creek Family YMCA, 16725 Longenbaugh Dr, Houston, 77095. Could your child be eligible for more services? They will have professionals on site to give you all the information you need to know about waivers and how to sign up. Medicaid waivers, YES waivers, Texas Home Living waivers, and more! This event is FREE and open to the community. Childcare is provided. Register at Langham Creek YMCA or ymcahouston.org. For more information contact meredith.Silcox@ymcahouston.org .
October 23rd, 9:30 am - 12:30 am "Connect/PTT". 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.

October 24th, 9:00 - 11:00 am "Baker Ripley Families: Mental Health Symposium and Resource Fair". Located at San Mateo Episcopal Church, 6635 Alder Dr, Houston, TX 77081. 

October 25 - 26 Baylor College of Medicine's 19th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference:Transition from Pediatric to Adult-based Care,Houston, https://www.baylorcme.org/search/detail.cfm?cme=1070. Apply for scholarship that pays for registration, travel, hotel and meals here

October 25th, 6:30 pm "Java Thursdays Evening Event: Executive Functioning". Located at BRIO Tuscan Grille, 12808 Queensbury Ln #100, Houston, TX 77024. Do you have children who get lost going from the playground to the classroom, forget to put socks on before shoes, over-react to small problems or setbacks, impulsively react to others, or get distracted and fail to finish what they start? These and similar behaviors are related to Executive Functioning, the "mental manager" that controls and directs our behavior, emotions, and actions. Continuing education credits may be available for professionals upon request. To register, emailaharris@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.
October 25th, 9:00 am - 11:00 am "Hispanic Support Group". Located at Walter P. Jett Continuing Education Center, 601 West Lewis Street Conroe, 77301. For more information, contact Judie Hunter at jhunter@conroeisd.net or at (936) 709-8210.

October 26th - 28th, "Camp DRIVE: Halloween Theme". Located at Down Home Ranch, 20250 FM 619, Elgin, TX 78621. A weekend respite camp for adults age 18+ with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Camp will start at 5:00 pm on Friday and end at 11:00 am on Sunday. The total cost of the camp is $250 with a $50 deposit due with the application, which is applied toward the cost of the camp. There are a limited number of spaces available, so apply soon and reserve your spot! Applications are due by October 8th. For more information, contact them at 512-848-3936 or robert@campdrive.org .

October 27th, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm "NAMI Family & Friends: Northwest Houston". Located at St. Matthew the Evangelist Catholic Church, 9915 Hollister St., Houston, 77040. Family & Friends is a no-cost/4-hour seminar for family and friends who support those living with the signs and/or symptoms of a mental health condition including, but not limited to Major Depression, Bipolar Disorders, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, and the range of personality disorders. Registration Required. Call 713-970-4435 or email them atregister@namigreaterhouston.org to sign up for one of the seminars today!

October 27th, 3:00 - 7:00 pm "2018 Festival of Abilities". Located at Oak Forest Park, 2100 Judiway St, Houston, 77018. Celebrate Halloween weekend at a festival like no other - SIRE horses, petting zoo, trick or treating, pick-your-own pumpkin patch, costume contest, sports, games, food court, craft beer garden, art tile painting and much more! Proceeds benefit the future Playground for All Abilities, the first accessible playground from the Heights and Timbergrove to Garden Oaks/Oak Forest and beyond. Event parking will be available at Marek, 2115 Judiway. For more information, For event information, email Elyssa Horvath atFriendsofOakForestPark@yahoo.com or call 832-771-8030.

October 30th, 6:30 - 8:00 pm "Teen Huddle". Located at Sugar Land Baptist Church - Room 207, 16755 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, 77479. Teen Huddle is an ADD/ADHD support group for teens and ADDA-SR can't wait for you to join them! Come interact with people your age while having fun, building personal friendships and learning beneficial strategies. This group will be facilitated by clinical psychologist Lindsay Asawa. Food will be provided. Register here. For more information, call 281-690-1177.