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. 


April/May 2018

April 4th, 1:00 - 4:00 pm "The Future of Healthy Children: Preventing and Responding to Trauma, Toxic Stress, and Disasters". The symposium will highlight national and local leaders in preventing and responding to trauma, toxic stress, and disasters. The symposium will also feature a local panel discussing the response to Hurricane Harvey from the school, healthcare, and community perspectives. Heather Forkey, MD from UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center will be our key note speaker. Limited seating. Please register here to reserve your seat. 

April 4th, 12:00 - 1:00 pm "2018 World Bipolar Day: Finding Hope: Understanding and Overcoming Bipolar Disorder". Located at UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center, 2800 S MacGregor Way, Houston, 77021. Join UTHealth McGovern Medical School as they celebrate World Bipolar Day and share its vision: to bring greater awareness to mental health, share knowledge, eliminate social stigma, and build sensitivity for those with emotional and behavioral issues. For more information, contact Ruth Yeh at ruth.E.Yeh@uth.tmc.edu.

April 4th, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm "Understanding SSA & Work Incentives: Work is the Goal!!" Located at Family to Family Network, 13150 FM 529, Suite 106, Houston, 77041. Your child can work and keep benefits! Learn from Michelle Howard-Herbein from the Arc of Greater Houston. Become knowledgeable on Social Security and health insurance benefits; the impact of working on benefits; and work incentives available in order to make well-informed decisions about your child working in a community-based competitive-wage job after graduation. RSVP requested to ensure enough copies made. Please RSVP here or call 713-466-6304.

April 5th - 26th, Thursdays, 5:30 -8:30 pm "Dads Count". Located at ESCAPE Family Resource Center, 2410 Hamilton Street, Houston 77004. Dads Count helps men understand their responsibilities as fathers and how increased involvement directly supports their children's development. The course also addresses the challenges of co-parenting, problem solving, effective communication, child safety, appropriate styles of discipline, and understanding children's emotional and physical needs. English-speaking Fathers may Attend. Three 4-hour sessions. Cost: $155 per individual (covers course fee, registration and materials. Free of charge for fathers who are directly referred by the Domestic Relations Office.) Clients must call 713-942-9500 to pre-register for classes.

April 6th - 7th, "2018 Special Weekend for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing". Located at Tarrant County Community College, 300 Trinity Campus Circle Fort Worth, 76102. Go here for more information. Payments for registration due February 23rd. 

April 7th, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm "The ABC's of ABA: Managing Aggressive Behavior In Adolescents and Adults". Located at The Harris Center, 9401 Southwest Freeway, Room 104, Houston 77074. This workshop will focus on how the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and corresponding evidence-based treatments can be utilized by anyone to prevent and/or reactively manage aggressive and other severe problem behaviors (e.g., self-injurious, destructive, health-concerning or threatening) with adolescents and adults. This workshop will not only explain best-practices in managing aggressive behavior within this population but will additionally involve modeling by the presenter, role-plays by attendees, and handouts. Previous attendance at an ABC's of ABA is strongly suggested to allow attendees to move past the basics of behavior analysis. If you have not attended an ABC's of ABA in person, you may email Carol at feathouston@gmail.com to request a copy of the DVD set. Space is limited so register early! Box lunch provided but no child care is available. Register by March 28th to save! Fees: Individual:$50.00 ($40 if before 3/28); Student: $25.00 (with documentation); Married Couple: $75.00 ($65 if before 3/28); Groups of 5+: $35/attendee (deduct $10 per group if before 3/28). To register and pay by credit card, please go to www.feathouston.org . You will need the name and date of the workshop to register.

April 7th, 11:00 am "Studio Movie Grill Special Needs Screenings: Ready Player One". Free for children with disabilities and their siblings, with adult tickets available for the before-noon price. Special Needs Screenings are shown with the lights up and the volume lowered. Children are free to move around, talk or even dance in the aisles during the movie. Tickets are available at the Studio Movie Grill Box Office. City Center, Copperfield or Pearland locations. Schedule subject to change. Go here for more information.

April 7th, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm "Your Rights, Your Voice". Located at Northeast Multi Service Center, 9720 Spaulding St, Houston, 77016. Your Rights, Your Voice is a free mental health and disability conference for youth age 14-24 years old and caregivers to come learn their rights in all transition services. During this conference, youth will take part in a track to develop and practice self-advocacy skills and to learn how and when to disclose their disability to request accommodations. Caregivers will enjoy a separate track where will learn assertiveness and self-care skills and about legal rights in transition related to special education, college, employment, healthcare, and adult decision making. Free. Lunch provided. Free self-parking. Limited gas and childcare stipends available upon request. Register here. For more information \, contact Olivia Hudson at ohudson@drtx.org.

April 9th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm "Learn About Less Restrictive, Less Costly Alternatives to Guardianship". Located at Community Rooms A&B, Legacy Stadium, 1830 Katyland Drive, Katy, 77493. Texas law recently changed to specify different, less restrictive and less costly alternatives to guardianship called Supported Decision Making. Come learn more about these promising alternatives. Transition age youth and caregivers are all welcome to attend and there is no cost for the presentation. 

April 10th, 5:00 - 6:30 pm "CONNECT". Located at Walter P. Jett Continuing Education Center, 601 West Lewis Street, Conroe, 77301. Join other parents, caregivers, and guardians of a student with a disability with open minds to nurture, network and empower each other for an hour. CONNECT and share your stories, thoughts, resources, concerns and tips in a confidential environment. Please RSVP at 936-709-8166. 

April 11th, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm "Response to Intervention Techniques and Universal Design: Purpose and Reality for Students with Disabilities". Located at The Harris Center, 9401 Southwest Freeway, Room 104, Houston, 77074. In this training we discover how Response to Intervention (RTI) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles can be applied for students with special needs in public schools. 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.

April 11th, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm "Transition Planning" Located at Family to Family Network, 13150 FM 529, Suite 106, Houston, 77041. Transition Planning should begin in kindergarten, but for some reason we wait until Jr. High. Learn about the various components of transition planning within the IEP process so you can be involved in decision making that can improve the likelihood of positive outcomes your child. Bring your IEP! RSVP requested to ensure enough copies made. Please RSVP here or call 713-466-6304

April 12th, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm "Evidence-Based Practices to Promote Self-Determination (K-12)". Located at Region 4 ESC-MCC 101, 7145 West Tidwell, Houston, 77092. Dr. Michael Wehmeyer and Dr. Karrie Shogren from the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities will be featured in this session. Join us to hear from these educational experts in the field of transition for students with disabilities. You will also receive a copy of Dr. Shogren's book, "Self-Determination and Transition Planning.". Registration fee: $35. Register here.

April 13th, 6:30 - 8:30 "Opening Doors for Employment: Observations on Promoting Success for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum". Located at Fayez S. Sarofim Research Building, 1825 Pressler Street, Houston, 77030. The 2018 Benjamin J. Geigerman Lecture features Stephen Shore, Ed.D., an autism self-advocate and internationally acclaimed author who will draw from his own personal experiences and those of other adults with ASD. Dr. Shore will discuss strategies on how to prepare for, find and secure career-oriented jobs, the hidden rules of the work environment, dealing with sensory issues, effective self-advocacy skills and developing successful interactions with co-workers and supervisors. Register here.

April 14th, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm "Once Upon a Potty: Strategies for Successful Toilet Training". Located at UHCL Bayou Building Room 1510 (Garden Room), 2700 Bay Area Boulevard, Houston, 77058. The Autism Speaker Series is a free, monthly lecture provided by third-year graduate students in UHCL's behavior analysis program and invited speakers from the community. Register in advance https://apps.uhcl.edu/ORS/CADD. For more information or questions, contact CADD: AutismCenter@uhcl..edu or 281-283-3452. 

April 14th, 2:00 pm "TAPVI & Creating with Blind Abandon Event". Located at R.B. Tullis Branch - MCMLS, 21569 US Hwy 59, New Caney, 77357. This is a free program that your child can participate in to create tactile art and meet new friends from neighboring school districts. Kathy Trimm, Blind Abandon Director can be reached at creatingwithblindabandon@gmail.com and Deb Christoph, TAPVI president can be reached at debchristoph@tapvi.com 

April 14th, 8:30 am -4:00 pm "The 123's of ABA - Managing Aggressive Behavior
In Adolescents and Adults". Located at The Harris Center, 9401 Southwest Freeway, Room 104, Houston 77074. This workshop will focus on how the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and corresponding evidence-based treatments can be utilized by anyone to prevent and/or reactively manage aggressive and other severe problem behaviors (e.g., self-injurious, destructive, health-concerning or threatening) with adolescents and adults. This workshop will not only explain best-practices in managing aggressive behavior within this population but will additionally involve modeling by the presenter, role-plays by attendees, and handouts. Previous attendance at an ABC's of ABA is strongly suggested to allow attendees to move past the basics of behavior analysis. If you have not attended an ABC's of ABA in person, you may email Carol at feathouston@gmail.com to request a copy of the DVD set. Space is limited so register early! Box lunch provided but no child care is available. TEA Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits available! Registration and Fees: Individual $50 ($40 if prior to April 4th); Student $25 (with documentation); Married Couple $75 ($65 if prior to April 4th); Groups of 5+ $35/attendee (deduct $10 per group if prior to April 4th). There are a limited number of scholarships/reduced rates available for families in financial hardship or for public school teachers/program staff working with those who have autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Email ejbgoudeau@aol.com to inquire. To register and pay by credit card, please go to www.feathouston.org. You will need the name and date of the workshop to register.

April 14th - 28th, Saturdays, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm "Building New Beginnings". Located at ESCAPE Family Resource Center, 2410 Hamilton Street, Houston 77004. Building New Beginnings teaches families how to better manage co-parenting and other issues of divorce. This course is designed especially for families in high-conflict divorces, or ex-spouses seeking to modify existing child custody arrangements. Adults are taught family strengthening skills in classrooms with other parents, while children and teens work in age-appropriate groups.. Family members join one another at the end of each session to practice their new skills together. Entire English-speaking or Spanish-speaking families may attend (Divorcing or divorced spouses (must register for separate program dates). Cost: $25 per individual or family (covers course fee, registration, and materials) (Free of charge for parents undergoing family mediation who are directly referred by the Domestic Relations Office). This workshop satisfies the requirements of the family courts in Harris County and Fort Bend County. To participate in an upcoming class, you must first register with ESCAPE. Call us at (713) 942-9500.

April 15th - 29th, Sundays, 12:30 -4:30 pm "Dads Count". Located at ESCAPE Family Resource Center, 2410 Hamilton Street, Houston 77004. Dads Count helps men understand their responsibilities as fathers and how increased involvement directly supports their children's development. The course also addresses the challenges of co-parenting, problem solving, effective communication, child safety, appropriate styles of discipline, and understanding children's emotional and physical needs. English-speaking Fathers may Attend. Three 4-hour sessions. Cost: $155 per individual (covers course fee, registration and materials. Free of charge for fathers who are directly referred by the Domestic Relations Office..) Clients must call 713-942-9500 to pre-register for classes.

April 17th, 6:30 - 8:15 pm "Evenings with Genetics: Updates in Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia". Located at The Children's Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz St., Houston, 77004. Registration is required. For more information, call La'Shore Page at 713-798-4526.

April 19th, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm "Financial Planning" Located at Family to Family Network, 13150 FM 529, Suite 106, Houston, 77041. Financial Planning for Families with a child/adult with disabilities. Christian Prince, with Wealth Development Strategies LLC will discuss the importance of special needs trusts, how to fund them, and other financial strategies to benefit people with disabilities. RSVP requested to ensure enough copies made. Please RSVP here or call 713-466-6304

April 21st, 9:00 - 11:00 am "Promoting Positive Behavior Using Tokens". Located at 4910 Airport Avenue Bldg G Rosenberg, 77471. Discuss what tokens are, why they are valuable and how to use them to promote positive behavior. To reserve your spot at these FREE TRAININGS, please email your RSVP to jessica.ferguson@texanacenter.com by April 19th before the scheduled trainings. In order for the trainings to occur we need a minimum of two attendees. Therefore, please bring a friend if possible. If the number of RSVP is less than two, then the training will be rescheduled. Child care will be provided to those who RSVP and request this service during the training. TEA Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits available free for teachers!

April 21st, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm "Mental and Behavioral Wellness Celebration". Located at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, 6221 S Main St, Houston, 77030. The Mental and Behavioral Wellness Celebration Fair is tailored for youth, adults, parents and educators. They will feature an array of vendors who will provide information about mental and behavioral wellness programs, resources, and services as well as help participants navigate the health system for optimal care. For more information, please contact Karen Haller is karen.haller@houstontx.gov or (832) 393-3335.

April 21st, 9:30 - 11:00 am "The Arc of Greater Houston/Family to Family Network's 2018 Legislative Listening Hour: EmployABLE". Located at The Harris Center, Room 104, 9401 Southwest Freeway, Houston, 77074. Please join policy makers and advocates for a discussion about the opportunities and barriers Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities face when it comes to obtaining competitive jobs. This is a chance to meet your legislators and hear powerful stories from self-advocates and family members about their experiences with this issue. The Arc of Greater Houston is looking for self-advocates and/or family members to share their stories at this event. If you or someone you know with I/DD:
has been or is on the waiting list for waiver services OR
has had problems getting and keeping a community-based, paid job after high school OR
currently has a community-based, paid job OR
has previously lived in a state supported living facility and is now working and living in the community
AND would be willing to provide a short (2-3 minute) testimony at this legislative listening session, then please contact Joanna at joannal@aogh.org. Your story is important and needs to be shared with policy makers! This event is free! Please register here. 

April 23rd, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm "Explore Abilities Day". Located at the Children's Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz St., Houston 77004. Explore Abilities Day is an exclusive event for children with learning disabilities and their families. Families are permitted to bring in outside food and drinks. $5 per person. Free for Children under one and Museum Members. To register, contact Reservations Coordinator Lydia Dungus at (713) 535-7238 or ldungus@cmhouston.org. For more information, contact Vandolyn Esparza, Alexander Specialist for Early Literacy Development and Special Learning Needs at 713.535.7268 or vesparza@cmhouston.org.

April 24th, 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.

April 26th, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm "Social Security/Retirement & SSI – How does this work" Located at Family to Family Network, 13150 FM 529, Suite 106, Houston, 77041. As a parent, one day you will retire and will start to draw down Old Age & Survivor Benefits (OASDI). Your child is collecting SSI and Medicaid. Should you have them access your retirement benefits as a Disabled Adult Child? When does Medicare kick in for them? How does this impact your son/daughter's Medicaid? Learn more from Andrew Hardwick, Social Security Admin. RSVP requested to ensure enough copies made. Please RSVP here or call 713-466-6304.

April 30th, 5:00 - 10:00 pm "All Abilities Night at iFLY". Located at iFLY Indoor Sky, 26860 N. I-45, Oak Ridge North, 77386. All Abilities Night at iFLY is a unique event that makes the dream of flight a reality for those in the disability community. This program has been custom designed for those with physical and cognitive disabilities to create an environment of support and inclusion, while focusing on making what seems impossible, possible. If you have someone in your life that is unable to participate in able-bodied activities but still wants to be challenged and push their limits, this is the perfect event to join. Register here. For more information, contact Staci Smith at 281-903-3160 or SSmith@iflyworld.com .