2:00 pm14:00

Managing the Cycle of Acting Out Behavior

Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.


The phases of acting-out behavior will be described, as well as, effective strategies for managing behavior during each phase of the cycle.

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5466 by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, November 28th. **

This training will be provided via webinar. Please email and she can send you the webinar link when she receives it.  

1:30 pm13:30

Upcoming FREE Parent Trainings held at ESC-20

To register: Call Lori Williams at 210-370-5466 or email

Saturday, November 12, 2016, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Families Talking Together

Families Talking Together (FTT) is a parent-based program effective in delaying sexual initiation and preventing risky sexual behavior among middle-school-aged youth. This evidenced-based program is designed to promote effective communication skills. Parents are given information and skills they can use to help their adolescent children form healthy relationships, set goals, employ refusal skills, and increase self-esteem. Parents also learn about their teen’s development, monitoring and supervision strategies, and how to build stronger relationships with their teen children. This training is presented by Healthy Futures of Texas. 

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5466 by 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 10thth. **


1:30 pm13:30

STAAR Accommodations

Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

In this training, parents will come to understand what accommodations are, how to support their child with accommodations at home and the allowable accommodations for the STAAR assessment.

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5466 by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, November 14th. **

This training will be provided via webinar. Please email and she can send you the webinar link when she receives it.  

8:30 am08:30

Are you a family caregiver? Family Caregiver Summit

  • Whitley Theological Center

Are you a Family Caregiver?

The 2016 Caregiver Summit is especially designed for family caregivers and professionals/community agencies who serve them. They feature national speakers with great expertise in caregiving. The summit is free, but registration is required. Lunch is provided, and limited respite is available. CEU’s are available to social workers and nurses. To find out more, click here:

12:00 pm12:00

What is My Child’s School Talking About?

What is My Child’s School Talking About?

Acronyms, school report cards, site-based decision-making committees … oh my! Let’s spend some time talking about today’s school system and how that translates into much of the information you receive from your neighborhood school. In this training, we will explore what it means to be a Title I served campus and how to navigate the system for a better experience for you and your child.

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5466 by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, November7th. **

This training will be provided via webinar. Please email me and I can send you the webinar link when I receive it. 

1:00 pm13:00

Northside ISD Community Fair for Families of Students with Disabilities Northside would like to invite the public

  • Northside Activity Center

Northside ISD Community Fair for Families of Students with Disabilities

Northside would like to invite the public

  • Summer/ Respite Opportunities
  • State and Local Agencies
  • Transition Information
  • Vocational/Employment/Day Hab Programs
  • Residential Facilities
  • Recreational and Leisure Opportunities
  • Guardianship information
  • Autism Organizations
  • Support Groups
  • Refreshments
6:00 pm18:00

The 7 Habits of Successful Families Series

The 7 Habits of Successful Families Series

November 1, 8, 16; 6:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m.


It’s no secret that many families today are in trouble. The 7 Habits of Successful Families training offers a much-needed framework for applying universal, self-evident principles that enable family members to communicate their challenges and overcome them successfully together.                                                                              

In this training, parents will learn to:

·         Apply an “Inside-Out Approach” to problem solving and goal creation;

·         Resolve differences in marriage and family relationships by creatively cooperating together;

·         Establish a better work/life balance;

·          Become more effective in raising emotionally healthy and empowered children;

·         Employ the skills of Empathic Listening and synergy; and

·          Learn to effectively discipline and motivate children.

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5466

This training will be provided via webinar. Please email   If you do plan on participating via webinar with this session, email Kimberly for materials needed.

4:30 pm16:30

More Delightful Than Frightful Scaring Up Benefits for San Antonio Food Bank

  • Morgan's Wonderland

The popular "More Delightful Than Frightful" Halloween celebration will welcome children age 12 and younger and special-needs individuals of all ages from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. 

                In addition to offering a fun, safe Halloween experience, More Delightful Than Frightful will help the San Antonio Food Bank fight hunger in 16 Southwest Texas counties.  Each person who brings three or more non-perishable food items to Morgan's Wonderland before Oct. 31 will receive a coupon good for free admission to Morgan's Wonderland for More Delightful Than Frightful.  On the day of Halloween, admission will be free for those with special needs and $5 for everyone else.  All food donations and a portion of admissions revenue will go directly to the Food Bank. 

                District 5840 Rotary Clubs are partnering with Morgan's Wonderland in staging More Delightful Than Frightful.  For more information, visit

8:00 am08:00

Golfing for a Cause

  • The Club at Sonterra

Golf for Meredith - Benefiting Children's Association for Maximum Potential (CAMP)

You're invited to play in the Golf for Meredith Tournament
benefiting Children's Association for Maximum Potential (CAMP).

Golfers will play 18 holes at the beautiful Club at Sonterra and receive a light lunch.

Proceeds raised from the tournament will provide scholarships for individuals with special needsto attend Camp CAMP, a residential summer camp in the Texas Hill Country.

At CAMP, no camper is ever turned away due to the severity of their disability, or their family's inability to pay the full cost of a week at CAMP. Campers range in age from 5 to 50, and do everything “typical” campers would do, swim, canoe, ride horses, play paintball, and much more! Each activity is modified to their individual needs. With a 1:1 camper to counselor ratio, and a full medical staff, all campers are assured a fun, medically safe, camping experience, while their family members and caregivers receive much needed respite from caring for a child with special needs 24/7. For many, this is the only break they receive all year!

5:00 pm17:00

Any Baby Can Halloween Party

  • Ballroom at Crowne Plaza Hotel- Airport

Once again we are happy to offer our annual Halloween Party for children with autism and their families. This is a great time to join in on the fun and share information about your services to over 200 families. Don't miss this opportunity to meet new families and their kids. A $35 vendor fee is asked to help cover the cost of venue. We will provide a table and two chairs and all the candy you will need to share with the children. If you're interested in attending, please contact Tisha Gonzalez at Any Baby Can for further details. 

11:00 am11:00

APPSA October Meeting- STAR Kids Prep!

  • Catholic Life Building, 1st Floor Conference Room

APPSA Members & Guests,

Gary Jessee, the HHSC Medicaid Director, COMMUNITY First Health Plan, and SUPERIOR Health Plan will all be joining APPSA to discuss our concerns and questions regarding the STAR Kids implementation in an OPEN FORUM. 

Are You STAR Kids Ready?

Please submit your questions and concerns by replying to this email no later than Friday!

Question Ideas:

  • Prior Authorizations and continuation of services
  • MDCP Coordination for ISP's and authorizations
  • Access Issues for patients
  • Provider Reimbursement
10:00 am10:00

Autism Lifeline Links

  • Morgan's Wonderland Event Center

Please join us on Tuesday, October 18 at the Morgan's Wonderland Event Center to celebrate the official launch of Autism Lifeline Links, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded through an initiative funded by the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation.

Autism Lifeline Links is a coalition of agencies and organizations working together to provide quality services, resources and care for individuals, families, caregivers, educators and others in the autism community. Our referral agencies are part of an information sharing and referral platform designed to streamline and simplify connecting individuals and families with agencies and organizations that provide services addressing the challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

We look forward to having you join us with Autism Lifeline Links’ agencies, community service providers, school district superintendents, special education directors, funders, and many others working to improve the quality of life for the autism population.

When:        Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

Location:   Morgan’s Wonderland Event Center
5223 David Edwards Dr., San Antonio, Texas

Please reply to Ingrid Petty at on or before October 12.

1:00 pm13:00


  • Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG)

AACOG is creating a four-hour training program for first responders about Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The training will prepare law enforcement officers and other first responders to respond effectively and interact with special populations in different emergency situations

Community involvement and partnership are key to tailoring this new training to meet the needs of our local area. As a leader in the disability and/or first responder community you are invited to attend an important stakeholders meeting:

WHEN:                 Monday, October 17 from 1 – 3 PM

WHERE:               Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG)

                                First Floor Board Room

                                8700 Tesoro Drive, San Antonio, Texas

At this partnership meeting we will:

·         Discuss local needs

·         Create a vision of the ideal training

·         Identify existing tools and program elements that can be integrated into this training

·         Identify some potential trainers for future training teams

Your expertise and insight as a leader in this area is highly valued. We welcome your input to help us create an excellent training program that will be particularly suited to the needs of our region.

Please RSVP your attendance to Susan Lodge at or (210) 362-5230. 


11:00 am11:00

3rd Annual FORE! Any Baby Can Golf Tournament!

  • The Resort Course at La Cantera

We invite you to our 3rd Annual FORE! Any Baby Can Golf Tournament will take place at The Resort at La Cantera with the proceeds benefiting Any Baby Can. This is sure to be an outstanding day of golf and fun!

Golfer or no golfer, there are many ways to get involved in the FORE! Any Baby Can Golf Tournament sponsored by Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®.

8:00 am08:00

Trauma Informed Care in IDD

  • Aacog Boardroom

Don’t miss this opportunity!

“Developmental disability is a very broad term encompassing people with intellectual disabilities to autism spectrum to medically-related impairments. However, research, not surprisingly, has found that people with developmental disabilities have alarmingly high rates of trauma -- Individuals with disabilities are four times more likely to be victims of crimes as non-disabled (Sobsey, 1996); prevalence of sexual abuse for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is 16.6 percent compared to 8 percent for general population; the risk of abuse increases 78 percent due to exposure to the disability service system (Sobsey & Doe, 1991).

People with disabilities are more vulnerable at every point in the “lifecycle of a traumatic event.” Because of limited knowledge, social skills, and verbal skills, they are more vulnerable to being exposed to abuse. They are less likely to tell someone about the abuse. If exposed, they may be limited in their ability to make sense of the experience. They are likely to display more trauma-related symptoms and behaviors. Their capacity to heal may be limited by their disability. They face immense stigma and marginalization by society at large which may be traumatic in itself or make traumatic experiences worse”.

11:00 am11:00

World Mental Health Day

  • Mission County Park- Dance Pavilion

World Mental Health Day is Monday, October 10th!

Help Reduce the Stigma of Mental Illness! Flyer attached!

Free Family Event!

9:00 am09:00

Autism Speaks Walk

  • The Domain

Autism Speaks Austin Walk


In just one week, this year’s Autism Speaks Austin Walk will be at The Domain! It’s not too late to register!

Sign up to participate as an individual or team today.

Can you imagine having a daughter with autism and then three years later … having your son diagnosed with autism too?

That’s what happen us with our children Breleigh and Brett, both living with autism. Breleigh was nonverbal and showed little emotion. Slowly but surely with early intervention and therapies she progressed. When Brett was born, it was important for us to know that he would get the same chance.

Each year we walk for our family and yours. We walk because we know early intervention makes a difference. We walk because the services our children receive make a difference.

We know that the dollars we all raise will be used to fund research to better understand autism and support initiatives that address the most urgent needs of our community like safety, medical advancement, employment and housing. Issues that we know are important to you too.

And as an added bonus, walking is fun – we all have a great time, so please join us and sign up now to walk on 10/09/2016 at The Domain!

Hope you’ll be there!
Melanie and Brian

Your Local Autism Speaks Contact:

6:00 pm18:00

Free to Soar Gala Modern-Day Heroes Due for Special Recognition

  • Morgan's Wonderland
Six compassionate individuals who have distinguished themselves in helping those with special needs will be honored at the 7th Annual "Free to Soar" Gala on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Morgan's Wonderland.   
The fundraiser will benefit both non-profit Morgan's Wonderland and next-door The Academy at Morgan's Wonderland school for students with special needs.
11:00 am11:00

Autism Community Network-2016 Backyard Social!

Autism Community Network will be hosting this year's Backyard Social at Blanco BBQ! Come join us for free family fun, socialize with other ACN families, get to know our team, and learn more about local autism services. 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

11:00 am-2:00 pm

Kids get a free meal and tee shirt!

Door prizes and goody bags!

Contact Marisol Martinez at 210-435-1000 or to register!

10:00 am10:00


  • Esmond Pabilona Financial Professional

Let's plan for the future together. 

This workshop helps you gain knowledge about the different types of Special Needs Trusts. We will focus on the importance of protecting public benefits while planning a legacy for your loved ones. 

Workshop overview: Estate planning documents, special needs trusts, public benefit protection

Presented by Amelia Edelman from Weisinger Law Firm, PLLC

RSVP by September 12th to

9:30 am09:30

Pathways to Adulthood

  • Texas Parent to Parent

Pathways to Adulthood is a FREE one-day seminar!

Participants will learn how to plan NOW for quality of life. 

Texas Pare to Parent (TxP2P) Transition Team

The one day seminar will provide families and professionals with the information and tools needed to plan for a young adult's life after high school. It is open to families whose children have a disability, chronic illness or other special health care needs, and the professionals who work with them. 

Topics include

  • funding sources
  • legal issues: guardianship and alternatives, estate planning
  • school transition services& maximizing remaining school years
  • medical transition
  • opportunities for work
  • ideas for establishing a positive family-run home
  • building networks of support

Registration now open or to learn more about the Texas Paren to Parent Pathways to Adulthood program please contact, Cynda Green at 512-458-8600 or

2:00 pm14:00


  • Warm Spring Resource Center

Project MEND, in partnership with the Warm Springs Resource Center, is excited to offer the opportunity for you to learn about a variety of Assistive Technology devices we have available for demonstration through the Texas Technology Access Program. The technologies that will be available for a “hands on” experience are items to assist with Daily Living challenges, Hearing, Vision, & Communication impairments, and computer enhanced technologies.

September 20th, 2016 10AM-2PM

Warm Spring Resource Center

5101 Medical Drive San Antonio TX, 78229

RSVP to Or call 210-223-6363 Light Refreshments will be provided

2:30 pm14:30

Webinar: Fire Preparedness and Post-Disaster Accessibility Issues in the Home

The NIDILRR-funded Pacific ADA Regional Center will host a webinar, FEMA Promising Practices: Fire Preparedness and Post-Disaster Accessibility Issues in the Home, September 8th, 2:30-4pm ET. This webinar will have two presentations that look at preparedness and accessibility issues in the home, including selecting and installing smoke alarms and alert systems that meet the needs of people with disabilities. The webinar will also cover issues of access and universal design in post-disaster recovery and rebuilding. Registration is free and required. Previous FEMA Promising Practices webinars are available in the archive.

10:00 am10:00

Webinar- STAR Kids Rollout: How will Texas families be affected?

STAR Kids Rollout:  How will Texas families be affected?  webinar on Thursday, September 1st at 10:00 AM CST:

It's time to focus on Texas families!  The STAR kids rollout in Texas will affect over 180,000 families who have kids with special healthcare needs.  The moment of truth is rapidly approaching on November 1st when we will find out how well we have communicated to families who will be affected by this change.

At CareStarter, we have had many conversations about how we can help families in Texas with this change.  We have also received quite a bit of feedback from the community.  The common themes are: fear around unanswered questions regarding enrollment, continuity of care during the transition, which providers will accept each plan, and will the benefits change.

CareStarter is committed to provide information to families which is why we are presenting this FREE webinar to Texas families.  We will endeavor to answer your questions including how our app will help families find providers who accept these new health plans with our 100% insurance match around the STAR Kids rollout!  Register now for this FREE one hour webinar!

Topic 1:  STAR Kids Rollout - What is it and how does it affect families in Texas?
Topic 2:  Help!  I'm Confused - Top ten questions families have around the STAR Kids Rollout.
Topic 3:  CareStarter App - Using the free CareStarter App to find providers who take my new plan!

10:00 am10:00

Informational Fair for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

  • AACOG Al J. Notzon III Board Room

Don’t miss out on the chance to meet with many of the Intermediate Care Facility Providers and Alamo Local Authority Staff who will all be available to answer any questions you have. 

You will have the opportunity to hear all about Residential Options, Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services, and Eligibility. On site staff can assist you with getting on the Medicaid Waiver Interest List, so don’t miss this great opportunity. All Counties in the Alamo Region are welcomed.