Friday, January 15

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.



A collaboration between the Down Syndrome Association of South Texas and the Parent Resource Network

Conferencia Virtual de Transición Viendo Adelante

enero 15, 2021

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.



Este evento es una colaboración entre la Asociación del Síndrome Down del Sur Texas (DSASTX) y la Red de Recursos para Padres (PRN)

Price: Teen or Adult with Down syndrome (or any disability): Free

Any Family, Friend or Professional or Student: Free

For Attendees who wish to receive a recording of sessions : $10.00 each

NOTE: The conference will be conducted in English.

Precio: Joven o Adulto con síndrome Down (o cualquier discapacidad): Gratis

Familia, Amistad o Profesional: Gratis

Participantes deseando recibir grabación de las presentaciones: $10.00

NOTA: La conferencia será conducida en inglés.


8:30-9:00 AM
Conference Prep


Gather your materials and review your choices to be ready to begin at 9:00 for the Keynote Address for all participants.

9:00-9:45 am
Keynote Speaker
Main Room

Jo Mascorro

Independent Consultant

Children ONCE ~ Adults FOREVER… Navigating the Transition Continuum
Join us to hear this national speaker, trainer, and author! Insightful “points to ponder” will be shared as an enhancement to present instruction/transition

practices as well as thought provoking “things to consider” while navigating a proactive journey of transition to adulthood.

9:45-9:50 am
9:50-10:00 AM
Main Room

Antonio Martinez
Health & Wellness Coordinator

Enrique Guerrero
Aging & Disability Resource Center

AACOG IDDS provides programs & services which include support with behaviors, community supports, respite, nursing, audiology, counseling, employment & specialized therapies & can also assist clients with ICF group home placements, CFCPASHAB services & classes for caregivers.

10:00-10:45 AM
Breakout Sessions
Please Choose One
Breakout Room #1

Sam Gonzales
Transition Consultant
Education Service Center
Region 20

Transition 101 Overview of the Transition process that schools begin and continue annually to help families and students meet postsecondary goals and be successful after graduation.

Breakout Room #2

Joe Montalvo, Coordinator

Patricia ValdezSecondary Specialist

Sarah Minner,            18+ Transition Coordinator – Edgewood ISD Special Education

Our Journey See and experience the journey of two young men, their families and how they prepared to transition to adulthood and

post-secondary services. A toolkit will be shared to help organize important timelines and daily activities.

10:45-10:50 am
10:50-11:00 AM
Main Room

Heather Long
Directory of Family Support Services
The Arc of San Antonio

Claudia Vargas
Family Engagement Consultant
ESC Region 20

The Arc of San Antonio provides a continuum of services

for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental

Disabilities. Programs include Adult Life Enrichment

(ALE), Case Management and Support Services to help

families navigate life from school to community.

Resources and trainings for parent are provided & district liaisons on the topic of transition. “I work closely with our Transition Consultant @ ESC-20 & our College, Career, & Military Readiness specialists.”

11:00-11:45 AM
Breakout Sessions
Please Choose One
Breakout Room #1

Jeffrey McCracken
Chartered Special Needs Consultant
Mass Mutual Financial Group

“10 Basic Financial Steps for Special Needs Caregivers” Planning for the ultimate transition – death – and what are we doing now to ensure the care of our loved ones?

Breakout Room #2

Natalia Jasso
Executive Director
Inclusion is Sweet

“Finding Your Purpose” As young adults with disabilities transition into independent adult life, it is important that they have a sense of direction. Participants will be guided through combining their passions, personality, and skills to find their purpose.

11:45 AM-12:00 PM
Main Room

Brittany Ewing
Executive Director of Development and Outreach
Disability SA

Jeffrey McCracken
Chartered Special Needs Consultant
Mass Mutual Financial Group

Fiesta Especial is a leadership and educational program where participants learn valuable life skills that they will need for independent living skills and adulthood.

Focus will be on the planning needed today for the continued care of our loved ones and death of a caregiver.

12:00-12:30 PM
Lunch on your own

Feel free to return and enjoy your lunch during the afternoon keynote speaker. The Main Room will be open throughout the lunch timeslot so you can just return to us quickly.

12:30-1:15 PM
Keynote Speaker
Main Room

Dr. James Williams
Chief Operating Office
Bloom Consulting

“Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid in Transition Planning/Evaluations” Session will focus on identifying, understanding and avoiding mistakes. Emphasis will be placed on using vocational evaluations and student involvement to foster self-determined choices and empower all.

1:15-1:20 PM
1:20-1:30 PM
Main Room

Natalie Hulsey
Regional Director
Bloom Consulting

Mary Eitniear
Assessment Intervention Management

Services provided by Bloom Consulting will be discussed to include vocational services and evaluations for people with disabilities.

The organization serves students with disabilities both privately and in public schools. A variety of services provided include evaluations and related services.

1:30-2:15 PM
Breakout Sessions
Please Choose One
Breakout Room #1

Judson ISD Transition Team
Regina Earls
Transition Coordinator
Teresa Pena
18+ Lead Teacher

“Focusing – Begin with the End in Mind: Interagency Collaboration” Planning for the future can be scary, overwhelming, challenging, and yet rewarding. Just as parents must think about their child’s future early, so does the school. Session will present how parents and school and community agencies can work together.

Breakout Room #2

Lisa Rogers
Educating Diverse Learners

“Cultivating Interests and Talents” When children are young, they are asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Those seeds of a dream may continue to bloom and grow over time. Session will provide tools and supports for families as they celebrate and nurture those dreams that stem from interests, talents, and strengths to a path of fulfillment.

2:15-2:20 PM
2:20-2:30 PM
Main Room

Maribel Mota
Community First Health Plans

The STAR Kids health insurance is for people who are 20 yrs. or younger who have a disability and use Medicaid. It is provided in Bexar County and the 7 surrounding counties.

2:30-3:15 PM

Transition Panel Discussion
Sam Gonzales
ESC 20
Transition Coordinator
Jacob Ulczynski
AACOG Senior Director
Tony Ritter
Advantage Care Center
Yolanda Fuentes
Arc of SA
Director of CLASS
Adriana Martinez
Texas Workforce

Panel members will answer questions in the area of transition that include transition in the schools, state services for individuals, home-care options, CLASS and vocational rehabilitation services. While each panel member will be given specific questions, each will make their own closing remark. 

3:15-3:30 PM
Closing Remarks
Main Room

Planning Committee Members


 Join us for closing remarks, announcements, and completion of conference evaluations.