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Making Connections North Tarrant

Saturday, February
 24, 2024

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD • 5800 Colleyville Blvd. 76034

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9 A.M.

Exhibitor Hall Opens

Visit with a variety of Exhibitors providing services and resources for people with disabilities and their families.

9:30 - 10:15

Breakout Session 1 
Breakout descriptions

Choose to attend a breakout session on:

  • Guardianship: Rush to the Courthouse or Last Result?

  • Accessing Services through My Health My Resources of Tarrant County

10:45 - 11:30

Breakout Session 2
Breakout descriptions

Choose to attend a breakout session on:

  • Life Planning Nuts and Bolts

  • Self-Determination: The Counterpart of Self-Advocacy

12:00 - 12:45

Breakout Session 3
Breakout descriptions

Attend a breakout session on:

  • Bring the Fun! Summer Camps for all ages

1:00 P.M.

Exhibitor Hall Closes



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Breakout Sessions:

9:30 - 10:15 a.m.

Guardianship and Alternatives: What is Best for My Child?

An overview of the laws applicable to guardianship in Texas, the evidence and standard of proof needed to obtain a guardianship and the many alternatives to guardianship. By Associate Judge Patricia Burns, Tarrant County Probate 2 Court

Accessing Services through My Health My Resources

As the State’s Local IDD Authority (LIDDA), MHMR is the first point of contact for families looking for services. Learn about Texas’ interest lists, options and benefits, and the criteria for services. By Stephanie Morris & Natasha Sankey, My Health My Resources of Tarrant County

10:45 - 11:30 p.m.

Life Planning Nuts and Bolts

Caregivers have many concerns and responsibilities in the care of their loved one.  How does one plan for their finances, daily physical care, emotional support, medical and education needs, housing and transportation needs, or attendants for legal matters?  Learn the many steps in preparing for your child’s future. By TJ Kroehle, Texas Life Planning

Self-Determination: The Counterpart of Self-Advocacy

The Self-Determination group was established in 2014 by Carissa Oaschall & Jamie Butler to amplify the voices of people with disabilities to live a self-determined life. Hear members of the group share about the importance of voice and choice for individuals with disabilities.

12:00 - 12:45 p.m.

Bring the Fun! Summer Camps for all ages

Summer is quickly approaching, learn about some of the summer programs designed for individuals with IDD that are available in our area. Programs included:  Camp Summit - overnight camp in Paradise, TX, Ability Connection - Day Camp in Irving, TX, Puzzles DFW - Day Camp in Irving, TX, and Bridges to Success Camps - various overnight camps in DFW

About our Presenters

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TJ Kroehle

For Families of Special Needs

TJ Has been working with Families of Special Needs since he was age 16. TJ and Tracey are parenting Lauren, a person of Special Needs. TJ helps clients understand their need to develop the appropriate wills and trusts. He helps them see the need for a "Letter of Intent" which defines their special needs person's hopes, dreams and desires through a lifetime strategy. He is knowledgeable in government programs that aid special needs families, and he coaches families in how to obtain government aid, such as SSI. More importantly he helps the family understand how to maintain those government programs throughout their loved one's lifetime. Life Planning for Families of Special Needs is a non-profit group created by TJ to specialize in assisting individuals with disabilities and their families. TJ frequently speaks to state and local groups such as ARC, Life Path, Down Syndrome Guilds, Autism Societies, Region X and XI, various ISD's, and other similar organizations. Whether it is insurance and estate planning, a secure retirement, or leaving a legacy, every person, family and situation is unique and requires customized and highly personalized solutions.

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Stephanie Morris

My Health My Resources of Tarrant County

Stephanie Morris is the Parent & Family Advocate for Disability Services, MHMRTC. She is a parent of a young man with special needs.  She supports families by helping them make decisions and choices regarding services and negotiates families concerns with service providers when requested.  She helps educate families to have a clear understanding of their rights and how services should be provided. Finally, she is parent who can relate and listen to your concerns.
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Associate Judge Patricia Burns

Tarrant County Probate Court #2

Patricia Burns is the newly appointed associate judge of Probate Court No. 2 in Tarrant County, Texas.  She has received her JD for Texas Wesleyan School of Law, now known as Texas A&M School of Law in 2000.  For 24 years, Judge Burns’ has assisted thousands of families in the area of guardianship, probate, mental health and CPS law.  She has her certification in mediation and attended LSU for her undergraduate degree.  Previously she served on the Texas Guardianship Association, and received recognized as a Top Attorney, and received the Great Women of Texas Award,  Legacy of Women Award, and Woman of Influence Award.
Presenter Bios
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