MAKING CONNECTIONS NORTH TARRANT

SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2020  10 AM - 2 PM

Northwest ISD Administration Building

2001 Texan Drive, Justin 76247

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10 A.M.

Exhibitor Hall Opens

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

10:30 - 11:30 A.M.

Breakout Session 1 
Breakout descriptions

Choose to attend a breakout session on:

  • Basic Behavior Techniques

  • Guardianship, Alternatives and the Law

12:30 - 1:30 P.M.

Breakout Session 2
Breakout descriptions

Choose to attend a breakout session on:

  • SSI, Medicaid Waiver Programs, Trusts and Wills

  • Understanding the ABLE Account: Saving for your child's future

2:00 P.M.

Exhibitor Hall Closes

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Breakout Sessions:


The ABLE Account

An ABLE Account is a tax-advantaged savings account to help individuals with disabilities save money. Learn how Texans with disabilities can to save up to $15,000 per year for disability-related expenses without losing eligibility under SSI, SSDI, Medicaid and other means-tested public benefits.  By Anna Mallett, ABLE Outreach Specialist, Texas Comptrollers Office

SSI, Medicaid Waiver Programs, Trusts and Wills

Waiver programs, SSI, wills and trusts discussed. By TJ Kroehle, Texas Life Planning

 

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  Judge Chris Ponder, Tarrant County Probate 1 Court.

Basic Behavior Management Techniques

Many families with children with disabilities encounter behavior concerns in the home and community, such as not following directions and aggression. Parents and caregivers will obtain information and the understanding of why children engage in behaviors of concern and how to respond to these behaviors. Problem solving examples and strategies that can be implemented in the home will be discussed. By Megan Thompson, PBS Corp.

About our Presenters

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TJ as he is known, is an independent life planner, who works with families with special needs. He understands the importance of developing a strategic, long-term life plan that takes into consideration their very unique circumstances. 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. T J 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.

Thomas P. Kroehle, Jr.

For Families of Special Needs

Anna Mallett has worked the Texas Comptroller's Office for nine years and currently serves as the Outreach Specialist for the state’s new Texas ABLE® Program. She previously worked as an Outreach Coordinator for the Texas Tuition Promise Fund, the state’s prepaid 529 plan. Anna has over 19 years of service with the State of Texas including serving as Grant Program Manager for the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles and Public Relations Manager at the Texas Department of Transportation.

Anna Mallett

Texas Comptroller's Office

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Judge Ponder was elected as Tarrant County Probate Court Judge in 2019. As one of the two Probate Courts in Tarrant County, he establishes guardianships for incapacitated persons and minors; handles civil mental health commitments; hears cases related to family and charitable trusts and responsible for maintaining contact with every person under a guardianship each year.  Prior to election, Chris served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office.  Always in the Civil Division of the District Attorney’s Office, Chris spent much of his time as the Chief of the DA’s Mental Health Division.  Chris received a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Texas at Arlington prior to earning his law degree from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in 2003. Throughout his career, Chris has been a frequent speaker on mental health law to the Texas District and County Attorney’s Association.  Chris has also been honored with induction into the exclusive Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court.

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Judge Chris Ponder

Ms. Thompson lives in Haslet, TX with her dog and close to her immediate family. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and the Regional Clinical Training Coordinator for Positive Behavior Supports in the DFW area. She has worked as a therapist in a clinic and in Italy, supervising other therapists and learning the culture. She has also worked as a BCBA in both the home and in public education, working with individuals from ages 3 to 22 years old with developmental disabilities. M. Thompson received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington and her Master of Science degree in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas.

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Megan Thompson, BCBA

 

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