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** NEW DATE **
Saturday, April 29, 2023
9:45 A.M. - 1 P.M.
Bill R. Johnson Career & Technology Center
4500 Longhorn Trail, Fort Worth, TX 76036

Schedule of Events

9 A.M.

Exhibitor Check-in
  • Exhibitor check-in begins. 

9:45 A.M.

Attendee Check-in

  • Doors open for attendees.  

10:00 - 10:45 A.M.

Keynote Panel Presentation: "Yesterday’s Vision / Today’s Reality"
  • Join us for a complimentary breakfast and keynote panel discussion with self-advocate and parents of adult children with disabilities.  Discussion will center on how these families have navigated the reality of life after high school, and how today compares with what they envisioned when their children were still in school.

10:00 A.M.

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

11 - 11:45 A.M.

Breakout Session 1:
"Sexuality Health and Puberty"
  • Information to help parents and youth develop supportive bonds during the physical and emotional changes brought on by puberty, and techniques to promote sexuality health, safety, proper hygiene and preventative care. By Dr. Michael J Parker, PhD, Senior Clinical Director, and James Turnage, My Health My Resources of Tarrant County

12:15 - 1:00 P.M.

Breakout Session 2:
"Interest Lists - The Place To Be!"
  • Information about the HCS, TxHmL, and CLASS waiver lists.  Learn what they are, how to get on them, and why you do not wait to get on the list!

12:30 P.M.

Exhibitor Hall Closes
  • Please thank Exhibitors for the wonderful information provided.

1:00 P.M.

  • Complete the attendee survey to enter door prize drawings. 

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Our Presenters


Dr. Michael J Parker, PhD

My Health My Resources of Tarrant County

Dr. Michael Parker is Senior Clinical Director of MHMR Tarrant Disability Services and Director of IDD Eligibility.  He chairs the DS Clinical Team and belongs to a variety of agency committees. Dr. Parker is a graduate of Northwestern University, holds a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Fisk University and obtained his doctorate in School Psychology at Texas Woman’s University. He has 40 years of experience in private practice, community-based settings, such as Child Study Center, and the school districts Dallas ISD and Fort Worth ISD. His preferred populations included individuals with emotional, intellectual and behavioral issues. Professionally he enjoys consultation, supervision, program development, and public speaking. Dr. Parker is a former adjunct with the University of North Texas. He has been interviewed by CNN, NBC and CBS news as well as quoted extensively in Time Magazine.  He contributed to writing the Texas HHS Commission’s Determination of Intellectual Disability: Best Practice Guidelines. Dr. Parker is a licensed Psychologist, a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, and a certified mediator.

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James Turnage, M.A., LPC-S

My Health My Resources of Tarrant County

James Turnage, M.A, LPC-S, is Director of Supports with Disability Services and Behavioral Health Services. He is also clinical supervisor for the supported employment program which serves disability and behavioral health programs. He directs a trauma-based services team for individuals who are victims of crime within the Disability Services division of My Health My Resources of Tarrant County. He also provides professional staff developmental trainings in MHMRTC and in the community related to understanding mental health issues in individuals with IDD.


Additional Bios coming soon


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