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The Forum - News from AAIDD Texas ChapterFebruary, 2015
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See You in July!

AAIDD Texas Chapter's Annual Convention will be here before you know it!  Mark your calendar's for July 28-31, 2015 and join us in Corpus Christi Texas for our 40th Birthday Celebration!  Look for complete information on sessions, registration and awards coming in April.
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President's Message

Margo Childs, MHMRA of Harris County

AAIDD Texas Chapter President
The emergence of a new year brings new tasks and opportunities for all who work in the area of Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services across the great State of Texas.  The 84th Texas Legislative Session has commenced with diverse funding matters for our elected officials to examine for the next biennium.  In spite of the challenges faced by our legislators and changes for our state, there are welcomed possibilities for us by way of federal governmental funding ...
Convention Report

Connie Cisneros, Tropical Texas Behavioral Health
AAIDD Texas Chapter Convention Committee Chair
Guess who is turning 40?   AAIDD Texas Chapter will be having its 40th annual convention in sunny Corpus Christi on July 28th through the 31st.  The convention will be held at the Omni Hotel located right off the waters of the gulf.  Our Planning  committee is preparing for a convention that will provide information and resources to support persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) ... >>Read More

Be a part of the AAIDD Texas Chapter 40th Annual Convention - prepare a presentation or encourage your staff to submit one.  Click here for complete details.

Deadline for Sumisisons is March 6, 2015
Membership Report
Ellis M. (Pat) Craig, Ph.D.
AAIDD Texas Chapter Membership Chair
Membership in the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) has many benefits for professionals and others working or interested in the field.  Educational opportunities are abundant.  AAIDD's professional journals and books contain information on the latest advances in the field ... >>Read More
The Texas 84th Legislative Session
Dion White, Center for Life Resources
AAIDD Texas Chapter Treasurer
As we start a new Legislative session there are many items we are being presented with.  The State is dealing with a drought that has really impacted many areas with some very negative consequences in agriculture and tourism.  As more people move into the State the need for an improved transportation system becomes greater.  On top of this there is also a great demand to improve our education system ...  >>Read More