Purposeful Life: Family Training Series

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The Center on Disability and Development (CDD) at Texas A&M University, Down Syndrome Association of Brazos Valley (DSABV), Families of Autistic Children Engaged Together for Support (FACETS), Brazos Center for Independent Living (BVCIL), College Station ISD, Bryan ISD, Texas Department of Assitive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) and the Texas Department for Blind Services (DBS) are hosting a free workshop series for parents and family members of children with disabilities.

WHAT:  A Purposeful Life- Family Training Series  

WHO: Parents, family members, self-advocates and children with disabilities 

WHEN: First Thursday of every month from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Central Baptist Church, Fellowship Room - 1991 FM 158 Rd. College Station, TX 77845 

***Click here to RSVP (English)***

***Pulse aquí para registrarse (español)***

Link for volunteer registration 

Additional details: 

  • New for 2017-2018- Sibling support group!
  • Child Care (for ages 2+) will be available
  • Advocacy training for students ages 11 and up will be available
  • Fungineering will provide some exciting and fun lessons about teamwork!
  • Food will be provided! Please RSVP to be on the list for dinner!
  • For accessibility/transportation, please contact BVCIL at 979.776.5505. Tranportation requests must be made one week prior to event date. 


Upcoming events will be held at:

Central Baptist Church
1991 FM 158 Rd. College Station, TX 77845

6:00pm-7:30pm (5:45 check-in, 6:00-6:15 “eat & mingle”, 6:15-7:30 training)

Child Care provided by TAMU Students

For accessibility or transportation requests contact Pat Morse at BVCIL (979.776.5505)

Click here to download the December flyer

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Click here to download the Fall series flyer

Haga clic aquí para imprimir el folleto de la serie del otoño


Topics for 2017-2018


Date  Session Topic
September 7, 2017

 Everyone has differences, mine just has a name-Talking to your child about his/her disability

Hablando con su hijo sobre su discapacidad

October 5, 2017

Why punishing your child may not be working

Learn to change behavior with positive behavior supports

¿Por Qué el Castigo No Funciona con Mi Hijo?

Cambiando el Comportamiento con Apoyos Positivos

November 2, 2017

 You can get results (but they might not be for the best!)

Collaboration With Schools

Puedes Obtener Resultados (Puede Qué No Sean Los Mejores)

Colaboración Con Las Escuelas

December 7, 2017

 Your unexpected journey- including the recurring grief of parenting

a child with a disability.

Su Viaje Inesperado- Discutiendo el recureente dolor que puede ocurrir al criar un niño con una discapadidad

February 1, 2018

 I'm not fine-  Supporting the emotional needs of children with disabilities.

March 1, 2018

 Phones and computers…how safe are your children?

April 5, 2018

 "No means No"- teaching your child to accept your "no"

May 3, 2018

 We're all in this family--Supporting siblings


Click on a previous event for more information and resources from that event.


Date Session Topic
January 7, 2016 How Can I Help My Child Have a More Purposeful Life?
February 4, 2016 Person-Centered Thinking Training for Families
March 3, 2016 ARD Meetings: An Opportunity for Self-Determination
and Self-Advocacy
April 7, 2016 Understanding your Child’s Behavior
May 5, 2016 Life After High School… Planning Starts Now!


Date SessionTopic
September 1, 2016 "Looking Ahead" - Series Overview & Speaker Panel 
October 6, 2016

"Who is the I in IEP?" - Review of ARD and IEP

TEA Special Education Dispute Resolution Systems Handbook

TEA Manual De Los Sistemas Para Resolución De Conflictos De Educación Especial

November 3, 2016 "Sticks and Stones- Words Do Hurt!" - Bullying 
December 1, 2016 "You Can't Pour From an Empty Cup" - Family Wellness
February 2, 2017

"My Kid's Going To Be A Grown-Up?" - Independence (MS/HS session)

I Can Do That! Independence (birth-elementary school session)

Yo Puedo Hacer Eso! 

March 2, 2017

"Surviving Puberty- This Time As a Parent" - Adolescence and Puberty

Puberty Checklist

Autism Speaks Puberty Tool Kit

Vanderbilt/Kennedy Center's Healthy Bodies for Girls

Vanderbilt/Kennedy Center's Healthy Bodies for Girls Appendix

Cuerpos Sanos Para Varones

Cuerpos Sanos Para Varones-Anexo

Cuerpos Sanos Para Niñas

Cuerpos Sanos Para Niñas-Anexo

April 6, 2017

"Behavior- What Are You Trying to Tell Me?" - Behavior Management

Comportamiento- ¿Qué Estás Tratando de Decirme? 

May 4, 2017

"Teaching Social Skills- Because No One Lives in Isolation" - Social Skills

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