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 and Bryan ISD 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 

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Link for volunteer registration 

Additional details: 

  • Sibling support group ages 7 and up
  • Child Care (for ages 2+) available
  • Advocacy training for students ages 11 and up available
  • 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 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 general series flyer

Haga clic aquí para imprimir el folleto de la serie



2019-2020 Session Topics

This season we will be incorpoarting tools from

Charting the LifeCourse (CtLC) into each sesion. 

(click titles to download session handouts)

September 5, 2019

What's Your Child's Vision of a Good Life?

Life Trajectory CtLC

Experiences Booklet CtLC

Life Domains Vision Tool CtLC

Planificando Para El Futuro

Trayectoria de Vida CtLC

Folleto de Experiencias CtLC

October 3, 2019

The Empty Chair…Who is Missing from the ARD Table

My Book About Me

My School Portfolio CtLC

La silla vacía ... ¿Quién falta de la mesa ARD?

November 7, 2019

IEPs- Making Them Count! Making the Most of your Child’s Time in School

December 5, 2019

Are you Teaching or Doing?  Creating Independence

February 6, 2020

Behavior- What to Do if Your Child is in a Crisis

March 5, 2020

Paving The Road for a Smoother Future- Getting Plugged in to Your Community

April 2, 2020

A Clearer Future Belongs to those who Prepare Today- A Planning Workshop 

May 7, 2020

Life Isn’t Just Work- Finding a Community for All





2018-2019 Session Topics

(click titles to download session handouts)

September 6, 2018

Friendships: Making and Keeping Friends

Haciendo y Manteniendo Amigos

October 4, 2018

The Road to Independence

19 Ways For a Parent to Step Back

Critical Skills for Independence

El Camino a la Independencia 

19 Maneras De Dar Un Paso Atrás

Habilidades Críticas Para La Independencia

November 1, 2018

You or Google? Who Will Teach Your Child About Puberty?

Autism Speaks Puberty Tool Kit

Vanderbilt/Kennedy Center's Healthy Bodies for Girls

Vanderbilt/Kennedy Center's Healthy Bodies for Girls Appendix

Vanderbilt/Kennedy Center's Healthy Bodies for Boys

Vanderbilt/Kennedy Center's Healthy Bodies for Boys Appendix

Parent's Guide To Protecting Against Sexual Abuse

Sexuality and Down Syndrome

Sexuality and Disability

Puberty and Children on the Autism Spectrum

Talking to Your Child About Sexuality Ages 0-7

Talking to Your Child About Sexuality Ages 7-12

Talking to Your Child About Sexuality Ages 13 and up

¿Usted o Google? ¿Quién le enseñará a su hijo sobre la pubertad?

Cuerpos Sanos Para Varones

Cuerpos Sanos Para Varones-Anexo

Cuerpos Sanos Para Niñas

Cuerpos Sanos Para Niñas-Anexo

December 6, 2018


February 7, 2019

What and How Will They Learn? IEP Goals Lead The Way

¿Qué y cómo aprenderán? Las metas del IEP lideran el camino.


March 7, 2019

Love is Friendship on Fire- How Will You Teach Your Child to Stay Safe In The Flames? 

El amor es amistad en el fuego.
¿Cómo le enseñará a su hijo a mantenerse a salvo en las llamas?

April 4, 2019

Working Together to Make Behavioral Changes- Behavior Intervention Plans

Trabajando juntos para hacer cambios de comportamiento - Planes de intervención de comportamiento (BIP)

May 2, 2019

Safety Is No Accident- Teaching Safe Actions at Home and In The Community 


Summer Sessions


Date Session Topic
May 29, 2018 Is My Child Ready For Camp?
July 5, 2018

TX ABLE Account

TX ABLE Quick Info 

Información de TX ABLE

Presentation Slides

ABLE Act and Trust Options Report 

August 11, 2018 Adverse Childhood Experiences


Click on a previous event for more information and resources 


Date 2017-2018 Session Topics
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 discapacidad

February 1, 2018

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

Handout not available. For more info visit https://namibv.org/

March 1, 2018

 Phones and computers…how safe are your children?

Teléfonos y computadoras- ¿Qué tan seguros están sus hijos?


April 5, 2018

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

"Como Ayudar a su Hijo Aceptar No"

May 3, 2018

 We're all in this family--Supporting siblings

Apoyando los Hermanos Sin Discapacidades


Date 2016-2017 Session Topics
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

Session Outline