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Our Faculty

National speakers enable Partners participants to learn “what’s possible” because the policies, practices, or activities are successful in other places.

The quality of the Texas Partners in Policymaking program depends on speakers who can present “what’s possible” and who:

  • Are experts in the topic area, including having an understanding of the connection between levels of government, systems change, and policy results.
  • Have a broad perspective on cutting edge/best practices in disability issues that are consistent with an empowering vision.
  • Understand what Partners in Policymaking is all about and are committed to the Core Values.
  • Know how to communicate about their topic of expertise through adult learning methods including blended learning.
  • Are motivated and enthusiastic themselves, and able to inspire and energize participants.

2017-2018 National Speaker Line-Up

Training Workshop Schedule
  • Sent
  • Confirmed

SessionDateSubjectSpeakers AustinSpeakers RGV
110/11 Aug 2018

HISTORY of Disability Services
HISTORY of Parent Movement, Self-Advocacy, Independent Living &
People First Language

  • Lex Frieden (10 AUG)
  • Laura Saenze (10 AUG)
  • Lisa Flores (10 AUG)
  • Scott Daigle (11 AUG)
  • Julie Ross (11 AUG)
  • Kathie Snow (10-11 AUG)Kathie Snow
221/22 Sept 2018

INCLUSIVE EDUCATION & LIFE LONG LEARNING
IDEA & 504
CIVIL DISCOURSE COMMUNICATION

  • Lauri Hunt (21 SEPT)
  • Karen Ray (22 SEPT)
  • Patrick Schwarz (21 SEPT)
  • Dr. Barbara Schoen (21 SEPT)
  • Mary Durhiem (22 SEPT)Mary Durhiem
  • Gladys Cortez (22 SEPT)Gladys Cortez
35-6 Oct 2018

INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY
SERVICE COORDINATION
PERSON CENTERED PLANNING

  • Al Condeluci (5 OCT)
  • Michelle Howard-Herbein (6 OCT)
  • Jennifer Caruso (5-6 OCT)
49/10 Nov 2018

SUPPORTED, COMPETITIVE & CUSTOMIZED EMPLOYMENT
VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION
COMMUNITY & SINGLE ISSUE ORGANIZING

  • Don Hoyle (9 NOV)
  • Jen Randle (10 NOV)
  • Karen Flippo (9 NOV)
  • Veronica Ayala (9 NOV)
  • RGV Community Event (10 NOV)
511/12 Jan 2019

CREATING A VISION
GUARDIANSHIP and the 84thLegislature
MEDIA TRAINING

  • Erin Taylor (11 JAN)
  • Yolanda Valenzuela (12 JAN)
  • Elaina Tardio (11 JAN)
  • TBA
615/16 Feb 2019

ADVOCACY & LEADERSHIP at the TEXAS CAPITOL
Mock Hearing – Senate Chamber at Texas State Capitol

  • Joe Gagan (15/16 FEB)Joe Gagan
    71/2 Mar 2019

    FEDERAL DISABILITY ISSUES

    • Erin Prangley (1/2 MAR)
    • TBA
    812/13 Apr 2019

    ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY
    Graduation at Texas State Capitol