Texas Transition Conference
Reimagine, Retool, Reboot Transition Services
The 2022 Texas Transition Conference will be held on
February 23-25, 2022 in Denton, Texas.
This year, we are offering the option to attend a live conference or online. We will be limiting the number of people who attend live to 360. This will allow for social distancing. TTC 2022 will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center. View the hotel information page for more details. Use the tentative schedule to help you plan your trip. Note that the schedule is still being finalized and may change.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2022
7:30 am Registration Table Opens
9:00 am Texas A&M University’s Capacity Building Project
11:00 am Pre-Conference Keynote (60 minutes)
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm Pre-Conference Session I (60 minutes)
2:15 pm Break
2:30 pm Pre-Conference Session II (60 minutes)
7:00 pm Registration Table Closes
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2022
6:30 am Breakfast Buffet
7:00 am Registration Table & Vendor Exhibits Open
8:30 am Welcome
9:00 am Keynote (90 minutes)
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Breakout Session I (60 minutes)
11:45 am Break
12:00 pm Luncheon & Keynote
1:30 pm Break
2:00 pm Breakout Session II (90 minutes)
3:30 pm Break
3:45 pm Breakout Session III (60 minutes)
5:00 pm Registration Table & Vendor Exhibits Close
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2022
6:30 am Breakfast Buffet
7:30 am Registration Table & Vendor Exhibits Open
8:30 am Keynote (90 minutes)
10:00 am Break
10:30 am Breakout Session IV (60 minutes)
11:30 am Break
11:45 pm Breakout Session V (60 minutes)
1:00 pm Registration Table & Vendor Exhibits Close
James Sinclair, PhD., University of Oregon
James Sinclair is a Research Associate in the Center on Human Development at the University of Oregon. He is the current chair of the Human Rights and Diversity Committee for the Division on Career Development and Transition. James has a background in developmental psychology and mental health counseling with a PhD in Secondary Special Education and Transition. He has work with numerous scholars and teachers to implement healthy relationship curriculum and has published numerous articles and is currently working on a teacher focused book chapter. Further, James’ overall research agenda primarily focuses on in school interventions to prepare for postschool life.
There’s a First Time for Everything: Promoting Healthy Relationships for Students With Disabilities
February 23 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
This presentation will discuss the implications of a newly passed Texas House Bill that supports the implementation of sexuality education in Texas schools. The focus of the presentation will center teachers and providers as agents to supporting student access to their education. Through teacher’s implementation of inclusive and culturally responsive healthy relationship and sexuality education, students can become more self-determined and make decisions about their relationships and their bodies. The Texas House Bill provides an exceptional opportunity to support students achieve the quality of life they desire.
Dr. Nekeshia Hammond, Licensed Psychologist and CEO, Hammond Psychology & Associates
Dr. Nekeshia Hammond is the host of BWE Mental Health Moment with Dr. Hammond garnering an audience of almost 1 million listeners on Facebook Live, an Amazon international best-selling author, speaker, and psychologist. She is the Founder and CEO of Hammond Psychology & Associates and former President of the Florida Psychological Association and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Ryan Nece Foundation.
Transition Planning and Mental Health: A Guide For Families
February 24 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
In this presentation, participants will learn 1) How to prepare students emotionally and mentally for transitioning into a new life stage, 2) Mental health prevention and intervention resources for families, and 3) Advocacy strategies for community involvement.
Justin Romack, Program Coordinator, Texas A&M University
Justin Romack is a Program Coordinator with the Department of Disability Resources at Texas A&M University, where he develops and facilitates support, training, and guidance for students, faculty, and staff on the role of technology and digital accessibility in fostering equity for disabled students.
Taking Flight: Building a Runway to Support Students to Soar
February 24 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
We are stepping stones in the lives of students who, with their talents, dreams, and determination, will go forth and do bold and brave things in the world. Though we know the possibilities and potential which exists on the other side, there is often a disconnect on where our students are and where we know they can be. This presentation centers on my lived and professional experiences in higher education, having navigated a flawed, yet fulfilling transition from high school and now working closely with students beginning a journey of their own, which can serve as hope and help as you equip and empower the students in your world.
Kelli Crane, Research Professor, The Center for Transition and Career Innovation at University of Maryland
Kelli Crane, Ph.D. is a Research Professor at the Center for Transition and Career Innovation at the University of Maryland. She brings extensive experience developing, implementing, and evaluating interventions that support positive post-school outcomes for students and young adults with disabilities, with a focus on youth most at-risks. Currently, she works on the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition: the Collaborative, and consults with several states to align employment preparation services and supports for youth and families. Dr. Crane has direct experience working as a secondary education transition specialist in an urban school district, a vocational rehabilitation counselor, and a job coach.
Rethinking Collaborative Strategies: Leveraging IDEA, WIOA, and Career & Technical Education (CTE) Partners for Effective Outcomes for Students with Disabilities
February 25 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Strategic interagency collaboration is an effective evidence-based practice, but how do you keep partners engaged? Recent legislative policies require us to rethink practices and partnerships that are necessary to focus on pre-employment, supported employment practices, employment-first directives, and postsecondary priorities. This session will focus on how to effectively collaborate and align services between vocational rehabilitation, special education, WIOA, and career and technical education; and how state and local partners can rethink practices, partnerships, and policies for transitioning youth within federal legislation that impact state policies and directives.