“Every year [we come to the conference] we learn more, and it gets better. I never thought that we would be at the place where we are today. Even though we have a lot of bad days, we have a lot of good days. We know what to do now. We know that every day is going to be different, but it is going to be okay. At the beginning, I think we didn’t know whether it was going to be okay or not. Now we know that there is so much out there. We are able to talk to other parents, so we know that we are on the same page with them. We know that it isn’t just us going through these things…”
-Monica Castillo, Parent
"With a little help from our friends . . .
Connecting Families Caring for Children with Disabilities, Chronic Illness and other Special Health Care Needs
Friday & Saturday, July 26-27, 2013
Embassy Suites, Spa & Conference Center
1001 McCarty Lane
San Marcos, Texas
- More than 60 sessions for parents, family members, self advocates, and professionals
- Sessions in Spanish; Interpreters available for other sessions
- Skilled child care
- Program for siblings
- Teen Transition Summit
- Family Gathering
The Annual TxP2P Parent Conference educates Texas parents about how to deal with the unique issues and challenges they face on a daily basis in caring for their children. The two-day conference offers them tracks with multiple sessions, each covering a different topic. This year’s themed tracks include the following: advocacy (general and legislative), autism, parenting and sibling issues including a one-day SibShop, special education law (basic to advanced), medical issues (including Medical Home and Medicaid Waiver Programs), behavior, mental health, parent leadership, resources and services, self-advocacy, self-determination, transition issues for youth and young adults with disabilities, and creating a good life for people with disabilities.
Through seminars and face-to-face networking, parents, self-advocates, family members, care-givers and professionals learn from each other as they continue their unique journeys caring for a child with a disability or a special health care need. TxP2P’s goal is for everyone to leave the conference with renewed energy and passion along with tools and information they need to make positive changes for children with disabilities in Texas.
Conference registration is OPEN and here is our registration packet.
Our speakers are the foundation of our conference - without our speakers, both parents and professionals, donating their time and travel expenses, our conference would not happen. We are no longer accepting Speaker Proposals for the 2013 conference. If you have any questions about being a speaker, please sent an email to Laura@txp2p.org.
Pay it Forward Awards
Nominate someone who has made a difference in your life - either another parent or family member of a child with a disability, chronic illness or special health care need OR a professional, provider or just a neighbor who provided the support you needed at the right time. Write a short story of 500 words or less and win an award given at the conference and a free registration to the conference for you and your nominee. Read more!
Sponsors partner with TxP2P in order to improve our conference programming and outreach so that more parents will receive the knowledge and assistance they need to effectively advocate on behalf of their children. Earn recognition for your organization and help Texas families at the same time. Sponsorships are available at a variety of levels, and each comes with recognition options. Registration is available!.
TxP2P anticipates that more than 400 parents and professionals will attend the conference this year. The conference facility offers an enhanced space which will be set up for two full days adjacent to all of the sessions. A conference promotion and door prize drawing will further encourage traffic. Registration is now open!