The slogan for the TAPPestry Conference is, "Teachers, Administrators, Parents and Professionals…we are entwined with one another in one great TAPPestry." TAPPestry began in 1991 as a shared vision of parent groups, schools, and community agencies. They believed that children are more alike than different. They also believed that parents and professionals share the same goals for children and youth with disabilities.
The conference focuses on issues affecting all children and youth with disabilities. It has grown into one of the most successful conferences in the area. Parents and professionals enjoy networking and learning from each other.
TAPPestry offers sessions on early childhood, dyslexia and sibling support. Sessions on autism, life after high school, ADHD and more will also be offered. Exhibitors will share information on tools, technology, and services.
The event takes place on February 20, 2016. It will be held at Region 20 Education Service Center at 1314 Hines Avenue in San Antonio. The conference starts at 8:30 AM and ends at 4:30 PM.
This year’s theme is “There’s Always a Silver Lining.” The 2016 conference features a keynote address by Dylan Rafaty and his mother, Vesna Rafaty. Dylan is an author, self-advocate and founder of DylanListed LLC. As a student with a hearing impairment, Dylan saw the needs of youth who receive special education services, including their transition to the world after high school. Dylan and his mother Vesta will share their stories.
The registration fee is $25 per couple or per person. Registration includes lunch and materials. Check with your local school district if you need help with the registration cost. Many schools pay for parents to attend. Check with your Special Education Department about help paying for the conference. You can download the conference schedule for working and learning from each other.
Happy 25th Birthday, TAPPestry!
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