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Here's our agenda for the day: a series of engaging workshops, a dynamic panel discussion, an impactful keynote Message, and we'll conclude with a celebratory ending!

Norris Conference Center|City Centre

816 Town and Country Blvd, Ste 210

Houston, TX 77024 


9:30 am: Registration opens 


10:00 am: Welcome & Ice Breakers


10:30 am-11:15am: Workshops 

  1. “Smile Bright”: Specialized Dental Care & Techniques for Special Needs Children with Dr. Jessica Simon, DMD

  2. A systematic approach to leveling the playing field in special education. (IEP) with Domonique Mack, M.Ed

  3. Strategies for parent support in special needs Language Development with Quintina Briscoe, SLP.


11:30 am-1:00pm: Panel Discussion 

Hosted by Jormari Santana with 

Special guests: 

Ross Pirelli (Rossy’s Dad)

Susan Ray ( Nia Simone’s Mom)

Shayla Williams (Stece’s Mom)

Nazia Khan ( Isa’s Mom)

Parthenia Gilmer (Ty’s Mom) 


1:00pm-2:30pm Lunchtime 


2:30pm-3:15pm: Workshops

  1. “Embrace & Empower”: Acceptance is the first step toward effective advocating with Michele Portlock

  2. Navigating High School and Beyond: What's Next?with Arden Stone 

  3. “No rest for the weary”: Empowering single parents of special needs children with Dr. Laquista Erinna, DBH, LCSW


3:30-4:15pm: Workshops

  1. “Dad Power: “Empowering fathers in special needs parenting with Marcus Robinson

  2. “Unlocking Voices”: Navigating AAC devices for special needs children with Zulekha Williams

  3. “Joy along the Journey”: Staying mentally strong while navigating challenges with Tanyika Mayhew Butler


4:30pm-5:15pm Keynote Message 

5:15pm-6pm: Ending Celebration

Hotels in the area

Hotel Moran *
800 West Sam Houston Parkway, Houston, TX 7024
(888) 248-1256
Distance from NCC: Attached by skybridge

(Fyi its under construction)

SONESTA SIMPLY SUITES HOUSTON CITYCENTRE10503 Town and Country Way, Houston, TX 77024
(713) 464-2677
Distance from NCC: 0.5 Miles

Courtyard by Marriott Houston Westchase
9975 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77042
(713) 784-3003
Distance from NCC: 3.3 Miles

Residence Inn by Marriott Houston Westchase
9965 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77042
(713) 974-5454
Distance from NCC: 3.3 Miles

Omni *
13210 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77079
(281) 558-8338
Distance from NCC: 4.1 Miles


Airports in the area

  • George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)

IAH Airport is about a half hour from the event location

  • William P Hobby Airport

William Hobby Airport is about a half hour from the event location.

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