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Gateway Academy

Transition to Adulthood Symposium



Friday January 6, 2017  

8:30 AM to 3:15 PM CST

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Gateway Academy

3721 Dacoma Street  Houston, TX 77092

Gateway Academy is located near the junction at 610 and 290.    


Jackie Plesnicher 
Gateway Academy





Successful transition to young adulthood is a high priority for members of the Gateway community. This annual transition event is a full day symposium on Friday, January 6, 2017.  World-renowned theorists from the University of Kansas will discuss the latest research and applications in self-determination for individuals with learning disabilities.  Symposium attendees will learn from a variety of speakers on topics aimed to help adolescents create a strong foundation for independence in adulthood.  


Event Schedule

9:00am Self-Determination: A Bridge to a Brighter Future

Michael L. Wehmeyer, Ph.D & Karrie A. Shogren, Ph.D

10:45am  The ABCs of Legal Issues Related to Transitioning to Adulthood for Individuals with Learning Differences

Hon. Clarinda Comstock, Associate Judge, Harris County Probate Court Four

Michele K. Goldberg, Attorney & Counselor at Law 

12:00 Noon    Lunch - On Site 

12:30pm  Social Pathways for Resilience and Long-term Outcomes + Panel of Young Adults 

Julie Jones, Ph.D., LMFT-S, LPC-S

  • Johnathon Vermaelen, Univeristy of St. Thomas
  • Ben Katkin, University of St. Thomas
  • Anthony Grichuk, University of Houston-Clear Lake
  • Kyle Kahanek, Univeristy of St. Thomas

2:00pm  The Art of Finding, Landing and Keeping a Job Employers Who "Get It":  Connecting Students with Disabilities to the Workplace

 Jennifer Phillips, MS, CRC & Char Reed

Click here for a printable Transition Symposium flier!

Share this flier with your clients, students, parents, co-workers or others who can benefit from this learning opportunity!

Click here to read more about the speakers.  

Who should attend? 

Students with AD/HD, autism and learning differences are often considered "too high functioning" for state funded resources, yet they still require support in order to become productive adults.  Gateway Academy’s Transition Symposium will feature speakers with expertise in areas impacting transition to adulthood.  Those who attend the Symposium will learn actionable steps to support growth of pivotal skills and competencies inherent in this growing population.  This symposium is relevant to those for whom college, adult independent living and/or vocational careers are attainable with the proper structure and support. 

Parents, Educators, High School Students, Young Adults, Mental Health Professionals, Physicians, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Support Service Specialists in College will all benefit from this unique educational program.

Registration Required

Registration is required for this event.  For special dietary restrictions or need-based scholarships, please contact Jackie Plesnicher at       

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All individuals will be required to document their attendance by checking in and out of the event.  Please plan to arrive in advance and allow a few minutes at the end to sign out.

Gateway Academy will offer 4 credit hours of FREE LPC and social work CEUs. Certificates will be provided on the day of the event.  


We extend thanks to all of our sponsors! 

Brandon Wheeler, LMFT  Wheelhouse Counseling

Chapel Haven West

Clark Family

College Living Experience (CLE)

Council on Recovery Houston

Endeavor Behavioral Therapy

The HUB Houston

Independent Living Experience (ILE)

Including Kids Inc.

John H. Morris LMSW-ACP, LMFT

Julie Jones Therapy

Landmark College

Life Development Institute (LDI)

Logue Family 

Middlebridge School

The Monarch School and Institute

Options Transitions to Independence

Robbie Wright, M.D.

The Tarnow Center for Self Management 

Trader Joe's - South Shepherd

The Woodlands Behavioral Health and Wellness Center

Please see the event guidebook for a complete detailed listing of sponsor information.  

Click here for further infomation about our sponsors.

Transition in Action

Gateway Academy actively engages its students and communities in its Internship Vocational Education Program. Gateway Academy strives to prepare its students for success after graduation with continued education, employment integration in the community, and ultimately a career.



Please note:

Gateway is known for hospitality.  Expect excellent food and beverage service!

 This event is expected to sell out at room capacity.  Please register early!