2016 Conferences on Special Needs

By Heather

You can NEVER have too much information, tips, and resources while on your journey with special needs. Our 2015 list of conferences was so popular with you, our readers, that we felt it would be good to do it for 2016!

Without further ado...the best conferences around the country for the first half of 2016!

January 28-31st, 2016


The Florida Mall & Conference Center

1500 Sand Lake Rd

Orlando, FL 32809

The purpose of this annual statewide conference is to provide information on state-of-the-art practices in areas that promote best practices in education, early intervention and quality community-based lifestyles for individuals with autism, deaf-blindness, and related disabilities.

February 4th and 5th, 2016

DFW Autism Conference

HEB ISD Pat May Center

1849 Central Dr

Bedford, Texas

This conference brings together experts for two days of training that focus on ways to improve the quality of life for those with autism and special needs, their families, caregivers and professionals working with them. The presentations will cover areas of behavioral and developmental therapies/strategies and family issues. It is presented for Educators, Therapists, Health Care Professionals, Caretakers, Parents and anyone who wants to learn more about services and treatment for individuals living with Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, ADD, ADHD and other learning disabilities. Over the course of time, FEAT-NT's educational opportunities and conferences have educated more than 15,000 parents and professionals in the autism community.

February 7 - 9, 2016

Inclusion Works Conference

Royal Sonesta Hotel.

Houston, Texas

Inclusion Works! is an opportunity for educators, administrators and parents to improve their skills in educating and supporting students in Special Education. The Arc of Texas is committed to the goal of promoting, protecting and advocating for students' right to be included in regular education settings with the appropriate aids and services. Conference participants will be offered information and education about research-based practices, aligned with the purposes of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), so that their students can meet their educational, employment and independent living goals!

February 11-12, 2016

Speech and Hearing Association of Alabama

Hyatt Regency Birmingham - The Wynfrey Hotel

February 15-18, 2016

LDA Annual International Conference - Learning Disabilities Association Of America

Orlando World Center Marriott

8701 World Center Drive

Orlando, FL 32821

LDA's mission is to create opportunities for success for all individuals affected by learning disabilities and to reduce the incidence of learning disabilities in future generations. LDA believes everyone can succeed at school, at work, in relationships, and in the community given the right opportunities and supports as needed. Please bring your family, friends and co-we can advocate and work together to create new opportunities for children and adults with learning disabilities.

February 18-19, 2016

Texas Transition Conference

Westin Dallas Park Central

12720 Merit Dr.

Dallas, Texas 75251

The Texas Transition Conference is a two-day event focused on providing evidence-based practices that result in a smooth transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities.

February 19th - 20th 2016

Special Needs Camps Partner Conference

February 20, 2016


Education Service Center, Region 20 1314 Hines Ave.

San Antonio, TX 78208

TAPPestry is comprised of Parents, Teachers, Administrators, and other Professionals working with children with special needs.

February 25th, 2016

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference

Westgate Church

1735 Saratoga Ave.

San Jose, CA 951120

March 2nd - 4th, 2016

Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Jackson Hilton on County Line Road

Jackson, Mississippi

March 4th, 2016

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference

March 10-12, 2016

60th Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Annual Convention and Exhibition

Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas

Bringing together more than 4,500 speech-language pathologists, audiologists, consumers, and speakers from Texas and the surrounding states, the TSHA Annual Convention serves as an exchange of ideas, information, and technology related to speech-language pathology, audiology, special education, and related discipline

April 13-15, 2016

The Young Child Expo & Conference

Wyndham New Yorker Hotel in New York City

Our goal is simple – to provide useful information to professionals and parents in order to help all young children learn, grow and reach their full potential. We aim to bring everyone who works with young children together to learn and grow: teachers, psychologists, special education teachers, social workers, physical, occupational and speech therapists, pediatricians, nurses, educators, academics and students.

April 25-26, 2016

32nd Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity

1776 University Avenue UA 4-6

Honolulu, HI 96822

The Pacific Rim International Conference, considered one of the most 'diverse gatherings' in the world, encourages and respects voices from "diverse" perspective across numerous areas, including: voices from persons representing all disability areas; experiences of family members and supporters across all disability and diversity areas; responsiveness to diverse cultural and language differences; evidence of researchers and academics studying diversity and disability; stories of persons providing powerful lessons; examples of program providers, and; action plans to meet human and social needs in a globalized world.

May 4-5th, 2016

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference

Comfort Inn Hotel and Conference Center

4500 Crain Highway

Bowie, MD 20716

June 14-15, 2016

DARS Texas Autism Research and Resource Center's 2016 Texas Autism Research Conference: Research to Practice

Crowne Plaza Hotel

6121 N. IH-35. Austin, TX 78752

On June 14-15, the DARS Texas Autism Research and Resource Center (TARRC) will host the 2016 Texas Autism Research Conference attended by researchers, academics, university students, state agency staff, ASD service providers, persons with ASD, and their parents.

June 14-15, 2016

Texas Assistive Technology Network Statewide Conference

7145 West Tidwell, Houston, 77092

Assistive technology enables students with disabilities to access the curriculum, increase independence and participate actively in education and life activities.

June 17-18, 2016

12th Annual TxP2P Parent Conference

Embassy Suites, Spa & Conference Center

1001 McCarty Lane

San Marcos, Texas

This 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 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.

Stay tuned for July-December 2016 conference list!