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Children's Disability Information Coalition of El Paso, TX

A non-profit organization that opens the world to children with disabilities

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January 26, 20188:30-12 TRANSITION CONFERENCE FOR PARENTS - Region 19 Head Start
Maria del Carmen Ramirez
“Transition to Adulthood: Life After High School”
Ms. Carmen Ramirez has championed the rights of people with disabilities since 1982 as a result of her son’s
Daniel birth who was born with Down Syndrome. She has served on numerous boards and committees that
represent parents and their children with disabilities. To include the ARC, The Association for People with
Severe Disabilities (TASH), and currently CDIC. In 1989 she was appointed by Governor Ann Richards to serve
on the Texas Education Statewide Special Education Committee and by Donna Shalala, Secretary of Education,
to Serve on the National Commission on Childhood Disability in 1992. Ms. Ramirez has been a Vocational
Rehabilitation Counselor with the Vocational Rehabilitation Dept. of the Texas Workforce Agency for 11 years,
but she considers her most important role in life as that of Daniel R. Ramirez’s mother. Presently as a
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Ms. Ramirez is immersed in the facilitation of Transition Services for high school students.

Jeffrey S. Miller
“Alternative to Guardianship”
Jeffrey S. Mille is a Policy Specialist with Disability Rights Texas. Guardianship is a legal tool, which allows a
person to make decisions for another person. It removes the civil rights and privileges of a person by
assigning control of a person’s life to someone else. The vast majority of Texans with disabilities and the
elderly can make sound decisions for themselves with appropriate supports. This presentation will focus on
Alternatives to Guardianship as a way to try and safeguard the process of individual having the right to make their own decisions.
1101 E. Schuster Avenue, El Paso, TX  79902 ♦ (915) 217-2747