IW 2016 Conference Gradient

February 7 - 9, 2016
Royal Sonesta Hotel | Houston, Texas


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Never been to Inclusion Works! before? Check out last year's conference!

Inclusion Works Conference Purpose:
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!

Inclusion Works values and indicators of implementation of inclusive practices on a campus or in a district:

• Disability is considered by adults and students as only one of many attributes possessed by each child;

• All students with disability labels are members of the general education community;

• Students receive special education services and supports in general education settings;

• Students with disability labels are involved and making progress in enrolled grade level curriculum based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) or Pre-K Curriculum; and

• Special educators and general educators work together in general education settings to meet
students’ needs. 


At Inclusion Works, participants can expect to learn how to:

1. Provide access to the general curriculum for students with disabilities using the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and the Pre-K Curriculum.

2. Support students with disability labels in inclusive settings-including use of Assistive Technology and school-wide positive behavior interventions & supports.

3. Improve skills in planning, collaboration and co-teaching.

4. Use PLAAFP to write grade level standards based IEPs and how to implement them.


Preliminary Conference Program

Please click here to view the preliminary program!

Accomodations & Travel

Attendees at the 2016 Inclusion Works! Conference will stay at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston Galleria where all conference events will take place.

Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston Galleria
2222 West Loop South
Houston, TX 77027
Special room rates of $132 for single/double standard guest rooms have been secured for 2016 Inclusion Works! Conference attendees, and include complimentary guest room Internet access. Please call 1‐800‐766‐3782 for reservations.

To Make Your Reservation:
Individuals can make reservations directly with the Hotel's reservation department. Please call 1‐800‐766‐3782 and identify yourself as a participant of the The Arc of Texas 2016 Inclusion Works! Conference in order to receive your group special rate.

To ensure the special rooms rates and room availability all reservations must be made no later than Friday, January 15, 2016. It is recommended that if you would like to stay earlier or later than the conference dates, to make your hotel reservation as far in advance as possible.

All guests at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston Galleria may enjoy amenities, such as a 24-hour health club, an outdoor swimming pool, and 24-hour in-room dining. Please click here for a full list of amenities.


The Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston Galleria is easily accessible 16 miles from the William P. Hobby Airport and 28 miles from George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Check here for detailed travel information.

Ground Transportation
Follow the signs at the airport for ground transportation and taxi service.

Valet and garage parking is available to guests. Discounted parking rates have been secured for garage self‐parking.

Valet     Self-Parking  
Day Parking 0‐3 Hours:
(tax included) 
  Day Parking 0‐3 Hours:
(tax and 50% discounted price included) 
Day Parking 3+ Hours:
(tax included)
  Day Parking 3+ Hours:
(tax and 50% discounted price included) 
Overnight Parking:
(tax included)
  Overnight Parking:
(tax and 50% discounted price included) 

Local Attractions
Houston is the 4th largest city in the United States. Many local attractions can be found near the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston Galleria neighborhood.

Galleria Neighborhood
Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau


Type of Registration   Price   Price Available From / To (No Exceptions)
Professional - Early Bird Registration:   $230   October 1 - November 15, 2015
Professional - Regular Registration:   $255   November 15 - December 31, 2015
Professional - Late Registration:   $280   January 1, 2016 - Day of Conference
*Stipends available for parents 
  $105   October 1, 2015 - Day of Conference

The Inclusion Works! Conference often sells out before the deadline – REGISTER EARLY!

Click here to register!

Payment Policies
Payments are accepted on a first come, first served basis. The easiest way to register and pay is by credit card. Purchase Orders (POs) are accepted, but do not constitute payment for registration. ONLY full payment by check or credit card completes the registration process.

Please send POs with complete list of those individuals covered on the PO to the address indicated on your registration confirmation. Your registration is not complete until payment is received. All payments must be received by January 31, 2016.

Confirmation Notices
Confirmation notices will be sent by email as soon as you register. If you do not receive a confirmation of registration, stipend or cancellation, call 1-800-252‐9729 ext. 7738.

Registration Cancellations and / or Transfers
Cancellations are NOT ALLOWED after payment has been made. Registration may be transferred to another person if arrangements are made through the online registration before January 31, 2016.

What Your Registration Fee Includes
Conference registration for professionals, principals, students and parents includes the workshops both days: Breakfast, Lunch and Reception on Monday; and Breakfast and Lunch on Tuesday.

*Parent Stipend Information
A limited number of parent stipends are available for registration and hotel ‐ see online registration form for stipend request application. Stipends may cover conference registration only OR conference registration and hotel lodging for one or two nights. Hotel lodging stipends will cover half the room rate for one or two nights. You must make your own hotel reservations. Please limit one stipend per family and hotel stipends are limited to those who live outside of the Houston area.

Registration, meals, and all conference activities will take place at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston Galleria.

For questions, please call The Arc of Texas at 1‐800‐252‐9729.



Find information about previous conferences here!