Be A Hero Convention 2019

Be A Hero Convention 2019 Promo Photo

April 13, 2019


8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

International Center for Trade

REGISTRATION FOR CONVENTION IS CLOSED! We have reached our maximum capacity for the event facility.  If you are a First Responder, you may still register using the button below.

If we have any cancellations, we will reopen registration on a first come, first served basis.

If you have registered for the convention, you will receive an email from the event coordinators the week of the event providing you with check in instructions and more event details.

Join Eagle Pass HEROES for the first ever “Be a Hero” Autism Convention.  The  convention will feature presentations from professionals on autism related topics.  The convention format is designed to give you several options to choose from so that you can select topics which are most relevant to your needs.


AUTISMO 101-Dr. Berenice de la Cruz, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA

¿Le gustaría aprender más acerca de los trastornos del espectro autista?Este taller ofrecerá a los cuidadores respuestas básicas acerca de los trastorno del espectro autista (TEA), incluyendo la definición de TEA y la descripción de sus características y criterios diagnósticos.  Un resumen sobre los tratamientos para el TEA, con un enfoque en los tratamientos basados en la evidencia cientÍfica, también será presentado.

ABA THERAPY BASICS-Lisa Guerrero, M.Ed, BCBA & Tyler Holt, M.Ed, BCBA, Autism Therapy Group

Come learn the basics of ABA!  ABA works well because the therapy is catered specifically to your child’s needs and each child is different. It focuses on introducing and building skills and positive behaviors, changing existing behaviors, and eliminating inappropriate behaviors. Research has shown that ABA is more effective with early intervention, but there are no age limits. It can be more difficult to change established patterns and behaviors in older children, but even adults can still benefit from ABA Therapy.


Dr. James Williams, Bloom Consulting

This session will focus on identifying, understanding, and avoiding the top ten mistakes made during post-secondary transition planning and evaluation based upon research and practitioner experience. An emphasis will be placed on using vocational evaluation and student involvement to foster self-determined choices and empower families, schools, and students to make the best possible decisions regarding post-secondary employment, education, and independent living.


Participants will leave with tips and resources they can use to teach relationships and social skills to individuals with disabilities, provided through the interesting real life experiences of the presenters.  Articulate specific social skills that are necessary for individuals with ASD to build and maintain relationships with others.  Understand the importance of providing basic information to individuals with ASD about romantic relationships including the reproductive, social, emotional, and healthy living aspects.

EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICES/VERBAL BEHAVIOR-Alonzo Andrews, MA, BCBA & Janet Enriquez, MS, Special Workshops

You will learn about verbal behavior and how the basics of learning are taught through some pretty simple behavior principals.   These great presenters have experience in working with all children on the autism spectrum.  Learn about evidence based practices and verbal behavior.

INCLUSIVE FRIENDS-Tisha Gonzalez, M.A. SLP, BCBA LBA, TCAC and Sandra E. Jacobs, M.A. BCBA LBA, TCAC, Bee Social Network

The presentation is designed to provide high school students with tools and strategies to make their environment more inclusive for students with autism.   This presentation is the first ever training geared towards high school students regarding autism awareness.

FIRST RESPONDERS TRAINING-Tisha Gonzalez, M.A. SLP, BCBA LBA, TCAC and Sandra E. Jacobs, M.A. BCBA LBA, TCAC, Bee Social Network

Training First Responders in the community is vital for the safety of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and similar developmental disabilities. Providing autism awareness and interaction strategies to First Responders is critical to improving the quality of life for individuals with ASD and other related disorders. Bee Social Network is committed to conducting training of essential interaction methods and tools for First Responders in order to promote a safe and inclusive environment for individuals with ASD through guidance and education. By increasing community awareness, opportunities increase for inclusive, positive and safe interactions for individuals with ASD and their families in the community.

Eagle Pass Heroes