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Finding Housing Opportunities for People with Disabilities

September 14–15, 2011 Austin, Texas

Hosted by Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and The Disability Opportunity Fund
In Partnership with Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation and OneStar Foundation

Individuals living with disabilities often find it challenging to identify affordable and accessible housing with reliable transportation options.

This day-and-a-half conference featured presentations and panel discussions on existing challenges, new initiatives and financing opportunities for housing solutions for people with disabilities.

Specific topics included:

  • Funding options for accessible housing
  • Transportation and income considerations when developing housing
  • Innovative technology that improves quality of life
  • Other key policy issues


About the Speakers


Wednesday, September 14
1 p.m.   Registration
2 p.m.   Welcome

Roy C. Lopez
Community Development Specialist
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas


Chris Traylor (via video)
Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services


Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation

    OneStar Foundation
2:15 p.m.  

Getting Acquainted: An Overview of the Five Most Pressing Factors for People with Disabilities in Accessing Housing


Moderator: Charles D. Hammerman
President and CEO
The Disability Opportunity Fund

3 p.m.   Disability Housing 101: An Introduction of Key Players, Policy Implications and Problems
3:30 p.m.   Texas' State-Supported Living Centers: Past, Present and Future

David Braddock
Executive Director, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities
Associate Vice President, University of Colorado System

5 p.m.   Reception
6 p.m.  

Joe Bontke
Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities



Thursday, September 15

8 a.m.  

Registration and Breakfast

9 a.m.   Welcome

Alfreda B. Norman
Vice President and Community Affairs Officer
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

    Disabilities 101

Charles D. Hammerman

9:15 a.m.  

Breakout Sessions (Round 1)
Sessions repeat at 10:45 a.m.

    ABC's of Financing Disability Housing

Moderator: Jean Langendorf
Vice President of Community and Housing Services
Easter Seals Central Texas

    Mandy De Mayo
De Mayo Associates

Affordable Housing Program Overview
Bruce Hatton

Vice President, Affordable Housing Program Manager
Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas

    Valerie Williams
Senior Vice President
Bank of America

Use of Technology in Housing

    Moderator: Marc Gold
Special Advisor for Policy and Promoting Independence
Office of the Commissioner, Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services

Naomi Hubert
Housing Programs Director
Easter Seals Central Texas

    Home Modifications and Assistive Technology in the Home
John Morris

Assistive Technology Coordinator, Texas Technology Access Program
Texas Center for Disability Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
    Transportation and Employment Issues

Moderator: Don Tracy
Council Member
City of Cedar Park


Sheila Holbrook-White
Executive Director
Texas Citizen Fund 

    Elijah May
Social Media Consultant
Apprentice Marketing

Derin Stewart
Founder and CEO
Dverse Group

10:30 a.m.   Break
10:45 a.m.   Breakout Sessions Repeat (Round 2)
Noon   Lunch

Luncheon Address
Elliott Naishtat
Representative, District 49
Texas House

1:30 p.m.  

Investing in Disability Housing: A Banker’s Perspective

    Moderator: Roy C. Lopez
Community Development Specialist
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Robert Barnes
President and CEO
International Bank of Commerce, Austin

    Donna Normandin
Senior Vice President, Community Development
Frost Bank
    Jerry Romero
Vice President and the Community Development Officer
Wells Fargo Bank
2:30 p.m.   Dais of Moderators

Facilitator: Charles D. Hammerman

    Marc Gold
    Jean Langendorf
    Don Tracy
3:30 p.m.   Closing remarks

Charles D. Hammerman