TCDD Announces Grant to Improve Outreach to Asians


March 11, 2011

Contact:  Melissa Loe
(512) 437-5441

The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities awarded a $9,866 grant to Friends and Families of Asians with Special Needs for one year to improve the lives of people in ethnic minority cultures. This project will provide training to Asian parents and increase awareness in the public and private sectors concerning the barriers facing Asian families with children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It also will help TCDD to better understand the different values, cultures and customs that exist in Texas and how cultural issues may impact how services should be provided.

Friends and Families of Asians with Special Needs currently educates parents about community resources and how to advocate for their children. It also helps educate professionals to be culturally sensitive.

“This project will provide culturally appropriate advocacy training that uses bilingual materials and applicable cultural context, as well as putting on a mini-conference and resource fair,” TCDD Chair Brenda Coleman-Beattie said. “This will enable families to advocate more effectively for and obtain services they need to further their independence and quality of life.” The project also will help other organizations learn how to provide culturally sensitive services.

The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities is a 27-member board dedicated to improving the lives of the 452,620 Texans with developmental disabilities. The Council uses a variety of activities – such as grant projects, technical assistance, public awareness and leadership training – to enable people with disabilities to live, grow up, attend school and work in the community. Developmental disabilities are severe, chronic disabilities that occur before the age of 22, such as autism, cerebral palsy, intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness, traumatic brain injury and epilepsy.