Texas State Independent Living Council — Leadership Development and Advocacy Training in Rural Areas

Leadership Development and Advocacy Training in Rural Areas

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Texas State Independent Living Council – Leadership Development and Advocacy Training in Rural Areas
1524 S IH 35 Frontage Rd #320
Austin, TX 77095
(512) 371-7353
Housing Education Agency and Advocacy for Rural Texans Webpage

Project Director
Brian White

Project Period
July 1, 2018 —June 30, 2023

Project Objective
The goal of this project is to increase advocacy by people with disabilities to increase access to integrated, affordable, and accessible housing within the community of their choice. The goals will be achieved by creating systems change by increasing the number of people with developmental disabilities on housing boards, commissions, advisory committees, and other planning bodies; providing leadership and advocacy training that increase the skills of people with and without developmental disabilities; and developing housing coalitions created to increase the number of housing opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. The project will also address the history and philosophy of the disability rights movement; principles of self-determination; strategies to find and access necessary services and supports; activities to develop self-advocacy skills; and activities to promote interaction between participants and peer support.

State Plan Goal 3
Goal 3: Promote Advocacy Including Self Advocacy – Increase the access that individuals with developmental disabilities and families of individuals with developmental disabilities have to information, training, and support to advocate for themselves and/or to collaborate with allies to impact public policy, service systems, and community supports.

Objective 3.1: Support at least nine leadership development and advocacy skills training programs for people with disabilities, family members of people with disabilities and allies by 9/30/21.


Geographic Reach
Taylor, Shackelford, Callahan, Stephens, Eastland, Jones, Cameron, Starr, Willacy, Duval, Jim Hogg, Hidalgo, Webb, and Zapata

Light Blue colored shape of Texas with Taylor, Shackelford, Callahan, Stephens, Eastland, Jones, Cameron, Starr, Willacy, Duval, Jim Hogg, Hidalgo, Webb, and Zapata Counties

Area of Emphasis
Education / Promote Advocacy Including Self Advocacy