FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 9, 2012
Office of State Senator Troy Fraser
State Capitol Building, Room 1E.15
Senator Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay) announced that the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities awarded $74,894 to the West Central Texas Regional Foundation. The grant proceeds will be used for a project to more fully include people with disabilities in faith-based communities in Callahan, Jones and Taylor Counties.
“More than 188 faith-based organizations are located in the tri-county area, which includes Abilene and the outlying rural areas,” stated Fraser. “I am pleased that the Council is able to provide this grant money so that these faith-based organizations and this community can continue to work together to support individuals with disabilities.”
The project will host two educational symposiums to discuss outreach efforts, misperceptions about disabilities, resources for behavioral supports, solutions to common barriers, and addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities in a congregation. The project also will develop an evaluation which faith-based organizations can use to determine if their programs and physical structures are accessible for persons with developmental disabilities.
“These funds will help improve services provided by faith-based organizations,” Fraser continued. “And by doing so, they will allow people with disabilities to be fully included in their communities.”
Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
TCDD is a 27-member board, dedicated to improving the lives of more than 450,000 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.
Senator Troy Fraser (R – Horseshoe Bay) represents 21 counties in the geographic center of Texas. He serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and sits on the Senate Committees on Economic Development, State Affairs, and International Relations and Trade.