Learn about why TCDD exists and what we do.
Our mission is to create change so that all people with
disabilities are fully included in their communities and
exercise control over their own lives.
The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) achieve their potential for independence, productivity, and integration into their communities through the development of a comprehensive system of services and supports.
TCDD’s mission is to create change so that all people with disabilities are fully included in their communities and exercise control over their own lives.
All Council activities should be in alignment with the mission statement and demonstrate:
TCDD is one of 56 state councils on developmental disabilities in the U.S. and its territories created through the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act). State councils on developmental disabilities work to ensure that people with IDD have opportunities to live in the community of their choice, be independent, have jobs, and access services and supports needed for full participation in community life.
The Texas Legislature, through the State of Texas Human Resources Code, states that people with IDD have a right to appropriate treatment, services, and habilitation for their disabilities. The code also states that the treatment, services, and habilitation for people with IDD must be designed to maximize a person’s developmental potential and must be provided in the setting that is least restrictive to personal liberty.
TCDD is governed by a 27-member board that consists of:
The Texas governor appoints Council members in accordance with the DD Act. Governor-appointed members serve six-year staggered terms and may serve no more than two consecutive six-year terms. The governor also designates a member of the Council to serve as chair.
By federal law, at least 60% of Council members must be people with IDD, their parents or guardians, or other immediate relatives. Also, at least one Council member must be someone who has lived in an institutional facility or a family member of a person who has lived in an institutional facility.
Council members serve without salary. As allowed by the Texas Legislature, members can be reimbursed for expenses from approved activities.
The Council engages in advocacy and planning activities; supports model projects that serve as prototypes for future programs around Texas; fosters public awareness and community acceptance through education; and seeks community involvement in TCDD activities.
As a governing board, the Council has the authority to select the TCDD executive director and approve grant projects and activities in Texas supported by federal funds. Council members also approve TCDD’s annual budget, five-year strategic state plan, and public policy priorities.
In addition to serving on the full Council, members serve on either of the following committees:
Additionally, members can serve on the following committees:
Council members may also serve on special Council committees or taskforces to provide information to the Texas Legislature and public agencies or during public forums. Council members may also represent the Council at other meetings or conferences relevant to people with IDD.
For more information, review the full TCDD Council Policies (PDF, 20 pages, 179KB).
Each year, TCDD awards nearly 70% of federal funds it receives to statewide and regional projects that address a variety of issues for people with IDD, including:
TCDD is supported through a grant from the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health & Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grant number available by request. Grantees receiving government sponsorship are encouraged to express their findings and conclusions. Opinions do not necessarily represent official ACL policy.
The DD Act allows each state to designate a state agency to provide administrative support to the state developmental disabilities council. In Texas, state law delegates that administrative support designation to the governor. In 2004, the Texas Education Agency was selected as the designated state agency to provide administrative support to TCDD, including:
To learn more, see Governor Designates TEA to Provide Administrative Support.