State Plan

See the goals and objectives of our statewide strategic plan.

2017-2021 State Plan

Every five years, the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) is required by federal law to develop a five-year strategic state plan, outlining goals, objectives, and specific activities that will be implemented in each year of the plan. With public input and guidance from the Administration on Disabilities, the state plan is developed in accordance with the requirements of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (DD Act).

Goal 1: Promising Practices

Create and support promising practices that enable people with developmental disabilities (DD) to be fully included in their communities and to have control over their own lives by Sept. 30, 2021.
  • Objective 1.1: Create best and promising practices in health, education, and social engagement that increase community inclusion and control for people with DD and their families.
  • Objective 1.2: Support best and promising practices in financial literacy, employment, caregiving and community education that increase community inclusion and control for people with DD and their families.

Goal 2: Create Systems Change

Improve and expand community-based systems to better support people with DD or families of children with DD to be fully included in their communities by Sept. 30, 2021.
  • Objective 2.1: Collaborate with community-based organizations and sustain policies and programs that demonstrate success in supporting people with DD and their families to be included in their community.
  • Objective 2.2: Collaborate with at least three community-based organizations to reduce linguistic and cultural barriers that prevent individuals who speak languages other than English from receiving services.
  • Objective 2.3: Advocate for legislative and policy changes to improve education, employment, community services and health care access.

Goal 3: Promote Advocacy Including Self Advocacy

Increase the access that individuals with DD and families of individuals with DD have to information, training, and support to advocate for themselves and to collaborate with allies to impact public policy, service systems, and community supports by Sept. 30, 2021.
  • Objective 3.1: Strengthen a statewide self-advocacy organization, provide leadership development, and cross disability, leadership coalition opportunities so that the self-advocacy movement is strong and has developed leaders.
  • Objective 3.2: Support leadership training, advocacy skill development, information resources access, and opportunities to participate so that people with DD and their families can advocate for themselves and impact service systems and supports.

Goal 4: Emerging Issues

Ensure there is ongoing support and technical assistance for the Council to identify and engage in issues according to the Council’s priorities and mission by Sept. 30, 2021.
  • Objective 4.1: Increase connections, expand reach of grants, and increase understanding of issues.
  • Objective 4.2: Evaluate and address opportunities to develop or incorporate promising practices that would improve TCDD’s ability to achieve the Council’s mission.

State Plan Requirements

The DD Act, which provides the framework for how goals and objectives are developed, requires that state plans:
  • be developed through data-driven strategic planning;
  • be derived from the unmet needs of people with DD and their families;
  • focus on advocacy, capacity building, and systems change;
  • reflect the diversity of the state; and
  • address the needs of populations that are considered unserved and underserved.
According to the DD Act, populations that are considered underserved include those with people from racial and ethnic minority backgrounds, disadvantaged people, people who speak limited English, individuals from underserved geographic areas (rural or urban), and specific groups of people within the population of people with DD. In addition, the state plan must include annual activities that:
  • establish or strengthen a program for the direct funding of a state self-advocacy organization led by individuals with DD;
  • support opportunities for people with DD who are considered leaders to provide leadership training to people with DD who may become leaders; and
  • support and expand the participation of people with DD in cross-disability and culturally diverse leadership coalitions.
Each year, TCDD submits a detailed report to the federal government that indicates the degree to which the goals and objectives of the state plan have been met. The report includes summaries of activities and empirical data on how many people benefited from those activities.