Disability Project to Promote Inclusion in Elgin Area

July 18, 2013

Contact: Jessica Ramos
Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
(512) 437-5417

The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities awarded $7,367 to Abundant Rain Christian Fellowship (DBA: ARCF Community Services) in Elgin for a one-year project to assist individuals with developmental disabilities to live independently while supporting their inclusion in the rural community. The cultural outreach project will also provide a voice for African-American participants regarding their specific needs and values.

“I’m pleased that this project will help connect people with developmental disabilities in the rural community and help them find resources by sponsoring a family resource fair and community meetings,” TCDD Chair Mary Durheim, said. “The group will also work to obtain a non-profit status so it can offer more events, services and resources to individuals with disabilities in the future.”

TCDD is governed by a 27-member board, dedicated to improving the lives of more than 485,000 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 and participate 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.

More information on TCDD and its projects is at www.tcdd.texas.gov or call (800) 262-0334.