Supporting speakers and presentations on disability issues.
The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) has funds available to support presentations on disability-related issues at conferences in Texas. Funds for these grants are made available to the TCDD through a grant from the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201.
TCDD stipend support is available for conference speaker presentations on disability-related topics at established in-state professional or informational conferences, workshops, seminars, or legislative advocacy skills training events. Speakers knowledgeable about disability issues can provide event participants with information about best practices in providing services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities (DD) and can directly promote self-advocacy and self-determination. Such presentations are intended to enhance opportunities for individuals with DD to exercise choice and control in their lives and can promote independence, productivity, and community inclusion of people with DD. TCDD support for conference speaker presentations is limited to conferences, workshops, or seminars conducted in Texas.
TCDD stipends are available to community organizations, for-profit businesses, nonprofits, municipal entities, colleges, and universities. Individuals are not eligible to receive these grants.
Applications for support for conference speaker presentations must be received by TCDD at least 60 days in advance of the start date of the meeting, conference, event, or legislative seminar. The stipend request must demonstrate that:
It is not the intent of the Council that these funds be used for weekend retreats, summer family camps, or similar recreation activities.
A final activity report is required summarizing the presentation, speaker ratings, conference or event attendance, knowledge gained by participants, and satisfaction of individuals with DD and their families. The report must be submitted within 30 days after the conclusion of the event.
Organizations that receive funds will be responsible for complying with all rules and procedures of TCDD.
Before completing the application, please review the TCDD Assurances, which you must sign and comply with as a requirement of the stipend grant.
To apply for a TCDD grant, organizations must read and agree to the TCDD Assurances. Applications will not be considered complete unless the TCDD Assurances are signed and submitted.
TCDD reserves the right to waive limitations on this stipend application on an individual or case-by-case basis based on justifying circumstances.