Disability-Related Speakers Stipends

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.

Stipend Intent

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.

Project Requirements

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:

  • the proposed presentation topic(s) focus on best practices for providing services and supports to individuals with DD or directly promote self-advocacy and self-determination;
  • the proposed presentation will be consistent with the mission, philosophy, goals, and positions of the Council; and
  • the mission of the sponsoring organization is consistent with the mission, vision, goals, and objectives of the Council.


It is not the intent of the Council that these funds be used for weekend retreats, summer family camps, or similar recreation activities.

  • Applications for disability-related conference speaker presentations will be considered only for in-state conferences, workshops, and seminars and will not be considered for organization board meetings.
  • The organization applying for funds must be a sponsoring organization of the meeting, conference, workshop, or seminar.
  • TCDD funds for conference speaker presentations may be used for speaker fees, transportation, meals, and lodging for speakers, expenses for an attendant, respite care, or other accommodations.
  • Funds may be used for multiple speakers but are limited to not more than $7,500 per event.
  • An organization may not receive more than one award annually during the period Oct. 1 to Sept. 30 with the exception that TCDD may consider more than one conference speaker presentation application annually when the event is a national conference hosted by the state affiliate in Texas.
  • Payments are made based on reimbursement after the event is conducted.  Documentation and receipts will be required for all expenditures.


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.

  • Requests for Reimbursement (RARs) must be submitted within 30 days after the event is completed.
  • A minimum of 10% in matching funds is required as a share of the direct costs.
  • Funds are limited to one $7,500 conference presentation grant per organization per year for one in-state meeting, conference, or workshop. Multiple speakers may be supported until this maximum is reached.
  • Funds will be provided on a cost-reimbursement basis.

Application and Submission Process

Before completing the application, please review the TCDD Assurances, which you must sign and comply with as a requirement of the stipend grant.

  • Applications must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the first day of the event, conference, workshop, or seminar. Applications received later will not be reviewed.
  • Any requested revisions to an application made by TCDD must be returned within five (5) days of the request to avoid dismissal of the application.
  • Applications must be submitted electronically to apply@tcdd.texas.gov.
  • If you have any questions about this stipend application, please email your questions to apply@tcdd.texas.gov.


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.

How to Apply

  1. Please complete the Disability-Related Speaker Stipend Application (PDF).
  2. Please review and complete the Assurances Agreement (PDF).