Community Conversations — South Texas

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As part of the TCDD Listens campaign, the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension (AgriLife Extension) will co-host Community Conversations in South Texas to gather input from people interested in disability-related issues.

What are Community Conversations?
Community Conversations are an opportunity for Texans to voice their input in an effort to strategize solutions to meet the needs of populations with disabilities. The information collected from residents will inform education, resources, and future projects in TCDD’s State Plan.

Each Community Conversation will focus on a specific topic. During the hour-long events, participants will have an opportunity to share their experiences and ideas during a facilitated discussion. People interested in disability-related issues — self-advocates, family members, providers, and others — are encouraged to participate in any or all of the Community Conversations.

How do I participate?
Community Conversations will be conducted online and by phone using Zoom. To participate, you will need to register in advance. Once registered, you’ll receive an email with information about how to participate, including how to test Zoom prior to the event.

South Texas includes the counties shown on the map. The counties are also listed below.

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South Texas Counties

Topic: 
Employment

Purpose: 
To collect community input on employment opportunities, accessibility, and inclusivity

Time and Date: 
2 p.m. Central time — Thursday, June 25

Register: 
Click here

Topic: 
Employment (en Español)

Purpose: 
To collect community input on employment opportunities, accessibility, and inclusivity

Time and Date: 
2 p.m. Central time — Thursday, July 2

Register: 
Click here

Topic: 
Early Intervention, Child Care, and Education (en Español)

Purpose: 
To collect information and develop methods to improve regional education systems, child care inclusion, transitioning, and early intervention strategies

Time and Date: 
2 p.m. Central time — Thursday, July 9

Register: 
Click here

Topic: 
Housing and Transportation

Purpose: 
To collect community information to improve and expand housing and transportation access and availability

Time and Date: 
2 p.m. Central time — Friday, July 10

Register: 
Click here

Accommodations
Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) will be provided for all Community Conversations. If you require additional accommodations to participate, please contact Rosa Guel at rosa.guel@ag.tamu.edu at least four days prior to the event.

South Texas counties
South Texas includes the following counties: Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Brooks, Cameron, Dimmitt, Duval, Edwards, Frio, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, LaSalle, Live Oak, Maverick, McMullen, Medina, Real, Starr, Uvalde, Val Verde, Webb, Willacy, Zapata, and Zavala.

Can’t Participate in a Community Conversation? People who can’t participate in a Community Conversation but still want to contribute can submit their input online. To submit your input, complete the TCDD Listens Input Form.

To learn more about TCDD Listens, click here.