Community Conversations — West 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 West 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.

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

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West Texas Counties

Topic: 
Community and Family Long-term Supports and Services

Purpose: 
To collect community input on support topics related to caregiving family support, siblings, peer support, home and community-based services, and long-term care services and supports

Time and Date: 
10 a.m. Central time — Tuesday, June 23

Register: 
Click here

Topic: 
Protection, Advocacy, and Civil Rights

Purpose: 
To collect community information on alternatives to guardianship, legal issues, prevention and response to abuse, neglect, exploitation

Time and Date: 
10 a.m. Central time — Tuesday, June 30

Register: 
Click here

Topic: 
Early Intervention, Child Care, and Education

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

Time and Date: 
10 a.m. Central time — Tuesday, July 7

Register: 
Click here

Accommodations
Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) will be provided for all Community Conversations. If you require additional accommodations to participate in an event listed above, please contact Skyler Mueller at skyler.mueller@ag.tamu.edu at least four days prior to the event.

El Paso residents
TCDD, AgriLife Extension, and Paso del Norte Children’s Development Center will coordinate Community Conversations for people who live in El Paso. The details for those events are listed below.

Topic: 
Access to Health and Other Community Services

Purpose: 
To collect community input on support topics related to health, wellness, access to healthcare, home and community-based services, and long-term care services and supports

Time and Date: 
2 p.m. Mountain time — Wednesday, June 24

Register: 
Click here

Topic: 
Access to Health and Other Community Services (en Español)

Purpose: 
To collect community input on support topics related to health, wellness, access to healthcare, home and community-based services, and long-term care services and supports

Time and Date: 
10 a.m. Mountain time — Wednesday, July 1

Register: 
Click here

West Texas counties
West Texas includes the following counties: Andrews, Armstrong, Bailey, Borden, Brewster, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Childress, Clay, Cochran, Coke, Collingsworth, Cottle, Crane, Crockett, Crosby, Culberson, Dallam, Dawson, Deaf Smith, Dickens, Donley, Ector, El Paso, Fisher, Floyd, Gaines, Garza, Glasscock, Gray, Hale, Hall, Hansford, Hartley, Hemphill, Hockley, Howard, Hudspeth, Hutchinson, Irion, Jeff Davis, Kent, King, Lamb, Lipscomb, Loving, Lubbock, Lynn, Martin, Midland, Mitchell, Moore, Motley, Nolan, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Pecos, Potter, Presidio, Randall, Reagan, Reeves, Roberts, Scurry, Sherman, Sterling, Stonewall, Swisher, Terrell, Terry, Tom Green, Upton, Ward, Wheeler, Winkler, and Yoakum.

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.