October 2020 Council Meeting Wrap-Up

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The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) held its quarterly Council and Committee meetings from Oct. 27-30. During the meetings, the Council funded new innovative projects, approved draft goals and objectives for the 2022-2026 State Plan, and developed public policy priorities.

Council Business

Every five years, TCDD develops a state plan that guides the Council’s work. Using public input gathered this year through the TCDD Listens outreach campaign, the Council developed the state plan’s draft goals and objectives. 

TCDD was seeking public comment on the state plan. Anyone interested in disability issues in Texas could participate and share their input.

The deadline to provide comments was Jan. 8, 2021.

Council members developed new Position Statements and the 2021 Public Policy Priorities. Before each Texas legislative session, the Council develops policy priorities that advance TCDD’s advocacy efforts. The Council prioritizes issues based on an analysis of Texas data and the lived experience of its members to identify barriers to the rights and inclusion of people with developmental disabilities (DD) in all facets of community life.

Grant Awards

TCDD invests in projects to strengthen the services and supports system and build community capacity to help people with DD. This quarter, the Council awarded grant funding to five new projects.

Older Adults with DD and Their Caregivers: The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston was awarded funding for a project that will focus on new and innovative initiatives to support people with DD who are aging and their caregivers. The project will develop a statewide network of virtual health centers and Medicaid health homes that will be supported by telehealth.

Money Basics: Project Amistad was awarded funding for a project to increase the number of people with DD who have the knowledge and tools needed to successfully manage their money. The project will work with local banks and credit unions to develop and provide financial literacy training for people with DD in the El Paso area.

Planning Ahead for Family Support and Financial Security: Family to Family Network was awarded funding for a project to increase the number of people, parents, and families who have family support and financial plans so people with DD are supported throughout their lives. The project will combine person-centered planning strategies with financial tools to provide training on how to plan for future financial and support needs of people with DD in the Houston area.

Community Inclusion: The Council awarded funding to two projects to support people with DD in achieving their potential for independence and inclusion in their communities. The Adapt-Able Foundation in Fort Worth will provide scuba-diving training and diving trips for people with DD. Imagine Art in Austin will develop training and activities to support people with DD pursuing careers as artists-in-residence.

This quarter, the Council also awarded funding to one project already in progress. Texas Parent to Parent was awarded funding to continue supporting a Developmental Disabilities Policy Fellow. The fellow is conducting public policy activities in support of families with children with DD and special health care needs.

For more information about TCDD projects, see Grant Projects.

Next Meetings

TCDD’s next quarterly Council and Committee meetings are scheduled from Feb. 9-12, 2021. Subscribe to TCDD eNews to receive updates about future meetings.