To: Texas Public Health Officials and Leaders
From: Beth Stalvey, MPH, PhD, Executive Director
RE: COVID-19 Response for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) thanks you for your efforts to protect all Texans during this worldwide pandemic. TCDD would like to offer the following resources and considerations for individuals with developmental disabilities (DD).
TCDD is established by state and federal law and is governed by 27 Governor-appointed board members, 60% of whom are individuals with DD or family members of individuals with disabilities. The primary role of TCDD is to advocate for responsive policies and programs that ensure Texans with DD have the opportunity to live, work, and contribute to the community of their choice.
Our Council members have expressed the following concerns and hope to partner with you as you continue to educate, prevent, and respond to COVID-19 in Texas.
System Planning and Response
Individual Protection and Prevention
Congregate and Residential Settings
Work and School
We know that COVID-19 is testing our support systems in new ways for all Americans. For Texans with DD who regularly rely on our system for their daily needs, the greater risk may not be from the actual disease, but from how the disease could disrupt critical services and supports.
TCDD is here to assist in these efforts by providing educational resources; identifying system support needs for individuals with DD; and connecting with a diverse network of organizations and disability experts at the national, state, and local level.
Beth Stalvey, MPH, PhD
6201 E. Oltorf St., Suite 600 | Austin, TX 78741-7509 | www.tcdd.texas.gov | 512-437-5432