West Central Texas Regional Foundation – Leadership Development and Advocacy Training in Rural Areas

Leadership Development and Advocacy Training in Rural Areas – West Central Texas

Grantee Information

West Central Texas Regional Foundation
3702 Loop 322
Abilene, TX 79602

Project Director
Alesha Willis

Project Period
May 1, 2018 – April 30, 2023

Project Objective
The goal of this project is to increase advocacy effort and leadership opportunities for individuals with disabilities in rural areas. This project will take place in West Texas where no other project like this exists. The goals will be achieved through the development of a self-advocacy curriculum that will be used to promote and support leadership with individuals with disabilities in rural areas. Successful completion of this project ensures that individuals with disabilities will be more fully included in leadership activities and developments along with better-educating family members and community members about different methods to incorporate well-rounded programs that are inclusive to all individuals. It is also expected that the trained individuals will experience a better understanding of their rights and advocate for themselves on a deeper level than previously reported.

State Plan Goal
Goal 3: Promote Advocacy Including Self Advocacy – Increase the access that individuals with developmental disabilities and families of individuals with developmental disabilities have to information, training, and support to advocate for themselves and/or to collaborate with allies to impact public policy, service systems, and community supports.

Objective 3.1: Support at least nine leadership development and advocacy skills training programs for people with disabilities, family members of people with disabilities and allies by 9/30/21.

Geographic Reach
Brown, Coleman, Comanche, and Runnels

SAFE Alliance Youth Leadership Development project with Travis County reach

Area of Emphasis
Community Supports / Leadership Development and Advocacy Skills Training