The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) issued a Request for Applications (RFA) for Older Adults with IDD and Their Caregivers (RFA 2020-14). Through these grants, organizations will develop new and innovative initiatives to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who are aging and their caregivers. As this population continues to grow, our system must be better equipped to serve their unique needs during this life stage by providing information, resources, and support.
Today, people with IDD are living longer than previous generations of people with IDD. As people with IDD grow older, they face age-related challenges in various aspects of their lives, including health, retirement, finances, mobility, and community involvement. People with IDD are also outliving parents who are often the primary caregivers. As these caregivers continue to grow older, they often become less able to provide care for their loved ones because they have to address their own health problems, physical disabilities, and other age-related concerns. This inability to care for their child can cause additional stress and anxiety, which can impact the care they provide and limit planning for the future. With a growing number of Texans who are aging, our system must better understand the unique needs of older individuals with IDD and their caregivers to adequately provide support during this life stage.
About the RFA
The purpose of this RFA is to develop new and innovative initiatives to support people with IDD who are aging and their caregivers. Projects may address the needs of — and include opportunities for — family members, individuals, and professionals. An individual project may focus primarily on:
- meeting the needs of people with IDD who are aging,
- meeting the needs of aging caregivers of family members with IDD,
- reducing gaps in the long-term services and supports system for people with IDD who are aging and caregivers, or
- some or all of the above.
Examples of what projects might address include:
- Best practices: Identify, modify, and/or develop a best practice related to supporting individuals with IDD who are aging and their aging caregivers.
- Continuity of care: Identify the needs for the continuity of care, including residential needs, home and community-based options, and other resources to support aging in place.
- Futures planning: Develop futures planning programs for people with IDD who are aging and for caregivers.
- Healthcare needs: Develop a program to identify the physical and behavioral healthcare needs for the person with IDD who is aging and/or their caregiver.
- I&R: Develop strategies for information and referral (I&R) related to necessary services and supports.
- Research: Conduct research and collect data regarding the unique needs of individuals with IDD who are aging, their caregivers, and/or providers of long-term services and supports to understand system gaps and identify opportunities for improvement.
- Person-directed: Conduct activities to support person-directed planning as it relates to aging.
- Self-advocacy: Develop a self-advocacy skills training program and provide the necessary support so people with IDD who are aging and caregivers are informed and empowered to explain their needs to service providers.
- Services and supports: Develop strategies to find and access the services and supports necessary to support people with IDD to age in place.
- Support networks: Establish support networks for people with IDD who are aging and for caregivers.
This list is not exhaustive and organizations are encouraged to submit their own innovative ideas. Ideally, informational materials and resources developed through this RFA will be able to be replicated elsewhere in Texas and/or implemented statewide.
The funding amount for this RFA is $175,000 for up to five years. Funding is available for up to two projects.