TEXAS COUNCIL for
DEVELOPMENTAL
DISABILITIES

Upcoming and Past Programs

Learn about disability events, both regional and statewide.

Disability Employment Awareness Series

Join TCDD and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for a series of Disability Employment Awareness panels to discuss the latest resources and best practices for inclusive hiring and workplace culture.

People with disabilities make up one of the largest diversified groups in the workplace. In 2018, approximately 34.9% of adults with disabilities in the U.S. were employed. For many adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in Texas, seeking employment can be difficult. As labor shortages increase due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this untapped labor pool can serve as a valuable recruitment resource for employers. There is a need to address the significant challenges and barriers and move toward IDD employment awareness and preparedness.

The free webinars are held on Zoom. Use the following menus to register for upcoming events and view recordings of past programs. 

Upcoming Programs

No upcoming programs are scheduled at this time.

Past Programs

The final session of this three-part workshop series covered professional attire, accommodation requests, workplace expectations, and strategies for professional development. 

This session covered interview do’s and don’ts, how to practice and prepare for an interview, disability status disclosure, requesting accommodations, interview attire, and post-interview steps for success.

The session was part of a three-part workshop series that covered practical job-seeking strategies such as resume writing, interview preparation and skills, and professionalism in the workplace. 

This session provided practical strategies for creating effective resumes and determining key skills and experiences to highlight. Dr. Lakshmi Mahadevan, associate professor and extension specialist for special populations at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, led the session.

The session was part of a three-part workshop series that covered practical job-seeking strategies such as resume writing, interview preparation and skills, and professionalism in the workplace. 

This session explored the importance of identifying the roles of family members and other support people involved in the career preparation and job searches of people with developmental disabilities. Presenter Ali Ramos, LMSW, of Equitable Living, discussed the positive impact of family supports on job seeking and employment outcomes. 

This two-part webinar explored the importance of identifying the roles of family members and other support persons involved in the career preparation and job searches of people with disabilities. The event was led by Candace Davis, a rehabilitation services professional and owner of Guidepost Workforce Support.

This webinar included discussions about vocational rehabilitation services, training opportunities, Social Security benefits, and employment navigation. The webinar was led by Vanessa Vera, business relations coordinator at the Texas Workforce Commission Vocational Rehabilitation Division.

This webinar covered soft-skills training, opportunities for workplace exposure, employee retention, and strategies for remote work. Attendees learned about concepts and topics such as self-advocacy, self-determination, requesting accommodations, ongoing adaptations, and developing advancement skills in the workforce. The webinar was led by Dr. Lakshmi Mahadevan, associate professor and extension specialist for special populations at AgriLife.

This panel included discussions on best practices for hiring people with IDD; understanding and meeting the needs of employees with IDD; understanding the benefits of an inclusive working environment; expectations, challenges, and keys to success for employees with IDD; and accommodations and legal issues

Panelists included Heather Choate from The Dual After School Program, Elizabeth Kendall from the H-E-B Disability Bridges Program, Chevella Layne from Goodwill Industries of East Texas, and Brad and Karen Thompson from The TURN Center and The HALI Project. The panel was moderated by TCDD Regional Coordinators Morgan Bradley and Rosa Guel.

This panel highlighted self-advocates (people with disabilities) from across the state. Panel discussions covered each self-advocate’s journey to employment; resources for job seekers; professional development and training opportunities; and challenges and barriers in the workplace.

Panelists included Kyle Cox, Jesse Garza, Hali Thompson, and TCDD Council Member Eric Shahid. The panel was moderated by TCDD Regional Coordinators Morgan Bradley and Rosa Guel.