As we monitor the rapidly evolving developments of COVID-19, the priority of the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) is the health and safety of all Texans, especially people with developmental disabilities (DD) and their families, our grantees, and our partners in the disability community across the state.
While we adjust to the changing environment, our mission remains the same and our advocacy efforts will continue now more than ever. We are communicating regularly with our partners to ensure people with DD and their families maintain access to critical services and supports. On March 19, TCDD sent a letter to public health officials and other leaders at both the state and local levels urging them to include people with DD as they educate, prevent, and respond to COVID-19 in Texas.
We also developed a webpage with information and resources related to COVID-19 and how people with DD could be impacted. The webpage includes plain language resources developed by and for people with DD, as well as information related to students with disabilities.
Business will continue at TCDD with some short-term changes. Our staff is working remotely and events will be hosted online rather than in-person. Notable TCDD activities that will continue include:
- RFAs: Six Requests for Applications (RFAs) are currently open with application deadlines scheduled for next week. We know that many organizations may have been unable to meet these current deadlines due to COVID-19 responses, so we will repost these RFAs to allow applicants additional time to respond. Also, a number of new RFAs will be posted in the coming weeks for funding in late summer and fall. To learn more, go to our Funding Available webpage.
- Partners: Texas Partners in Policymaking will continue accepting applications for the 2021 class. The deadline to apply has been extended to April 17. Classes begin in late August. To learn more, visit the Texas Partners in Policymaking website.
- Advocacy Opportunities: TCDD will continue sharing advocacy opportunities for people with DD and their families. While most advocacy opportunities will allow you to share your feedback online or via phone instead of in-person, this will be a critical time for disability advocates to communicate with decision-makers about the importance of services and supports for people with DD and their families. To stay up-to-date about advocacy opportunities, subscribe to TCDD eNews or follow us on social media.
While we adapt to the changes related to the COVID-19 outbreak, we will continue our mission to educate decision-makers, provide information you can use, and share important advocacy opportunities.