FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 18, 2013
Contact: Melissa Loe
Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
Senator Robert L. Duncan (R-Lubbock) announced that the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities awarded $74,996 to the Texas Tech University Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research for one year of a project to increase access to community- and strength-based supports and services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in 21 counties.
“The Burkhart Center is partnering with High Point Village and the HALI Project to form the West Texas Community Network which will develop a strategic plan to improve services in West Texas,” Duncan said. “I am pleased that this project will make it easier for individuals with disabilities and their families to live and work in our communities.”
The network will develop a strategic plan describing the targeted issue(s) and planned approach to build community capacity that will be submitted to TCDD. At that point, the network can request additional funding from TCDD to implement the strategic plan. The project will include Potter, Carson, Oldham, Moore, Hutchinson, Hartley, Deaf Smith, Randall, Armstrong, Castro, Swisher, Briscoe, Floyd, Hale, Lamb, Hockley, Lubbock, Crosby, Garza, Lynn and Terry counties.
TCDD is governed by a 27-member board, dedicated to improving the lives of more than 475,000 Texans with developmental disabilities. The council uses a variety of activities – such as grant projects, technical assistance, public awareness and leadership training – to enable people with disabilities to live and participate in the community. Developmental disabilities are severe, chronic disabilities that occur before the age of 22, such as autism, cerebral palsy, intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness, traumatic brain injury and epilepsy.
More information on TCDD and its projects is at www.tcdd.texas.gov or call (800) 262-0334.