Texans with developmental disabilities and their families continue to experience barriers to full inclusion in their communities that are due to insufficient access to the transportation they need to participate. Among other problems, public transit frequently is too limited in availability, does not meet the needs of individuals, and/or is difficult to navigate.
The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities’ (TCDD) Five Year State Plan places a high priority on improving transportation for Texans with disabilities. TCDD has demonstrated that establishing and building the capacity of local transportation alliances that include people with developmental disabilities and their allies is an effective and sustainable method to create systems change in transportation systems in both urban and rural areas in Texas.
TCDD’s previous project coordinated and assisted with community recruitment, training, and organizing, and provided the initial funding and technical assistance to facilitate the self-sufficiency of each alliance. In addition, the project linked the alliances together and developed commitments from a wide range of partners who might positively influence transportation planning at the state level. Last, but not least, the project included a targeted public awareness component. The project was able to develop active alliances that enabled people with disabilities to influence transportation planning in San Antonio, Fort Worth, East Texas, Houston, and El Paso. Some of these alliances continue to be active and have been able to secure additional funding to support ongoing work.
State Plan Goal and Objective: Goal 4
In at least one Health and Human Service (HHS) region, increase the percent of people with developmental disabilities surveyed who report they have access to the transportation they need to participate in their community in the manner they wish, by 9/30/2016.
Partner with disability advocacy groups, public transportation advocacy groups, and/or leadership and advocacy training programs to increase the number of individuals with disabilities who serve on transportation planning entities and are active in transportation planning by 9/30/2015.
Build the capacity of at least four local organizations in that Region to provide transportation training to people with developmental disabilities by 9/30/2016.
Proposed Project Description
TCDD intends to fund 1 project to address transportation issues and include the following activities:
- Identify a single HHSC region that demonstrates a high need for transportation planning (to be defined by the potential grantee);
- Develop new transportation alliances that are actively working on transportation issues and demonstrating positive results in at least 60% of the counties in that region;
- Train, mentor, and/or provide other supports to ensure that all alliances include people with disabilities;
- Ensure that local alliances receive technical assistance and/or training as is needed;
- Pursue non-traditional partnerships and coordinate outreach activities to recruit individuals to be involved in project activities and local alliances;
- Coordinate with other transportation alliances/networks, advocates, and/or other TCDD grantees to inform advocacy work, share information, and maximize available resources when possible;
- Implement marketing and public awareness activities to increase understanding of transportation issues of people with developmental disabilities;
- Train local organizations to provide effective travel training to individuals with developmental disabilities; and
- Develop and coordinate an evaluation plan that will yield the necessary data for TCDD.
Expected Grant Outcome(s):
There will be an increase in the percent of people with developmental disabilities living in a single Health and Human Services Commission Region who report they have access to the transportation they need to participate in their community.
Proposed Measures of Success: The grantee must report the following data by September 15, 2016:
- Report once during the grant on the percent of people with developmental disabilities living or working in the selected region who report they have access to the transportation they need to participate in their community prior to implementation of project activities.
- Report once during the grant on the percent of people with developmental disabilities living or working in the selected region who report they have access to the transportation they need to participate in their community after 3 years of implementation of project activities.
- Report quarterly on the total dollars leveraged through project activities, in any region.
- Report quarterly on number of individuals with disabilities who attain membership on transportation planning entities and are active in transportation planning within the selected region.
- Report quarterly on number of local organizations that begin to provide travel training to individuals with developmental disabilities; and
- Report quarterly on number of individuals with disabilities receiving travel training from local organizations as a result of this grant.
Proposed Funding Amount
Up to $400,000 per year for up to five years, for 1 project.
Proposed Amount of Required Match
Matching funds of at least 25% of the total project costs are required except for activities conducted in designated poverty areas of the state.
Up to five years.