The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities recently awarded funds for two grant projects that started on Sept. 1, 2012.
The Sower Foundation
A one-year outreach and development project to The Sower Foundation in Humble to understand better the different values, cultures and customs that exist in Texas and how cultural issues may impact how services should be provided. This project will host culturally appropriate resource fairs, small conferences, or awareness events for disability service providers to improve health outcomes for people with disabilities who are African American or Latino. The project will work with Local Authorities of Harris, Fort Bend and Bexar counties, as well as providers contracted through DADS.
Centro de Mi Salud
A one-year outreach and development project to Centro de Mi Salud to improve the lives of individuals from ethnic minority cultures. This project will work with families and service providers in Dallas and Collin counties to assist disability service providers in understanding the Latino-Hispanic cultural background and how the level of acculturation affects decisions and access to health care services. The project will provide presentations for school counselors and agencies; organize a radio talk show; provide an open house to help people access services in the community; and develop flyers in Spanish and Portuguese about resources in the community.