The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities recently awarded funds for the first year of two new grant projects. They are:
- A three-year project by Helpful Interventions in Houston for the Gulf Coast African American Family Support Conference project. This project will strengthen family and individual awareness of behavioral and physical health care services through culturally sensitive education, supports and partnerships; reduce stigma; and eliminate health disparities. In the first year, Helpful Interventions will host meetings to research systemic and resource disparities in the Houston area African-American community. Their findings will be used to plan a conference in 2013 that is expected to be attended by at least 200 families. This conference will be modeled after the Central Texas African American Family Support Conference hosted annually by Austin Travis County Integral Care.
- A five-year project to Texas Tech University in Lubbock to help establish new Project SEARCH® sites across the state to help students with developmental disabilities transition to jobs in their community. Project SEARCH® is a business-led, school-to-work transition model with demonstrated success in developing internships for students with developmental disabilities that lead to integrated employment at the prevailing wage. The project will collaborate with the national Project SEARCH® office and the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, as well as other state and local agencies.