FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 29, 2012
Contact: Melissa Loe, Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
Representative Jim Murphy (R-Houston) announced that the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities awarded $249,538 for the first year of a project by the Epilepsy Foundation of Texas. This five-year project will establish a fitness and healthy lifestyle program for individuals with developmental disabilities and epilepsy and their caregivers in rural communities in Texas.
“We are delighted to have Get FIT Texas choose the Houston area for the inaugural project in our state,” Murphy said. “It is important for individuals with disabilities to have the opportunity to experience the things that all people do and I trust this project will allow individuals with epilepsy to participate more fully in their community.”
The project, Get FIT Texas, plans to work with individuals in rural areas served by the Epilepsy Foundation’s 14 specialized medical care clinics. It will start with rural counties surrounding Houston and San Antonio in the first year. Then it will expand into rural counties around Amarillo, Austin, Beaumont, Corpus Christi, Fort Worth, Galveston, Grapevine, Harlingen, Laredo, Lubbock, Lufkin and McAllen.
The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities is a 27-member board dedicated to improving the lives of more than 450,000 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, grow up, attend school and work 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.