FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 18, 2012
Contact: Melissa Loe, Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
Senator Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) announced that the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities awarded $75,000 for the first year of a project by The Arc of Greater Tarrant County. This project will increase the inclusion of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities within faith communities of their choice in Tarrant County.
“I am grateful for the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities’ support of local efforts to help Texans with disabilities live more independently,” Nelson said. ” It is a wonderful idea to reach out to our faith-based organizations to get involved. This grant will greatly benefit the ongoing effort of the Arc of Tarrant County to make a positive impact in the lives of Texans with disabilities.”
The Arc will hold two symposiums and bring together local faith-based communities to explore ways to fully welcome and include people who have a diagnosis of an intellectual and developmental disability. Each group that participates in a symposium will return to its community with a plan to increase inclusion, supports needed, and the charge to assist other groups in duplicating their efforts.” The first symposium is planned for spring 2013.
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.