FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2012
Contact: Melissa Loe, Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
Senator Florence Shapiro (R-Plano) announced that the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities awarded $75,000 to Jewish Family Service of Dallas for the first year of an interfaith project in Dallas, Collin, Denton and Rockwall counties. The three-year project will host annual, interfaith symposiums, build community awareness and increase inclusion for up to 200 individuals with disabilities and their families.
“This project will work with leaders from as many as 35 faith communities,” Shapiro said. “Participants will create opportunities that support individuals with disabilities and their families so they can reach their highest potential socially, emotionally, behaviorally, academically and spiritually.”
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.