FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25, 2012
Contact: Melissa Loe, Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
Senator Shapiro (R-Plano) announced that the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities awarded $75,000 to The Arc of Dallas for the first year of a leadership and advocacy skills training project in North Texas. During the first year, this project will train at least 200 people in Collin, Dallas and Rockwall counties, with at least 60 percent of the participants being self-advocates with a disability.
“The three-year project will empower individuals, their families and other members of the community to create changes in public policy and to increase supports and opportunities for people with disabilities who live in the community,” Shapiro said. A 12-week Leadership Institute will focus on three topics: advocating with public policymakers; making effective written and oral presentations; and increasing disability awareness through volunteering.
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.
For more information on the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities and its projects, visit http://www.txddc.state.tx.us or call (800) 262-0334.