Senator Watson Announces Fitness and Technology Projects


August 10, 2012

Contact: Melissa Loe, Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
(512) 437-5441

Senator Kirk Watson

State Senator Kirk Watson

Senator Kirk Watson (D-Austin) announced today that the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities awarded a grant of $219,472 to the Texas State Independent Living Council for the first year of a health and fitness project, and of $224,967 to Strategic Education Solutions, LLC for the first year of a technology project related to employment.

“These projects seek to improve the quality of life for people living with disabilities by promoting physical fitness and economic independence,” Senator Watson said. “Both efforts encourage greater independence and meaningful community participation for the people who need it most.”

The Texas Statewide Independent Living Center will develop health and fitness programs for people with developmental disabilities in the Brazos Valley and West Texas/Lubbock areas. SILC will partner with the Texas Association of Centers for Independent Living in this five-year project. Two local Centers for Independent Living will develop model health and fitness programs.

Strategic Education Solutions will work with Social Motion Skills/Easter Seals Houston and Trinity Education Group to develop and test a virtual job coach application in Harris County. The project’s goal is to provide an inexpensive, accessible resource that supports adults with cognitive disabilities in career planning and employment.

The web-based application will deliver 30 visually-rich instructional units addressing skills and strategies for job searches, work applications, and employment. Instructional materials and online access will also benefit adults with and without disabilities.

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.