The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities recently awarded funds for three grant projects that started in February.
TCDD awarded funds for:
- A three-year project by the OneStar Foundation will develop an inclusive, interfaith network in Travis County. This project will also hold an annual symposium in Austin for representatives of 50 faith-based communities. It is expected to make a difference in the lives of more than 500 individuals with disabilities and their families. The OneStar Foundation will partner with Jewish Family Services and Texas A&M University’s Center on Disability and Development. Symposium participants will develop action plans to include individuals with disabilities in their organization and local community.
- A three-year project by the West Central Texas Regional Foundation will work to fully include people with disabilities in faith-based communities in Callahan, Jones and Taylor counties. The project will host two educational symposiums and develop an evaluation that faith-based organizations can use to determine if their programs and buildings are accessible for persons with developmental disabilities. Evaluation results will be used to create an online directory of faith-based organizations that lists accessible programs and structures.
- A three-year leadership and advocacy grant to the Texas State Independent Living Council will hold an annual statewide, cross-disability, multi-agency conference to promote the independent living philosophy. SILC plans to host the conference in Dallas in 2012, Austin in 2013, and Corpus Christi in 2014. The conference will provide technical assistance and training on independent living, provide opportunities to develop peer relationships through collaborative learning and personal networking, and include sessions on self-advocacy, legislative advocacy and leadership.