The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities awarded grants for three projects that started recently. TCDD awarded grants for:
- A two-year leadership and advocacy skills training program by SER – Jobs for Progress which expands on a recent project that trained about 300 individuals over three years. The new grant will add a train-the-trainer approach and develop new training materials to provide videos and other resources online, as well as workshops, so SER can reach more people. The project will continue to target minority groups while reaching out to youth, Spanish-speakers, and more community organizations.
- A five-year grant for a higher education program at Texas A&M University. This program will include rigorous academic courses and enrichment classes that prepare individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities for a career in human services. It will include a full-year of training plus supervised, field-based experience leading to a certificate and job placement. The project will also create a manual other colleges and universities can use to adopt or replicate the program.
- A five-year grant to the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services to demonstrate how individuals with severe developmental disabilities can succeed in college and obtain jobs. This project will work with individuals in Hidalgo County who are 18-25 years old to help them attend South Texas College and become employed. Project HIRE (Helping Individuals Reach Employment) will provide focused, one-on-one supports such as educational coaches, individual and family support, and both college and employment readiness. It will also work with local businesses to mentor and support the students, including opportunities for job shadowing and on-the-job-training.