The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities recently awarded funds for five grant projects. TCDD awarded funds for:
- Education Program Inspiring Communities: A five-year technology project will create an interactive mobile application to promote competitive employment opportunities in inventory, requisitions, shipping and receiving (and similar jobs) for adults with developmental disabilities. The project is a collaboration between the HEART program that educates, trains and employs adults with developmental disabilities and a technology firm, Blue Lance Group, which creates and designs customized applications and software.
- Strategic Education Solutions: This five-year technology project will work with Social Motion Skills/Easter Seals Houston and Trinity Education Group to develop a virtual job coach application in the Houston/Harris county area. The web-based application will deliver 30 visually-rich instructional lessons on job search, applying for a job, and workforce skills processes and strategies. The application is mainly for adults with cognitive disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, but it can benefit all job seekers.
- Epilepsy Foundation of Texas: A five-year fitness project will establish a fitness and healthy lifestyle program for individuals with developmental disabilities and epilepsy and their caregivers in rural communities. This project will work in areas served by the Epilepsy Foundation’s 14 specialized medical care clinics, starting with rural counties around Houston and San Antonio. It will expand into rural counties around Amarillo, Austin, Beaumont, Corpus Christi, Fort Worth, Galveston, Grapevine, Harlingen, Laredo, Lubbock, Lufkin and McAllen.
- Texas Statewide Independent Living Center: A five-year project will work to improve the health and fitness of people with developmental disabilities in the Brazos Valley and West Texas. This project will develop programs that increase access to fitness programs, improve health outcomes, and increase awareness of the importance of health and fitness programs for people with developmental disabilities. The Texas Statewide Independent Living Center will partner with the Texas Association of Centers for Independent Living to provide technical assistance to local Centers for Independent Living.
- The Arc of Dallas: A three-year leadership and advocacy skill training project will empower individuals, their families, and other members of the community to change public policy and increase supports and opportunities for people with disabilities living in the community. During the first year, this project will train at least 200 people in Collins, Dallas and Rockwall counties, with at least 60% of them being self-advocates.