FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Melissa Loe, Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
Grant Awarded to SafePlace
The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) awarded a $105,475 grant to SafePlace for the first year of a project to help individuals with developmental disabilities develop meaningful relationships with other people based on shared interests. This three-year demonstration project will work with people with developmental disabilities, service providers, and various groups such as recreational, volunteer, service and faith-based groups in Austin and the surrounding area, as well as Seguin/Guadalupe County.
SafePlace will provide small, educational workshops and/or individual discussions with project participants on social/recreational interests, relationship barriers and solutions, healthy relationships with family and friends, and safety. The project will also address barriers that prevent individuals with disabilities from participating in activities where they can develop relationships, such as limited transportation or opportunities to be involved in clubs and social activities. Individualized action plans will be based on the participants’ personal interests to help them build long-term relationships.
The project will also provide technical assistance to disability service agencies to change their policies and/or increase supports needed to develop relationships. SafePlace is the domestic violence/sexual assault center of Austin/Travis County.
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.