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Formal and Informal Community Supports Grants Projects

Formal and Informal Support-Related Activities are advocacy, capacity building, and systemic change activities that result in individuals with developmental disabilities having access to and use of other services and supports that are available and offered to individuals in a community and that affect their quality of life.

Formal and Informal Community Supports Grants Projects:

Formal and Informal Community Supports

Texas Parent to Parent (TxP2P)

Project Director: Laura Warren
3710 Cedar Street, Box 12
Austin, TX 78705-1449
(512) 458-8600
(866) 896-6001

Project Period: February 1, 2011 - January 31, 2016

Public Policy Collaboration Activities Advocacy Network (aka TxP2P Adopt-a-Legislator Program): Statewide. Texas Parent to Parent will develop a statewide advocacy network and will recruit parents of children with developmental disabilities, young self-advocates and siblings to advocate for community-based issues in health and human services, accessible transportation and housing, meaningful employment and appropriate education for people with disabilities. These volunteers will "adopt" their local representative and have on-going interactions with the legislator or staff. Texas Parent to Parent will also provide training and support to the advocates.

The Arc of San Angelo

Project Director:  Lettitia McPherson
P. O. Box 1922
San Angelo, TX  76902
(325) 657-0308

Project Period: April 1, 2011 - March 31, 2014

Alternatives to Guardianship: Volunteer Supported Decision-Making. The Arc of San Angelo will establish a pilot program to develop a trained pool of volunteers willing to support individuals with intellectual, developmental and other cognitive disabilities in making decisions about their own lives as an alternative to guardianship. The project will start in Tom Green County the first year, expand into Concho and Irion counties the second year, and Menard and McCulloch counties in the final year. Volunteers will be trained on disability issues and decision making, matched with individuals with disabilities based on shared interests and will be supported in their efforts. Training will include problem-solving scenarios, what constitutes informed consent, the risks of establishing an unnecessary guardianship, and the differences in Substituted Judgment and Best Interest vs. Supported Decision-making. TCDD partnered with the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) to create this pilot program, under a bill passed by the Texas Legislature in 2009. DADS convened a workgroup to develop the general rules and overall structure of the program, and the agency will oversee evaluation of the pilot and make recommendations to the legislature about using supported decision-making advocates as an alternative to guardianship.

The Arc of Texas

Project Director: Rona Statman
8001 Centre Park Drive
Austin, TX 78754
(512) 454-6694

Project Period: September  1, 2008 - May 31, 2013

Texas Microboard Collaboration: Statewide. The Texas Microboard Collaboration will provide individuals with disabilities a system to achieve self-determination with support from people who know and care about them. Microboards are non-profit organizations made up of small groups of family members and friends who provide knowledge and support that some individuals with disabilities need to obtain services and supports for a self-determined life. Microboards may apply to be providers of Medicaid Waiver Programs such as the Home and Community Service Program (HCS). This project will provide technical assistance in forming microboards, filing charters with the Secretary of State, board training, state board requirements, and ongoing training and materials for 75 microboards. For microboards choosing to be a service provider, the collaboration will provide technical assistance concerning the application for being a provider, provider certification, staffing and ongoing changes, and training in updates concerning Medicaid Waiver rules.

Jewish Family Service of Dallas

Project Director: Teri Kachur
5402 Arapaho Road
Dallas, TX 75248
(972) 437-9950

Project Period: March  1, 2012 - February 28, 2015

Inclusive Faith-based Communities Symposium Project: Greater Dallas Area. To increase inclusion for people with disabilities in Dallas, Collin, Denton and Rockwall counties, Jewish Family Service of Dallas will host an Greater Dallas area annual inter-faith symposium. The symposium will result in a collaborative initiative to share successful community awareness building and inclusion strategies for up to 200 people with disabilities and their families. Leaders from up to 35 faith communities will be empowered to create opportunities within and between their communities to support people with disabilities and their families so they can reach their highest potential socially, emotionally, behaviorally, academically and spiritually.

OneStar Foundation

Project Director: Liz Darling
9011 Mountain Ridge Drive, Suite 100
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 287-2062

Project Period: February  1, 2012 - January 31, 2015

Inclusive Faith-based Communities Symposium Project: Austin Interfaith Inclusion Network. OneStar Foundation, Jewish Family Services and Texas A&M University Center on Disability and Development will partner to create the Austin Interfaith Inclusion Network to serve the Travis County area. The network will host an annual symposium in Austin for representatives of 50 faith-based communities. Symposium participants will create organizational and community-wide inclusion action plans designed to make a difference in the lives of more than 500 individuals with disabilities and their families.

West Central Texas Regional Foundation

Project Director: Michelle Parker
3702 Loop 322
Abilene, TX 79602
(325) 672-8544

Project Period: February  1, 2012 - January 31, 2015

Inclusive Faith-Based Communities Symposium Project: West Central Texas. The West Central Texas Regional Foundation will work to fully include people with disabilities in faith-based communities in Callahan, Jones and Taylor counties. Two educational symposiums will focus on best practices and ways to dispel misperceptions regarding disabilities. A self-evaluation tool will help faith-based organizations assess their programs and physical structures with regard to persons with developmental disabilities. An online directory of faith-based organizations listing accessible programs and structures will be published. Assistance will also be provided to faith-based organizations to help them with understanding the benefits of inclusive programming and outreach techniques.

The Arc of Greater Tarrant County (IDD Needs Council of Tarrant County)

Project Director: Beth Cain
1051 Haskell, Ste. 106
Ft. Worth, TX 76107
(817) 877-1474

Project Period: May  1, 2012 - April 30, 2015

Inclusive Faith-Based Communities Symposium Project: Tarrant County. The Arc of Greater Tarrant County will partner with local faith-based community organizations to facilitate the inclusion of people with a diagnosis of an intellectual and developmental disability (IDD). Information on inclusive practices will be provided at two faith-based symposiums. Each group participating in the symposiums will return to the community with an implementation plan, supports, follow-up and the charge to assist other groups in replicating their efforts. Successes and the impact of inclusion in faith communities will also be evaluated as part of the project.

Consumer Stipends

This project, which is coordinated by Council staff, provides stipends that enable consumers and families without organizational support to attend conferences, workshops, meetings and other events. Since the project began in late 1989, more than 300 stipend grants have been awarded.

Funds of up to $6,000 are awarded to organizations sponsoring events in Texas that promote consumer empowerment and involvement in activities that enhance independence, productivity and community integration for people with developmental disabilities. Organizations must apply for stipends at least 90 days before an event. More information on stipend applications. Contact the Grants Management Director at (512) 437-5437.

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