February 2012

Monthly Archives

  • Senator Zaffirini Announces Grant for College Disabilities Program


    Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, announced today (Feb. 16) that Texas A&M University will receive $225,000 for the first year of a five-year grant from the Texas Council on Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) to develop an inclusive postsecondary education program for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

  • Senators Announce Grant for College Disabilities Program


    Senators Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D-Brownsville) and Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-McAllen) announced that the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities awarded $225,000 for the first year of a grant to demonstrate how individuals with severe developmental disabilities can succeed in college and obtain jobs. The five-year grant to the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) will work with individuals in Hidalgo County who are 18-25 years old to help them attend South Texas College and become employed.

  • Virginia, Illinois Closing Residential Institutions


    Virginia will close four of its five large institutions for people with developmental disabilities and expand community-based services under a 10-year, $2.1 billion settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice that was announced on Jan. 26, 2012.

  • Schools Advised to Use Broadened Definition of Disabilities


    The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights recently provided guidance on how elementary and secondary schools are affected by changes that broadened the definition of disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.

  • Senate Interim Study Topics for Legislative Committees Being Released


    Between legislative sessions, the Texas Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the House of Representatives appoint Interim Committees to study important issues that help guide the Texas Legislature’s decisions in the future. These interim committees hold hearings and take public testimony. Their findings will affect actions taken during the next regular session which begins Jan. 8, 2013.