Peer Support Specialists for Individuals Living in Institutions
Texas State Independent Living Council
1524 S IH 35 Frontage Rd #320
Austin, TX 77095
Peer Assistance Leadership webpage
July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2023
The goal of this project is to train 25 Texans with disabilities to serve as Peer Support Specialist in the areas of mentoring, resident rights, formal and informal services that support independent living, person-centered thinking and planning, and voting rights. The goals will be achieved by partnering with Centers for Independent Living, Valley Association for Independent Living (VAIL) and Disability In Action (DIA), to develop and implement peer support and training programs for individuals who live in institutions.
State Plan Goal 3
Goal 3: Promote Advocacy Including Self Advocacy – Increase the access that individuals with developmental disabilities and families of individuals with developmental disabilities have to information, training, and support to advocate for themselves and/or to collaborate with allies to impact public policy, service systems, and community supports.
Objective 3.1: Support at least nine leadership development and advocacy skills training programs for people with disabilities, family members of people with disabilities and allies by 9/30/21.
Taylor, Shackelford, Callahan, Stephens, Eastland, Jones, Cameron, Starr, Willacy, Duval, Jim Hogg, Hidalgo, Webb, and Zapata
Area of Emphasis
Education / Promote Advocacy Including Self Advocacy