Coalition of Texans with Disabilities — Developmental Disabilities Policy Fellow

Coalition of Texans with Disabilities
316 West 12th Street #405
Austin, TX 78701
Coalition of Texans with Disabilities website

Project Director
Dennis Borel

Project Period
August 1, 2014 – July 31, 2016

Project Objective
The Coalition of Texans with Disabilities’ proposed Fellowship Project would address public policy regarding Texans with developmental disabilities in several ways. The fellow will build a deep understanding of policy regarding Texans with developmental disabilities; become adept at working with and training self-advocates with developmental disabilities with diverse backgrounds and their families; and develop the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities to become an effective member of the developmental disabilities policy workforce. By providing opportunities for the fellow to work in and observe a wide variety of settings, he will develop a comprehensive understanding of how to facilitate lasting policy change.

State Plan Goal 6
Work with others to double the number of identified leadership development and advocacy training programs that are able to provide culturally appropriate training for people with developmental disabilities without ongoing grant funding from TCDD, by September 30, 2016.

Meet the Policy Fellow

photograph of Chris Masey with a beard and glasses

Chris Masey is the Developmental Disabilities Policy Fellow at the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities. Chris recently obtained a master’s degree in business with a concentration on strategic planning and nonprofit management. Chris is the parent of a child with a disability, and has been active with a variety of organizations that provide support and services to children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Chris’ research and advocacy interests focus on issues relevant to people with developmental disabilities such as employment, early childhood intervention, support services, and promoting choice and independence.

Geographic Reach

Texas map with Travis county marked

Area of Emphasis
Formal and Informal Community Supports