FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 17, 2013
Contact: Sito Negron
Senator Jose Rodríguez (D-El Paso) announced that the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities awarded $75,000 to the Volar Center for Independent Living for the first 18 months of a project to increase local organizations’ ability to provide community-based services for people with developmental disabilities.
“Volar will bring together a diverse group of organizations and individuals to form a community support network which will develop a strategic plan to improve services and supports for all individuals with disabilities in El Paso County,” Rodríguez said. “They will work to develop an ideal system of care that provides high-quality, culturally appropriate services that are person or family centered, such as healthcare, behavior supports, respite and other supports.”
The network will develop a strategic plan describing the targeted issue(s) and planned approach to build community capacity that will be submitted to TCDD. At that point, the network can request additional funding from TCDD to implement the strategic plan.
TCDD is governed by a 27-member board, dedicated to improving the lives of more than 475,000 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 and participate 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.