Welcome to the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities Website
A developmental disability is a severe, chronic disability that begins before the person reaches age 22 and is likely to continue throughout one’s life.
People First Language
What do you call a person with a disability? A person. People First Language is an objective and respectful way to speak about people with disabilities by emphasizing the person first, rather than the disability.
The 84th Texas Legislature passed significant legislation to advance alternatives to guardianship for people with disabilities, including supported decision-making. The Supported Decision-Making Agreement form is available.Learn About Alternatives
News and Information
Read more TCDD news and information blog posts.
TCDD is looking for people with DD or family members to serve on the Council. This is a great opportunity to share your experience and make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities in Texas.
Continue Reading TCDD Seeks Council Members
During the special legislative session, bills will be considered that could impact people with disabilities and their families. Use our Bill Tracking Reports to learn about the bills that could impact you. Continue Reading Special Session Bill Tracking Reports
National Disability Voter Registration Week is July 17-21. Texans with disabilities and other disability advocates can participate by registering to vote or training to become a volunteer deputy registrar. Continue Reading Get Involved in National Disability Voter Registration Week
The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities is committed to creating change so that each individual is able to be fully included in their own communities and exercise control over their own lives.