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Developmental Disabilities

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.

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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.

People First Language

Texas Medicaid Stories

We are conducting a survey to collect stories about how Medicaid impacts people with disabilities and their family members. Information about the Texas Medicaid Stories survey is available in English and Spanish.

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News and Information

Read more TCDD news and information blog posts.

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    May Council Meeting Wrap-Up

    During TCDD’s May Council and Committee Meetings, the Council funded new innovative projects, learned about current disability-related issues, and welcomed new members.

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    Governor Abbott Issues Mental Health Month Proclamation

    In his proclamation recognizing May as Mental Health Month, Governor Greg Abbott encourages all Texans to learn about mental health conditions so they can help reduce the stigma that surrounds these conditions.

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    2018 Update: Autism Services in Texas

    Although steps have been taken to expand autism services, many people still don’t have access to services. Learn about what’s available now and what might be considered during the next legislative session.


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.