Present at NACDD’s Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

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Present at NACDD’s Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) encourages organizations to submit proposals and share best practices with other states at the 2018 National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) Annual Conference. The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, February 16, 2018.

NACDD is the national association for the 56 Councils on Developmental Disabilities (DD Councils) across the United States and its territories. TCDD is a member of NACDD.

Each summer, NACDD partners with a different DD Council to co-host the NACDD Annual Conference. During the conference, people and organizations from around the country come together to share the innovative programs and strategies they are implementing to improve the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The 2018 NACDD Annual Conference will be held July 9-12 at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland. The event location is part of National Harbor and is just south of Washington, D.C.

TCDD encourages organizations in Texas to submit presentation proposals so other states can learn from the work being done in Texas to improve the lives of people with I/DD. The theme for the 2018 conference is “See Me for Me: Connecting with Our Communities.” NACDD seeks proposals related to the theme and that fit within the framework of one or two of the following topical areas:

  • education projects and programs,
  • employment for people with I/DD,
  • community integration and involvement, and
  • self-advocacy.

NACDD is interested in proposals that feature leadership strategies and skill building, self-advocates taking action on issues of importance, and sessions that provide in-depth information and knowledge about specific topics.

This is an excellent opportunity to share the innovative work being done in Texas with a national audience. Last year, the following TCDD grantees presented at the NACDD Annual Conference in Utah:

  • Celia Hughes from VSA Texas discussed a project that trained self-advocates to become public speakers so they can raise awareness about disability issues.

  • Jeffrey Miller from Disability Rights Texas talked about guardianship alternatives and supported decision-making.

  • Santa Peña from South Texas College shared information about a joint project with the Texas Workforce Commission to support individuals with I/DD to complete post-secondary education and get jobs.

The deadline to submit a presentation proposal form is Friday, February 16, 2018. Completed proposal forms and questions can be submitted to Robin Troutman at rtroutman@naccd.org. To learn more about the conference, visit the NACDD Annual Conference webpage.