Texas Advocates

Peer Support Specialists for Individuals Living in Institutions

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Texas Advocates
8001 Centre Park Dr, Ste 100
Austin, Texas 78754
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Project Director
Annessa Lewis
512-522-6591

Project Period
May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2023

Project Objective
The goal of this project is to help individuals with developmental disabilities create person-centered plans, so they can develop the skills needed to become more independent. The goals will be achieved through a curriculum that will train the peer support specialists to create person-centered plans for the individuals they will serve in the institutions. The result of this program will be to have taught the peer support specialists how to develop their skills to support residents of the State Supported Living Centers in identifying their individual goals, grow their advocacy skills, and make informed decisions about their services and supports.

State Plan Goal 3
Goal 3: Increase the access that individuals with developmental disabilities and families of individuals with developmental disabilities have to information, training, and support to advocate for themselves and/or to collaborate with allies to impact public policy, service systems, and community supports. Objective 3.1: Support at least nine leadership development and advocacy skills training programs for people with disabilities, family members of people with disabilities and allies by 9/30/21.


Geographic Reach
Travis and Bexar counties

Texas Advocates Peer Support Project for Travis and Bexar counties

Area of Emphasis
Promote Advocacy Including Self Advocacy