OFFICE OF STATE SENATOR TROY FRASER
STATE CAPITOL BUILDING, ROOM 1E.15
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 19, 2011
Senator Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay) announced that the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities awarded a $40,000 grant to Imagine Enterprises to expand a leadership and advocacy training program for youth with disabilities. The two-year project will train six youth as peer-to-peer trainers who will instruct 50 more individuals, 16-22 years old, to be peer mentors for other youth in Abilene and the surrounding counties.
“I’m pleased that the Council is able to provide grant money so that Imagine Enterprises can expand this project to benefit young people with developmental disabilities,” said Fraser. “These funds will help improve services so that all people with disabilities can be fully included in their communities.”
The peer-to-peer trainers will be selected from 300 youth who have graduated from Imagine Enterprises’ youth leadership and advocacy project. The grant money will allow the six individuals chosen to receive intensive support and coaching, including training in peer supports, leadership, advocacy, community living, continued education and employment.
Imagine Enterprises is partnering with three other groups in this project: the Betty Hardwick Center, Region 14 Education Service Center, and Not Without Us Center for Independent Living.
“I appreciate the TCDD board for choosing this community to receive these funds,” said Fraser. “I know these community partners will maximize the money to support individuals with disabilities.”
TCDD is a 27-member board, dedicated to improving the lives of the 452,620 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, grow up, attend school and work 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.
More information on TCDD and its projects is at tcdd.texas.gov or call 1-800-262-0334.
Senator Troy Fraser (R – Horseshoe Bay) represents 21 counties in the geographic center of Texas. He serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and sits on the Senate Committees on Economic Development, State Affairs, and International Relations and Trade.