FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2011
Contact: Melissa Loe
TCDD Grant to Improve Outreach to Ethnic Minority Cultures
The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities awarded a $7,170 grant to Parents as Partners in Special Education for one year to improve the lives of people in ethnic minority cultures. This project will help TCDD to better understand the different values, cultures and customs that exist in Texas and how cultural issues may impact how services should be provided. It also will train Spanish speaking parents on how to advocate for their children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as they learn to find and access services.
“Research shows that minority families face many barriers that make it difficult to access and obtain services that they need,” explained Brenda Coleman-Beattie, TCDD chair. “This project is increasing parents’ awareness of culturally sensitive services and how to advocate for them, in order to improve the overall quality of life and independence of Spanish speaking families that have children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.” It should also assist local organizations in improving culturally sensitive services, she said.
The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities 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.