“As Chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee, I am delighted that persons with disabilities pursuing postsecondary education will benefit from this funding,” Zaffirini said. “Specifically, they will receive specialized support and services not usually offered at higher education institutions, including specialized assistive technology, communication and self-advocacy training.”
The new program will include rigorous academic courses and enrichment classes that will serve as a pathway to careers in human services. What’s more, it includes a full year of training and supervised, field-based experience leading to a certificate and job placement.
“This program is designed to help persons with disabilities pursue careers and live productive, fulfilling lives,” Senator Zaffirini said. “It is my hope that other higher education institutions will use the program as a model and look to its manual as a guide.”
TCDD is a 27-member board dedicated to improving the lives of more than 450,000 Texans with developmental disabilities. The Council provides a variety of activities, including grant projects, technical assistance, public awareness and leadership training, to enable people with disabilities to live, attend classes and work in the community.
More information on TCDD and its projects is available via http://www.txddc.state.tx.us or 800/262-0334.