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Independence from waiting. 
                                   Freedom from institutions.

                    Community Now! responds to the Sunset 
                   Commission 
Recommendation to Close 6 SSLCs

                     Community Now! needs your support! 
                                More information available here. 


84th Legislative Recommendations

SB 204 - Relating to Relating to the functions and operations of the Department of Aging and Disability Services; increasing penalties.
Amendment 2, Amendment 3, Amendment 4, Amendment 8, Amendment 9, Amendment 10, 204 Amendments - Remarks  

Upcoming CN! Events

2015 Inclusive Cinema Empowerment Project (ICEP) Mentor Workshop 

- Check back often - details and application available soon!
- Click here for more information about the ICEP program.
- View the 2013 or 2014 ICEP Mentor Workshop video highlights.

On-going monthly CN! Board Meetings - Click
here for information.

Information & Public Input

Information...


- Community First Choice program (scheduled to launch June 2015)

- HCBS Advocacy - information and resources regarding the new Home and Community Based Settings (HCBS) rule

- HHSC Medicaid Managed Care Initiatives website

- MDCP denials: Click 
here for more information

Input Opportunities

- Community Now! Survey - CN! is conducting a survey to better understand your specific long-term services and supports needs and barriers to access. Take the survey here - it is available in 
English and Spanish.

Public Meetings & Events
Meetings and events are posted as information becomes available.

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People ask, 
        "How can someone abuse a person who is disabled?" 

We ask, 
        "How can so many people - good people - NOT do anything 
         about it?"


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Join the movement


The disability rights movement, an ongoing struggle by individuals who live life with a disability label to gain full citizenship, is a civil rights issue. Many individuals, due to their disability, have been denied equality, independence, autonomy and full access to society.

It is often attitudinal barriers that affect everyday life for individuals who have a developmental disability. In addressing those barriers through positive awareness efforts, fears and negative attitudes can be replaced with knowledge and understanding.
 

We are inviting everyone to participate - to look beyond an individual's disability to picture that person's potential, seeing the individual's unique abilities, capabilities and contributions. To be an inspirer; to encourage families and individuals who have a disability to work toward their own dreams, and raise awareness and understanding within your community.  If we can dream it, we can achieve it! 

        "In the end, we will remember not the words of our 
        enemies, but the SILENCE of our friends."
-- MLK, Jr.