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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!

Community Now! Recommendations for the 85th Texas Legislative Session >>

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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Community Now! Recommendations for the 85th Texas Legislative Session

Close and consolidate State Supportive Living Centers: Direct the Health and Human Services Commission to create a State Supported Living Center (SSLC) Closure Commission to develop a plan that would close seven SSLCs by 2022. The Closure Commission will also include the following in the…

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In case you did not see September’s issue of the Texas Talk, we want advocates to send a letter to their State Representatives and Senators asking them to reform Texas’ state supported living center (SSLC) system. We know that reform is necessary to ensure ALL…

Denied: How Texas keeps tens of thousands of children out of special education

During the first week of school at Shadow Forest Elementary, a frail kindergartner named Roanin Walker had a meltdown at recess. Overwhelmed by the shrieking and giggling, he hid by the swings and then tried to escape the playground, hitting a classmate and biting a…

Award-winning ‘Love Land’ to be screened this Saturday – March 24, 2016

Love Land, a powerful film starring actors with intellectual and development disabilities, will be screened Saturday evening at StageCenter in Downtown Bryan. The film was written and directed by Joshua Tate, a Texas filmmaker with family connections to Bryan-College Station. Every character in the film…

Lufkin State-Supported Living Center employee assaulted mentally disabled girl – Feb. 1, 2016

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) – A representative of the Health and Human Services Commission’s Office of the Inspector General arrested a 57-year-old Lufkin State Supported Living Center employee in connection to allegations that she assaulted a mentally disabled 15-year-old girl. Read more >> http://www.newswest9.com/story/31108718/affidavit-lufkin-state-supported-living-center-employee-assaulted-mentally-disabled-girl

Dallas Morning News Article – August 12, 2015

The Dallas Morning News wrote an article about The Self Determination Group: Special needs group teaches independence through social meet ups, the next is Aug. 16

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. – MLK, Jr.