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Independence from waiting. 
                                   Freedom from institutions.

                  Community Now! responds to the Sunset Advisory
                    Commission's
Recommendation to Close 6 SSLCs 
                          Community Now! SB204 Failure Press Release

                 84th Legislature Results Highlights Health & Human 
                                     Services Sunset Reviews
                         

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

Upcoming CN! Events

SAVE THE DATE! August 8, 2015 - A Look Ahead - A quarterly workshop series for families and individuals living with disability and the people who support them.
Registration opens July 8th.  

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.

- Disability Visibility Project - people with disabilities are encouraged to contribute their story in celebration of the upcoming 25th Anniversary of the ADA. Learn more about the project and how to participate here.

- The Governors Committee on People with Disabilities seeks nominations for the Lex Friedman Employment Awards. Submission deadline: July 17, 2015.

Meetings & Events

- Texas Advocates Conference - July 24-26, 2015 (Dallas)

- Understanding Autism: Recognizing And Responding To The Citizens We Serve Workshops - July 16, 2015 OR July 17, 2015 (Ft. Worth)
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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.