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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.


Texas Public Radio interviews Joe Tate, Policy Specialist for Community Now!  Click here to listen to the interview.  

Upcoming CN! Events

January 15, 2015 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Presentation: Resource Ally - Helping Families Connect with Resources
Arlington ISD Mac Bernd Professional Development Center
1111 West Arbrook Blvd., Arlington, Texas 76115
For more information: cindi@communitynowfreedom.org  

January 17, 2015 - 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
The Self-Determination Group Meeting
Meetings are held the 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month.

January 22, 2015
Presentation: Resource Ally - Helping Families Connect with Resources
(check back for session start time and contact information)
Giggles Therapy
905 Roberts Cut Off Road
River Oaks, Texas 76114

February 7, 2015
The Self-Determination Group Meeting
Meetings are held the 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month.


February 20, 2015 
CN to present at the Texas Transition Conference in Dallas

February 21, 2015
The Self-Determination Group will exhibit at the 3rd Annual Living With Disability Conference

February 21, 2015 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
3rd Annual Living With Disability Information & Resource Conference
 

- Click here for conference details - speakers, topics, and more.
- Sponsorship Packages Available - register here
- Exhibitor opportunities available - register here.  

Please join us in thanking our conference sponsor...
- Cigna HealthSpring

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 March 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.

- CTD Surveys on Disability Employment, ECI and Personal Attendant Services

Public Meetings & Events

January 15, 2015

- Promoting Independence Advisory Committee Meeting
- IDD System Redesign Committee: Transition to Managed Care Sub-Committee Meeting

January 20, 2015

- IDD System Redesign Advisory Committee: Housing Sub-Committee Meeting

January 22, 2015

- STAR+PLUS Stakeholder Meeting

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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.