CDD Welcomes Vanessa Richard and Joana Idakwo 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 10:45am

Vanessa Richard comes to Center on Disability and Development from Texas Workforce Commission/Vocational Rehabilitation Services where she was a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.  Vanessa and her family transitioned from Georgia to Texas in 2013 where she served in the capacity of Rehabilitation Unit Manager with Georgia Rehabilitation Agency.  Her extensive background in vocational rehabilitation provided her the opportunity to develop and coordinate services for individuals with...

Student Highlight - Ellie Hefner

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 12:02pm

Hello, my name is Ellie. I’m going to be sharing “My Story” with you, but first, let me tell you a little bit about myself. Presently, I’m attending Texas A&M University (whoop)! I’m in a one-year certification program, called PATHS. It’s a program for individuals who have disabilities, who are capable of living on their own and have the passion to work in Human Services. There are three “tracks” to choose from. You choose only one of which you think you want to pursue. I chose Direct...

Doctoral student, Ching-Yi Liao, selected for the 11th cohort of the Council for Exceptional Children's Division for Research Doctoral Student Scholars (DRDSS)

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 11:26am

Ching-Yi Liao is a doctoral student in Special Education at Texas A&M University and the Project Coordinator for Coach 2 Communicate (C2C), a parent-directed treatment project to teach parents and caregivers with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and complex communication needs across Texas. The C2C project is under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Ganz, an affiliated faculty member with the Center on Disability and Development.

Ching-Yi was selected as an outstanding...

Able, Active, and Adaptive Climate and Diversity Conference

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 3:32pm

The conference will be held on March 1, 2019 at the Physical Education Activity Program Building on the campus of Texas A&M University. The mission of this conference is to promote the inclusion of, and support for, individuals with physical and/or intellectual disabilities and disorders through activities and academia that aims to enhance their capabilities. This student-led conference provides academic and practical presentations, exhibits, and experiences that meet...

Student Success Story, Lauren Puente

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 1:41pm

Lauren Puente grew up in Richmond, Texas with one goal in mind, to attend Texas A&M University. Lauren's great uncle, Colonel Robert Dixon, who was both a TAMU Junction Boy and Air Force One pilot, taught Lauren about Aggie traditions and the honor it is to become an Aggie.

Lauren received both her undergraduate and master's degrees from the Department of Education at Texas A&M University with a specialized interest in Special Education and Behavior.

While at...

Montague Center for Teaching Excellence Award presented to Dr. Carly Gilson

Monday, October 8, 2018 - 2:31pm

Dr. Carly Blustein Gilson is an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the Department of Educational Psychology. She completed her B.S. in Journalism at the University of Florida and M.Ed. in Secondary Education at Boston College. She taught special education at a middle school in Atlanta before pursuing doctoral studies. She received her Ph.D. in Special Education from Vanderbilt University in May 2017. Dr. Gilson joined the faculty at Texas A&M University in 2017 and currently...

College of the Mainland Distinguished Alumni, Tanya Baker

Monday, October 8, 2018 - 1:25pm

The College of the Mainland Foundation, in Texas City, honored three distinguished alumni on September 27, 2018. Tanya Baker is the Communications Specialist with the Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M University. Pictured left to right are William McGarvey, Michael Navarro and Tanya Baker at the College of the Mainland Foundation Gala. Honorees were recognized for their contributions to the college and the community through their professional and personal...

Educational Conference On Williams Syndrome

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 11:41am

Texas A & M University, Rudder Tower-4th Floor, 401 Joe Routt Blvd., College Station, Texas

Friday, September 28, 2018* 

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Attention Educators, Case Managers, Therapists, Social Workers, School Psychologists, Para-professionals...

If you are working with children who have cognitive challenges and learning disabilities, especially Williams syndrome – this conference is...

Volunteer Counselors Needed For Camp LIFE

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 12:02pm

Camp LIFE’s next session is October 19-21, 2018 and we are seeking positive, energetic and empathetic adults to volunteer as counselors for this event. Counselors will be matched with a camper with a disability (ages 5 and up) for the weekend and will be the camper’s primary support.


Responsibilities include:

Attending Camp LIFE training on Oct. 14th from 2-5pm. We will discuss camp expectations, guidelines and safety. Meeting the camper & camper’...

2018 Center Summer Programs

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 11:25am

Summer Programs have an impact on over 110 participants

The Center on Disability and Development supports several summer programs; this year there were 111 participants. As well as 49 staff and mentors who support and supervise the participants.

The Leadership, Employability, and Advocacy Project (LEAP) is a 10-day educational training program for youth ages 14-22. Applicants come from all over the state. The first session was...