Service & Outreach
The Center has many ongoing community service and training projects that are all designed to increase quality of life, support self-determination, and/or facilitate community integration for people with disabilities and their families. These projects address a broad range of family and consumer needs.
- Aggie Ability Awareness
- Aggie Guide-Dogs and Service-Dogs
- Autism Clinic
- Brazos Valley Center for Independent Living
- Camp LIFE
- Directory of Community Services in Texas
- Leadership, Employability, and Advocacy Project
- Purposeful Life: Family Training
- Research and Education in Disaster and Disability
- Texas AgrAbility Project
- Whose Life Is It Anyway?
Aggie Ability Awareness (AAA) is a voluntary and interactive 3-hour seminar designed to increase knowledge, awareness, and respect for people with disabilities among students, faculty, and staff at Texas A&M University. In doing so, AAA will promote positive, equitable, accepting attitudes towards people with disabilities on campus and in the surrounding community. http://cdd.tamu.edu/aggie-ability-awareness
Contact: Laura Stough, 979-845-8257
Since 1997, Texas A&M students have been training puppies to become service dogs through the Aggie Guide-Dogs and Service-Dogs (AGS). With the help of these student puppy raisers, dogs learn how to obey and behave in public places, as well as respond to commands unique to service dogs. AGS members provide services to the community via education and therapy-dog programs. http://ags.tamu.edu/
The only provider of ABA therapy in the Brazos Valley. Serving individuals of all ages. The Autism Clinic provides a variety of services: Autism Assessment/Diagnosis 3-6 years of age, social clubs for all ages, private therapy, in home therapy and parent training. http://autismclinic.tamu.edu/
Brazos Valley Center for Independent Living
Contact: Jackie Pacha, 979-776-5505
Promoting the full inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in all aspects of community life.
Provided by a five-year federal grant from the Rehabilitation Services Administration, the BVCIL is a cross-disability, consumer-directed organization that will provide peer counseling, independent living skills instruction and other support services to individuals with disabilities in the Brazos Valley. The BVCIL will be part of a state and nationwide network of Centers for Independent Living. As a community outreach organization affiliated with the Center on Disability and Development, the BVCIL will also provide opportunities for graduate student training and research and demonstration projects that address community quality of life issues for people with disabilities and their families. http://bvcil.org/
Camp LIFE | Contact: Aimee Day, 979-862-2913
A weekend adventure for children with disabilities and their siblings.
LIFE—it stands for Leadership, Independence and Friends through Experiences, and it’s what embodies the spirit of Camp LIFE. Camp LIFE creates an integrated setting for children with disabilities and their siblings to participate in a barrier-free camp adventure. It is held twice a year for a weekend in the fall and spring. Many of the counselors at Camp LIFE are undergraduate students in a special education teacher training program at Texas A&M University. Participating as a counselor provides these future teachers an opportunity to teach social, recreational and independent living skills and to spend an entire weekend with campers with disabilities in a non-classroom setting. A low counselor-to-camper ratio ensures that each camper receives the support he or she needs to fully participate in all activities. Campers engage in horseback riding, ropes course, climbing wall, petting zoo, swimming, canoeing, fishing, dancing, zip line, biking, archery, crafts and more. Children with disabilities between the ages of 5 and 21 and their siblings between the ages of 5 and 12 are eligible to attend Camp LIFE. To keep the camp affordable, fees are charged on a sliding scale based on combined family income. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. http://camplife.tamu.edu/
Find disability resources and community services throughout Texas! Customize your search by zip code, county, region, keyword, or category. http://disabilityresources.tamu.edu/
Contact: Dr. Cheryl Grenwelge, firstname.lastname@example.org
Project LEAP provides training and experiences to youth with disabilities to develop their leadership and advocacy skills. 30 high school juniors and seniors are selected to attend an educational ten-day program. Participants learn the history of the disability right movement, engage in career activities and explore assistive technologies. They will tour the State Capitol, meet with state level officials and have one day of mock legislative sessions. http://cdd.tamu.edu/project-leap
Contact: Dr. Meagan Sumbera, email@example.com 979-458-0169
The Center on Disability and Development (CDD) at Texas A&M University, Down Syndrome Association of Brazos Valley (DSABV), Families of Autistic Children Engaged Together for Support (FACETS), and the Brazos Center for Independent Living (BVCIL) are hosting a free workshop series for parents and family members of children with exceptionalities. http://cdd.tamu.edu/service-outreach/purposeful-life-family-training
Contact: Laura Stough, (979) 845-8257
Project REDD was created in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in response to the overwhelming needs of the over 400,000 individuals with disabilities that were displaced to Texas following these disasters.
The mission of Project REDD is to:
- conduct high-quality research and evaluation on how disasters affect individuals with disabilities and their families, and
- provide training and workshops on the topic of disability and disaster for organizations, service providers and at professional conferences.
Project REDD collaborates with other researchers exploring psychological constructs related to the effects of disaster. Project REDD has produced the “Disaster Acronym Guide” and the “Texas Guide to Supports and Services for Individuals with Disabilities and Their Families Affected by Disasters.” Over 10,000 of these guides have been distributed to emergency management personnel, case managers, volunteer organizations, county extension agents and people throughout Texas. Project REDD faculty present at professional organizations and engage in ongoing research on the effects of disaster on individuals with disabilities and their families. http://redd.tamu.edu/
Texas AgrAbility | Contact: Cheryl Grenwelge, (979) 845-3727
Connecting, assisting and empowering people in production agriculture.
An estimated 50,000 farmers, ranchers and agricultural workers in the state who have some type of disability. Texas AgrAbility’s focus is on connecting, assisting and empowering agricultural producers, their family members and employees with disabilities and chronic health conditions to stay engaged in production agriculture. This program, initiated in 2009 by Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Texas A&M University, is part of a nationwide network of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs.
- We provide assistance through individualized consultation and assessment of agricultural work sites and tasks and make recommendations for farm equipment adaptation, home modifications and adaptive equipment.
- We connect farmers, ranchers, their family members and farm workers to the disability community network of professionals and each other.
- We seek to empower through education and resources the self-determination of individuals with disabilities to stay actively engaged in agriculture.
This exciting training event brings together parents and students to learn how person centered practices lead to plans that support students to get better lives based on what is important to them.
As parents we want to make sure our children are safe. BUT if all we think about is health and safety, how will our loved one discover how they want to live their life?http://cdd.tamu.edu/service-outreach/whose-life-is-it-anyway