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DD Program

Health Equity for Developmental Disabilities

For Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and their Families and Caregivers

A research project led by Drs. Lei-Shih (Lace) Chen and Marcia Montague at Texas A&M University.

This work is supported by the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities through a grant from the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Washington, D.C. 20201, with a 100% federal funding award totaling $6,121,860. Council efforts are those of the grantee and do not necessarily represent the official views of nor are endorsed by ACL, HHS, or the U.S. government.

About the Program

The Developmental Disabilities program aims to help individuals with DD and their caregivers in constructing a support system for improvement. By participating, you will receive free resources for the duration of the program available at flexible hours. The Developmental Disabilities program includes support and free 24- hour virtual access of project project materials. Our overall goal is to promote health equity for individuals with DD beginning in the Brazos Valley region.

Program Eligibility

  1. People who are living with developmental disabilities or caregivers/parents of people with developmental disabilities.
  2. People who live in the Brazos Valley Region (Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Robertson, or Washington Counties).
  3. People who are able to read, write, and speak either English or Spanish fluently.
  4. People who have access to a smartphone, laptop, or desktop computer with reliable internet to take the training course.
  5. People who have access to an active email account (we can provide assistance setting up an email account if needed).

Our Team

Lei-Shih (Lace) Chen, Ph.D., PT, MCHES, CHW

Lei-Shih (Lace) Chen, Ph.D., PT, MCHES, CHW

Program Director

Professor, Department of Health Behavior
School of Public Health | Texas A&M University

Marcia L. Montague, Ph.D.

Marcia L. Montague, Ph.D.

Program Co-Director

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology
College of Education & Human Development | Texas A&M University

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Brazos Valley Region?

The Brazos Valley Region consists of Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Robertson, and Washington Counties.

Can I join this program if I don't live in the Brazos Valley Region?

Unfortunately, this program is currently only available for residents of the Brazos Valley Region.

Can I continue this program if I move out of the Brazos Valley Region?

No. If you move out of the Brazos Valley Region, you will not be able to continue with this program.

Can I join this program if I am fluent in only Spanish or only English?

Yes! This program is available in both Spanish and English and you are not required to understand both languages.

Can I join this program if I do not speak English or Spanish?

No. Unfortunately, this program is only available in English and Spanish, and fluency in one or both languages is required.

Will this program affect my health insurance status or my job?

No. This program is free and will be done on your schedule. You will not need to take off work as we will work with the best times for you. You will only need to be available for a few phone calls outside of your working hours.

When will I be able to access the training?

The free training will be available 24 hours a day and you may do the training at any time as long as your internet connection is stable.

Is this program free?

Yes! You can participate in this program at no cost.

Will my information be kept confidential?

Yes! We will not share your information or profile with anyone.

Will participating in this program expose me to COVID-19?

No. This program is offered and can be completed 100% online.

How long does the program last?

The tentative end date is currently August 31, 2027.

Will I still have access to the materials when the program ends?

No, but you can save a copy of the materials during the program.

Brazos Valley Resources

Below are lists of different types of healthcare providers in the Brazos Valley area. We do not endorse or recommend any of the professionals or clinics listed. These are just the options that we have identified in the Brazos Valley region.

Get in Touch

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Departments of Health Behavior and Educational Psychology
Texas A&M University
367G SPH Administration Bldg.
212 Adriance Lab Rd.
1226 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-1266
Phone: 979-459-2424

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