Education & Training Opportunities

The Center on Disability and Development offers dozens of training opportunities throughout the year on disability-related topics. From hour-long seminars to full conferences, these are diverse opportunities for individuals, family members, and professionals to learn about a variety of topics.

Autism Projects and Leadership Grant

Funding and assistantship offers will be determined following admission to the program.

This doctoral program is ideal for students who:

  • Want to specialize in autism and related developmental disabilities,
  • Plan to become researchers and/or university faculty members, or
  • Are/wish to become behavior analysts.

The application deadlines are December 1st and April 1st.


Career & Technical Education Special Populations Resource Center

CTSP provides access to career and technical education (CTE) and special populations-related multimedia information to teachers, parents, and education professionals throughout Texas. Search our database of over 1100 new materials covering a range of CTE and Special Education Topics. Get online access to curriculum materials, videos and online courses, and more.

Institute for Person-Centered Practices

Offering training on person-centered thinking and plan facilitation.

As a collaborative initiative between the Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M University and the Texas Center for Disability Studies at the University of Texas, the Institute offers training in person-centered thinking and plan facilitation. Trainings are based on materials from The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices.

The Institute’s goal is to offer extensive training for participants to gain an understanding of person-centered practices, and provide opportunities to learn specific tools to be used to actively help people have fulfilling lives. Those who are encouraged to attend the trainings include (but are not limited to):

  • Individuals with disabilities,
  • Family members,
  • Service coordinators,
  • Service providers,
  • Local authority, and
  • State department staff.

Scholarships and discounted registration fees are now available for people with disabilities and their families.

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Contact Jeff Garrison-Tate for more information.

Leadership, Employability, and Advocacy Project

The Leadership, Employability, and Advocacy Project (LEAP) provides training and experiences to youth with disabilities to develop their leadership and advocacy skills. Project LEAP selects youth participants from among high school juniors and seniors across the state. Participants learn the history of the disability rights movement, engage in career activities and explore assistive technologies. They also gain exposure to legislative activities at the Texas Capitol, such as mock testimonies and a legislative session, and a tour of the facilities and meetings with state legislators. Of course, there’s always an element of fun with recreational activities, including a talent show, dance and more.

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Postsecondary Access and Training for Human Services

The PATHS Certificate Program is a program offered through the Center that will prepare graduates to be Direct Support Professionals. This two semester certificate program prepares graduates for employment in a career serving people with disabilities.

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Texas Transition Conference

Equipping participants with information about youth in transition.

The Texas Transition Conference is an annual three-day conference that equips family members and professionals with information about students with disabilities in transition to improve outcomes for postsecondary education and better employment opportunities. Established in 1977, the conference was formerly known as the Vocational Needs for Special Populations Statewide Conference. The conference is co-sponsored by the Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M University and other statewide organizations. Participants come from all over the state and include transition specialists, vocational coordinators, representatives of service agencies, educators and parents of youth with disabilities. Keynote speakers are internationally recognized experts in the field of transition issues.

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Contact Cheryl Grenwelge for more information.

Work and College Opportunities Project

The Work and College Opportunities (W.A.C.O.) project at Texas A&M University is a 5-week program held in the Summer for students who are blind or have low vision. DARS-DBS Transition Program, Brazos Valley Center for Independent Living and Texas A&M Center on Disability and Development collaborate. This summer work program for DARS consumers is held at Texas A&M University. Participants receive development and instruction in Professionalism, Self-determination and Teamwork. They live in on-campus dormitories, experience and learn about college opportunities, and work in the community 16-20 hours a week.

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Contact Cheryl Grenwelge for more information.