About TCDS


The Texas Center for Disability Studies works to create a better world through research, education, practice, and policy.


The Texas Center for Disability Studies envisions a world where all people are recognized, respected, valued, and included.


  • Choice
  • Freedom
  • Included
  • Inherent value of people
  • Justice
  • Respect

The Texas Center for Disability Studies strives to fulfill the mission, vision and values through work at our Center and with our partners. See our University mission here



There are Developmental Disability Partners in every state; in Texas we embrace the partnerships and strive to utilize the expertise that each 'DD Partner' organization has. 

Our national partners recently grew as a result of a 2015 federal reorganization. The Administration on Community Living was formed and houses a collaborative group of administrations focused on community living.  See this link for an organizational information that details the partnerships.