A simple online search can provide you with a vast amount of information on any one topic. The TCDS encourages you to ensure the information you obtain is correct so you can make informed decisions. Try these tips for your online searches.

  • Do not spend too much time searching... More is not always a good thing. Use a few sources that you trust.
  • Consider the source... Go to the experts on the topic you are researching.
  • Use current information... Check the date of the information you obtain. Recommendations can change based on research and policy. 
  • Check with your trusted professionals... Ask a trusted source if the information you find fits your situation.

Workers With A Disability and the ADA: Your Rights as an Employee and Job Seeker

  • Explore the common types of discrimination encountered by job seekers and employees with disabilities, how to handle these situations and what protections are afforded by law.

Professional Development Resources

  • A collection of employment resources created by ACT LEND Trainee Catherine Harwood. 

Resources and Services: A Living Document

  • Created by TCDS intern Miranda Toy, this document aggregates a broad range of local services ranging from Housing, Mental Health, LGBTQ+, and Disability Rights Organizations. 

Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities Partners

Directory of Community Resources

  • This is a community-maintained directory that allows you to search by zip code and keyword. 

Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities

  • The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities helps people with developmental disabilities achieve their potential for independence, productivity and integration into their communities by working to develop a comprehensive system of service and supports in Texas.

A&M The Center on Disability and Development

  • The work of the Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M University is focused on promoting inclusive and diverse schools and communities, improving education and quality of life outcomes, and creating better lives for people with disabilities and their families through education, research, and service.

Past Projects


Health Behavior Research and Training Institute (HBRTI)

  • For multiple years, TCDS was awarded a grant from UT’s School of Social Work, Health Behavior Research and Training Institute (HBRTI), to participate in a national initiative that engages health professionals in building expertise, interest, and action related to FASD. 

Parents and Children Setting Goals Together (PACT)

  • This project provided training to parents/caregivers of children with autism, ages 3-22, on Applied Behavior Analysis and Transition to Adulthood.

Texas Sibling Network (TSN)

  • The Texas Sibling Network (TSN) creates a community for adult siblings of people with disabilities by adult siblings of people with disabilities. 


  • The TRELLIS (Transition Research Excellence for Life Long Independence with Supports) project is an interdisciplinary research, training, and clinical practice site for students at the University of Texas. 

Research and Education on Disability and Disaster

  • A project committed to facilitating better awareness and knowledge of how to support people with disabilities before, during, and after disaster events.

Partners in Research

  • Partners in Research is an innovative program designed to empower adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to become active stakeholders in health research.