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Peer support specialist network 

The Peer Support Specialist Network empowers Adults with Developmental Disabilities (DD/IDD) in institutional settings. Individuals who live in institutions such as the State Supported Living Centers (SSLCs), Nursing Homes, or Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF-DD) settings are guided to Understand, Learn and Lead

  • Understand their rights

  • Learn about opportunities available in their communities

  • Lead or actively participate in their own Person-Centered Planning process

Interaction will increase understanding of rights, resources for support and communication skills (both verbal and nonverbal). Client outcomes will be used to:

  • Change local policy

  • Support person-centered planning

  • Provide recommendations to institutional settings for policy amendments

Long-term impacts on adults with DD/IDD can explore their options and communicate/act on their desire for personal growth.

The program supports the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities Disabilities (TCDD) State Plan Goal-increase the access that individuals with DD and families of individuals with DD have to information training and support to advocate for themselves and/or collaborate with allies to impact public policy, service systems, and community support.