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Person-Centered Planning for Youth Participating in Waiver Programs 

Person-Centered Planning is an ongoing problem-solving process used to help you plan for your future. In person-centered planning, groups of people focus on you and your vision of what you would like to do in the future. This "person-centered" team meets at a time and place that is convenient for you to identify opportunities to develop personal relationships, participate in your community, increase control over your own life, and develop the skills and abilities needed to achieve these goals. To learn more, check out It's My Choice, A self-guided workbook on person-centered planning.

According to Texas Health and Human Services, youth with disabilities must have a person-centered plan if they received services from one of the following waiver programs: 

  • Community First Choice
  • Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS)
  • Deaf Blind with Multiple Disabilities (DBMD)
  • Home and Community Based Services Adult Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services delivered through STAR Health
  • Home and Community-based Services (HCS)
  • Medically Dependent Children Program (MDCP)
  • STAR Kids
  • Texas Home Living (TxHmL)
  • Youth Empowerment Services (YES)
For more information or to contact the THHS at
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Embrace the holiday spirit this season by attending one of these great holiday events found in Texas. You can visit with Santa, play with snow or view millions of lights at these events. Since the holiday season has several celebrations including Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah, you’ll find an event related to all of these great holidays. 

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Transportation is a critical need for people with disabilities, especially those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Access to affordable and reliable transportation allows you to participate in important opportunities in such as education, employment, healthcare, housing and community life!

You can learn more about the transportation options for people with disabilities here

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Additional Reading: $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill signed last month aims to make public transportation more accessible

Disney's New Disability Access Policy  

Visitors to Disneyland Resort can now start making arrangements for disability accommodations and schedule return times for some experiences in advance of their trip to the parks, the company said.

The new advance planning option is available at the California parks for visits occurring on December 20, 2021 or later.

The new system, which launched earlier this fall at Disney World, allows visitors with disabilities to request accommodations through the Disability Access Service, or DAS, program between two and 30 days before arriving at a park via a live video chat with a cast member.

Visit Disability Scoop to read full story

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