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Save this Date: September 24, 2013
Location: The Norris Conference Center of Fort Worth, TX
The Texas Culture Change Coalition (TxCCC) and the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) is pleased to announce the upcoming joint conference to provide continuing education to providers working in nursing homes, assisted living homes, group homes for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities and state supported living centers.
This conference seeks to promote the preferences of individuals living or working in long term care settings to achieve healthy and happy outcomes for both those who live there and those who serve.
Registration will open soon.
July 12-13, 2013
Embassy Suites Hotel
1001 E. McCarty Lane
San Marcos, Texas
Please join the Texas Autism Research and Resource Center (TARRC) for this exciting opportunity to learn about cutting edge autism research, including studies on possible causes of and factors contributing to autism, and research supporting evidence-based practices for the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
The conference will appeal to academics, researchers and licensed professionals who work with individuals with ASD, as well as family members and caregivers with a special interest in autism research.
Aug. 12, 2013
John H. Winters Human Services Complex
Public Hearing Room
701 W. 51st St., Austin
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Website usability and accessibility encompasses all disabilities, including visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive and neurological. Two rules became effective on Sept. 1, 2006, that are related to the accessibility of content on state of Texas Internet and intranet websites, including non-HTML documents such as PDFs, PowerPoint presentations and others. These rules are:
The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services strives to ensure that its web pages display properly in the current and two previous versions of Internet Explorer and Firefox. When linking to other file types, such as PDFs, website users need to ensure they have downloaded the appropriate file viewing software. The following are some file types that you may find on the DADS website with links to downloading viewers or players.
The Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) has identified the Office of Consumer Rights and Services as its centralized source for the receipt of complaints by people who receive services from DADS, family members and the public.
To report a complaint about the treatment of older Texans and people with disabilities, including people with intellectual disabilities, who receive services in facilities or from agencies regulated by DADS click here to contact Consumer Rights and Services or call 1-800-458-9858.
If you are concerned with the treatment of someone living in a state supported living center (SSLC), call 1-877-323-6466, or 1-877-648-2233 if you use TDD, to speak to an independent ombudsman who can help. To learn more, visit the Independent Ombudsman website.
Suspected cases of abuse, neglect or exploitation of SSLC residents should be reported directly to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services at 1-800-252-5400.
Long-term care ombudsmen work to resolve complaints about the quality of life and quality of care of people who live in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and to protect their rights. If you have concerns, call 1-800-252-2412. To learn more, visit the Long-Term Care Ombudsman website.
Contact the HHSC Ombudsman Office if you have complaints or issues related to health and human services programs not administered by DADS.
Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Office of the Ombudsman, MC H-700
P.O. Box 13247
Austin, TX 78711-3247
Fax: 1-888-780-8099 (Toll-free)
TTY: 1-888-425-6889 or 1-512-438-3087
Consistent with requirements set out in the Settlement Agreement between the state of Texas and the U. S. Department of Justice, three teams of professionals in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities have been assigned responsibility for conducting a baseline review and subsequent on-site compliance monitoring visits at each of the 12 state supported living centers in Texas as well as at the ICF/IID component of the Rio Grande State Center.