The ESCT Advocacy Department is respected at all levels of state government as organized and committed advocates working to expand and protect disability rights in Texas. We research and analyze issues effecting Texans with disbilities and craft policy recommendations to ensure access and availability of necessary services and supports.
We actively advocate for legislation, funding, and programs and policies that offer people with disabilities more independence, choice and control in their lives. Some of our issue areas include affordable, accessible housing; supported, competitive, integrated employment; mental health services that promote recovery, Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) services; and rehabilitation services.
Through ESCT advocacy campaigns, people with disabilities and their families and friends can advance disability-related issues such as accessibility, equality and inclusion.
The Easterseals Coalition Serving Texas (ESCST) is a nonpartisan advocacy coalition working to promote policies that advance disability rights in Texas. ESCST is comprised of five Texas Easterseals affiliates: Easterseals Central Texas, Easterseals East Texas, Easterseals Greater Houston, Easterseals North Texas and Easterseals Rio Grande Valley.
Together, we provide an array of services for all ages, from Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) services for young children to respite care for aging adults. ESCST is dedicated to expanding and protecting disability rights so that all Texans can live independently and realize their hopes and dreams.
The Easterseals Leadership Development and Advocacy Training Program provides free training, resources, and ongoing support to empower individuals with disabilities and family members to advocate at the local, state, and federal levels. Ongoing training opportunities are offered throughout the state in both English and Spanish. For more information contact Advocacy Manager Jolene Sanders at email@example.com or 512-615-6872.
Here are some tools that will help you in preparing to advocate for yourself and others.
Financial Support for the Easterseals Leadership Development and Advocacy Training Program is provided by the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities, with Federal funds* made available by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. *$64,394 (76%) DD funds; $20,643 (24%) non-federal resources.
Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) is a program providing screenings and assessments, case management, family education, and needed therapies to infants and toddlers with disabilities and developmental delays aged birth to 36 months. Many Easterseals affiliates in Texas are ECI providers, including Easterseals Central Texas.
ECI supports families to help their children reach their full potential through services provided in the home, before they enter the school system. These early interventions are recognized as having a substantial return on investment.
Check out Easterseals' new infographic about ECI in Texas!
Through survey research, data analysis, and in-person interviews, the Easterseals Central Texas advocacy department completed the INTEGRATE Housing! Project to examine the intersection of mental health and housing issues across the state and craft policy recommendations to support individuals experiencing mental illness in Texas. To download the INTEGRATE Housing! Project report, click here.