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Easterseals Coalition Serving Texas

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 four Texas Easterseals affiliates: Easterseals Central 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.

Learn more about our advocacy coalition.

Easterseals Leadership Development and Advocacy Training Program:

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 about our Advocacy Training program, contact Jolene Sanders at or 512-615-6872.

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.

Here are some tools that will help you in preparing to advocate for yourself and others:

Testifying at a Hearing: Know Before You Go

Gloria’s Advocacy Story – English Subtitles / Spanish Subtitles

Identifying a Priority Issue – English / Spanish

Person-Centered Thinking — English / Spanish

Self-Determination (Kindergarten)  English / Spanish

Self-Determination (High School)  English / Spanish

Advocating for ECI

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.

INTEGRATE Housing! Project

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.  

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