Project Connect Program

About Project Connect

Project Connect at Easterseals Central Texas helps connect adults with developmental disabilities to programs designed to help them gain social and life skills. From cooking classes to the movies, volunteering and so much more, the confidence and social skills gained from each session are important in ensuring that adults with disabilities can participate fully in our community.

Member Brenda says “My favorite part of being in Project Connect is interacting with people, being around other people, and making new friends.”

Through partnerships with other organizations in the area, Project Connect aims to serve over 150 adults in the Austin area with Developmental or Intellectual Disabilities each year, creating memorable and engaging experiences.

I ‘Heart’ Myself series

Project Connect is kicking off the year with the “I ‘Heart’ Myself” series. We are excited to collaborate with old and new friends at the Easterseals LIFE Center, “Happy Kitchen” program from the Sustainable Food Center, Texas A&M Extension Services, Special Olympics Texas, and Safe Place to promote healthy lifestyles, and provide fun and enriching experiences for adults with intelectual and developmental disabilities.

In January, we’ll focus on health, fitness and nutrition. In February, we’ll work on social skills and healthy relationships. In March, we’ll focus on self-advocacy, including the “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign. Join Project Connect to ‘Heart’ yourself this year!

Who we are

Sloane Hughlett, who has been with Easterseals since 2013, is a Community Program Specialist with the Community Independence Program. An LSU alum, Sloane works as an advocate for students with disabilities, having implemented and coordinated several programs, including DELL’s Employment and beyond computer program.

Louise Sawaki joined the Easterseals team in 2015 as a Community Program Specialist. A UT Austin alum, Louise worked as a Community Mental Health Case Manager before working as the Family Self-Sufficiency Program Coordinator with the Austin Housing Authority, Louise received her Master’s Degree in Counseling from the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in 2015.

For more information about how you can join or get involved with Project Connect, please contact Community Program Specialists Louise Sawaki at or Sloane Hughlett at or (512) 615-6846

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