To advance its mission of helping Hispanic individuals with Intellectual and
Developmental Disabilities (IDD) to become self-determined and attain
independence, The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD),
awarded Imagine Enterprises with a Hispanic Outreach and Development Grant.
Hispanic families are often very dependent on the student's Supplemental
Security Income (SSI) and financial contributions as part of their financial
survival. Unaware of programs and the benefits of work, they do not know
(or actively seek out) the options and resources available to them, they
cling to what they have and do not encourage change.
Imagine will assist Project Higher and the El Paso-area individuals with
IDD, between the ages of 18-25 to complete a Level One certificate and find
employment in their area of study, without out fear of the impact on any
benefit they receive, including insurance.
Grant funds will be utilized for:
Printing and distributing program promotional materials in Spanish;
Working with bilingual partners to host three trainings/town hall
meeting in Spanish, to address family members' questions and concerns about
Project Higher directly;
Through networking activities, recruiting additional community
partners and conducting training activities to more effectively reach out to
the local Hispanic community with information on Project Higher and other
resources for young adults with IDD;
Partnering with Project Higher with continuing support and education
to families for active participants and
Collaborating with Project Higher and other community organizations
to secure supports for newly-employed graduates, to ensure success in their
Through these activities, we will enhance overall advocacy skills and
self-determination among our El Paso County constituents.
Imagine's primary goal is to:
To increase participation in Project Hire education and employment
outcomes through a targeted outreach campaign to Hispanic families in El
Paso County, Texas.
Develop and implement marketing strategies to: (a) promote outreach
efforts, (b) recruit community partners to promote trainings, actively
participate in training and disseminate materials and (c) position the
project for sustainability.
Prepare and deliver a minimum of three (3) trainings in El Paso,