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Texas NDEAM Poster Art Contest 2015

NDEAM 2013

NDEAM 2013

On behalf of the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities:

This is our formal Call for Entries for the Texas
NDEAM Poster Art contest for 2015.

Each year in October, the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities produces a Texas poster for National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), which is distributed free of charge to businesses all across the State.

The art featured on the poster each year is an original piece created by a Texas artist with a disability. The winning artwork is incorporated into the national theme announced each year by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). The design of our Texas posters has become so popular that, in addition to our statewide distribution, we frequently have many requests from other states. In 2014, we distributed more than 2,500 posters.

Submissions from Texas artists with disabilities can be sent to us as a photo of the original work in a digital format, ideally a JPEG or PDF, attached to an email (this is the preferred method), OR as a color photocopy OR with the image on a CD sent by postal mail. The original artwork does not need to be submitted with the entry. There is NO FEE for entries. All entries must be accompanied by a signed Entry Form, which is available on our website along with the Submission Guidelines. Entries must be received by email or postmarked by March 15; the winner will be announced by April 15. Artwork in any media is accepted; there is no specific theme required.

Once the panel of judges has determined the winner, we will make arrangements to receive the original artwork, which will be designed into the 2014 Texas NDEAM poster. The original art and the poster will be on permanent display in the Office of the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities, and will be featured in offsite exhibits from time to time. The winning artist is also invited to be a featured guest at the annual Lex Frieden Employment Awards ceremony in October.

For Submission Guidelines, Entry Form, a view of the past NDEAM posters, and more information, please visit our NDEAM page on our website or contact us directly.

Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities
512.463.5740 or Relay Option of your Choice
512.463.5745 – Fax
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, TX 78711

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Kroger Community Rewards


Kroger has a Community Rewards Program that allows Brazos Valley Center for Independent Living to receive funds every time our supporters shop at one of their stores.

Kroger is committed to helping our communities grow and prosper. Year after year, local schools, churches and other nonprofit organizations will earn millions of dollars through Kroger Community Rewards®.

Kroger Community Rewards® makes fund-raising easy…all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card!

If you would like to be able to donate to us every time you go grocery shopping, follow the steps below.

Kroger Community Rewards

First, if you do not already have a Kroger Plus Card, you will need to sign up for one. Go to to create an account and follow the steps.

Next, once you have an account or if you already have one, you will login and go to “Account Summary”. If you scroll all the way to the bottom, you will see a section titled “Community Rewards” where you can click the “Enroll” button and it brings you to a search page. Enter the BVCIL NPO number 17902 or just search our name. Then, click enroll. It’s that easy!

Now all you have to do is make sure you use your card at check out when you shop at Kroger and they will automatically donate to us at no extra cost to you!

You must present your Kroger Plus Card or provide your Alternate ID at the register during the transaction in order for it to count towards the program.

You should begin seeing at the bottom of your receipts, “At your request, Kroger is donating to Brazos Valley Center for Independent Living”.

If you have any questions, email and I will do my best to answer them.


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ADA25 – Texas Trailblazers Past, Present, Future

On July 26, 2015 we will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Texans have played and continue to play a role in implementing the vision in the ADA by integrating people with disabilities into Texas communities.
On March 3rd we will be celebrating the role that Texans played in the development, passage and implementation of the ADA. We are calling these folks “Texas Trailblazers”.
Attached please find a nomination form to recognize a Texas Trailblazer from the past, a present day Trailblazer or a future Trailblazer (under 18).
Please help us identify Texas Trailblazers by submitting the attached form.
Texas Trailblazers will be recognized at the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave Austin, Texas, Austin Room 3rd Floor, 11am – 1pm.
ADA Today
ADA Tomorrow
ADA Forever

PDF Versions Here

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Able South Carolina’s young adult leadership group, EQUIP, wants you to know that individuals with disabilities go to college, drive, get married, have jobs, create art, serve others, and do everything that people without disabilities can do.  “The Same” is a video where three EQUIP leaders share their personal experiences about having a disability and advice for how they wish to be treated.  Hint: It’s the same as everyone else! #TheSame

Watch The Video

Spread the Word!

If you are an individual with a disability, we encourage you to share your own examples of how you are “The Same” on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the hashtag #thesame. Some examples are below:

Twitter Graphic that reads: I have a full time job and serve on a non-profit board. #TheSame

Facebook post that reads: I'm happily married! #TheSame

Let’s show the world that people with disabilities are no different than anyone else.  Join #thesame movement today!

EQUIP is funded by the SC Developmental Disabilities Council, and “The Same” was funded by the SC Independent Living Council.


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Holiday Party!



Holiday Party

TAMU Student Council for Exceptional Children

and Brazos Valley Center for Independent Living

invite you!

Who: Consumer, friends, and family of BVCIL

What: Holiday crafts, cookie decorating, food, and a

special guest

When: December 5th, 5:30-7:30pm

Where: Brazos Valley Center for Independent Living:

1869 Briarcrest, Bryan, TX. 77802


Download & print the flyer: BVCIL holiday party flyer

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Don’t Mourn – Organize!

ADAPT of Texas will be holding our
(Grassroots Legislator Education Using A “Different Approach”)

WHEN: Wednesday, December 10th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

WHERE: State Capitol Extension, Room E2.1002, Members Lounge

WHY: Funding for Community Services; Increase Wages/Benefits for Attendants; Accessible, Affordable, Integrated Housing; Learn how the legislature works; 25th Anniversary of the ADA

Texas 84th Legislative Session begins Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Please RSVP by December 3, 2014 at or

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