Office of Disability Prevention for Children


 

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The Office of Disability Prevention for Children works to promote respect, foster understanding, and highlight the importance of prevention and early intervention initiatives in the lives of Texas children and families.  Our goal is to prevent disability in children before it happens and minimize any negative consequences through education and community collaboration. 

Mission Statement

The Office of Disability Prevention for Children works to promote respect, foster understanding, and highlight the importance of prevention and early intervention initiatives in the lives of Texas children and families.

Description

Although we do not provide direct services to children and families, our goal is to prevent disability before it happens and minimize any negative consequences through:

  • Education and public awareness

  • Promotion of sound public policy

  • Working with state and local agencies, community groups and various other stakeholders

  • Developing long-term plans to monitor and reduce the incidence and severity of developmental disabilities

  • Evaluating state efforts to prevent developmental disabilities

Areas of Focus

The ODPC works to prevent disabilities in children from the time of conception to the age of 12. Our areas of focus are:

  • Prevention of disabilities caused by maternal health issues related to pregnancy

  • Prevention of disabilities caused by childhood injuries

  • Early identification and diagnosis of disabilities to ensure early intervention and services

  • Promoting mental health wellness in children with intellectual or developmental disabilities

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