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#ThriveWorldwide 2019 - Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M

Written by
Whitney Bailey
Written by
Whitney Bailey

The Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M states their focus is on “promoting inclusive and diverse schools and communities, improving education and quality of life outcomes, and creating better lives for people with disabilities and their families through education, research, and service.” 

The Center on Disability and Development offers many vocational programs for students with disabilities. One such program is the PATHS Certificate Program, a two-semester certificate program that prepares graduates for employment in a career serving people with disabilities or working with children.

The Center on Disability and Development is hosting a Thrive Worldwide meet up on December 3rd. Read more below about what they have planned for their event.

PATHS Students 2019
PATHS Students 2019

Why did you decide to be a #ThriveWorldWide host?

The Center on Disability and Development decided to be a #ThriveWorldWide host to show examples of how Texas A&M University is working to create an inclusive campus that recognizes and celebrates people of all abilities.

Which partner organization are you representing? (If applicable) 

We are representing the Texas A&M University Center on Disability and Development. We support individuals with disabilities and their families to be change agents who are valued, contributing community members, as self-defined, through education, research, and knowledge dissemination, the CDD has four core functions. Within these functions the CDD:

·      Community Services - provides training, and technical assistance to individuals with disabilities, their families, and those who support them.

·      Research and Evaluation - to improve school services and outcomes, and increase the quality of community life.

·      Interdisciplinary Pre-service - offers disability-related training through Texas A&M University.

·      Information Dissemination - develops tools for people with disabilities and their support systems.

What does it mean to live life to the fullest? 

Living life to the fullest means you have the tools and resources needed to be an independent, contributing community member with the ability to make your own choices.

Thrive Worldwide Meet Up Details 

What do you plan for your #ThriveWorldwide meetup? What do you hope will happen at the meetup?

The Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M plans to celebrate by gathering together and enjoying warm food and company. People with and without disabilities will socialize and network with one another. People can also share their thoughts on a poster or social media about what it means to thrive and live life to the fullest at Texas A&M University.

Who would you like to see at your #ThriveWorldwide meetup and why?

We would like to see our students in our post-secondary program, PATHS, share their story about living life to the fullest. 


#ThriveWorldwide is a global campaign on December 3rd, the International Day of People with Disabilities. We host meet-ups around the world to bring people together to celebrate living life to the fullest. Join us by posting a photo of you with the hashtag #ThriveWorldwide or contact us if you'd like to host a meet-up of your own!

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