Public Health Resources

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Bliss Symbols

Next-Gen Tactile Symbols - 3D-Printed Blissymbolics

Blissymbols are unlike any other graphic symbol set. They are curated by a
multicultural, multi-language, non-proprietary standards body. When a new symbol
needs to be added to the language, a collection of individuals ensures that the
symbol adheres to the rules of symbol design and leverages the rest of the

Everyone communicates and everyone communicates in diverse ways. We are all
different. What makes this population we are targeting with tactile symbols unique
is that their current form of communication is not working. They do not have a
shared system. Maybe, their caregiver understands certain movements,
vocalizations, or gestures but the caregiver is not around to interpret for the
individual. Their current form of communication restricts their future potential.
These are candidates for AAC. One form of AAC that should be included in the
decision process is the tactile symbols.

TTAP Telehealth Kits

Available at our loan library! We are happy to do demonstrations in person or online. Telehealth 101 education can be provided upon request.

Telehealth Tools

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Telehealth Equity

What is telehealth?

Telehealth, sometimes called telemedicine, lets you receive health care via video chat, phone call, or messaging. While you will sometimes need to be seen by a doctor in person, telehealth gives you access to health care from the comfort of your own home.

- Telehealth lets your doctor treat you without an in-person appointment.
- Most telehealth appointments are through video chat, but phone calls and messages are sometimes used.
- Telehealth is safe and your privacy will be protected.
- Telehealth may be covered by your insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare.

¿Qué significa Telesalud?

La Telesalud - a veces llamada telemedicina - permite a su proveedor de atención médica atenderle sin necesidad de una visita en persona al consultorio. La Telesalud se realiza principalmente en línea con acceso a Internet en su ordenador, tableta o teléfono inteligente.

Hay varias opciones para la atención médica a distancia:

- Hable con su proveedor de atención médica en directo por teléfono o por videochat.
- Envíe y reciba mensajes de su proveedor de atencion médica mediante mensajería segura, correo electrónico e intercambio seguro de archivos.
- Utilice la monitorización a distancia para que su proveedor de atención médica pueda controlarle en casa. Por ejemplo, puede utilizar un dispositivo que recoja las constantes vitales para ayudar a su proveedor de atención medica a estar informado de su evolución.

Fiber Internet Cables


Stay Connected

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a U.S. government program that helps many low income households pay for broadband service and internet connected devices.

The Affordable Connectivity Program is administered by USAC with oversight from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

El Programa de Conectividad Asequible (ACP) es un programa del gobierno de los EE. UU. que ayuda a muchas casas con bajos recursos a pagar el servicio de wifi y los dispositivos conectados al Internet.

El Programa de Conectividad Asequible es administrado por USAC con la supervisión de la Comisión Federal de Comunicaciones (FCC).

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Telecare Apps

ATIA 2023 - POSTER - MeCuido "Telecare App for elderly people living alone in Latin America"

MeCuido App PDF


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The app created for the IDD community to bring people closer together and provide an inclusive place to interact and be yourself!

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Accessibility: Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

What is Accessibility?

Accessibility is shaped by what we need to do, our interactions with the environment, and our personal preferences. Educational materials and technologies are “accessible” to people with disabilities if they are able to “acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services” as people who do not have disabilities. As a person with a disability, you must be able to achieve these three goals “in an equally integrated and equally effective manner, with substantially equivalent ease of use” (Joint Letter US Department of Justice and US Department of Education, June 29, 2010).

UDL at a Glance

What is Universal Design for Learning?

“The term 'universal design' means a concept or philosophy for designing and delivering products and services that are usable by people with the widest possible range of functional capabilities, which include products and services that are directly accessible (without requiring assistive technologies) and products and services that are interoperable with assistive technologies.”
- Assistive Technology Act, Section 3(19) (2004)

Assistive Technologies and AI

Crip Curiosities

TTAP's version of Story Corps. Highlighting stories from the disability community, including self advocates, family members,  and medical professionals. Awareness, inclusion, diversity, and advocacy.


"My name is Rocky Stoutenburgh and I am an American streamer and content creator. Despite being paralyzed from the neck down, I have become a world-renowned gamer, setting two records in Fortnite and a third in Call of Duty. I made history as the first-ever quadriplegic to sign with a professional esports organization, Luminosity Gaming. Join me as I take on the gaming world and share my journey with all of you. Let's have some fun and make some new memories together!"

COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) Ended May 11th, 2023

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Based on current COVID-19 trends, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is planning for the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) for COVID-19, declared under Section 319 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, to expire at the end of the day on May 11, 2023. Our response to the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, remains a public health priority, but thanks to the administration’s whole-of-government approach to combating the virus, we are in a better place in our response than we were three years ago, and we can transition away from the emergency phase.

Public Health News

UT Austin seal/emblem. Praesidium Civitatis Disciplina

University of Texas at Austin

Accessibility at CES 2023

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World Health Organization

World map made of string/yarn. A grey cat is sitting next to the map.

World Institute on Disability

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Austin Community Events and Resources

Emergency Preparedness Pop-ups in Austin

Emergency Preparedness Information for Individuals, Families and Neighborhoods Throughout the Year

Floods, wildfires, extreme temperatures, whatever nature throws at us, it’s important to be prepared for an emergency or disaster before it strikes. The City of Austin’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) will host monthly Emergency Preparedness Pop Up events in each of Austin’s City Council Districts throughout 2023. These events are designed to help equip Austinites with the information, tools and resources needed in emergency situations


Employment for People with Disabilities

"Employment is a fundamental value and ambition in American culture, and people with disabilities want to be a part of their communities just as everyone does. Approximately 20 percent of U.S. citizens have one or more diagnosed psychological, intellectual or physical disabilities. Texas Health and Human Services is committed to ensuring that people with disabilities have access to meaningful employment services in the community, especially integrated competitive employment." - Texas HHS

"En la cultura americana, el empleo es un valor y una ambición fundamentales, y las personas con discapacidad quieren ser parte de sus comunidades como todos los demás. Salud y Servicios Humanos de Texas se compromete a asegurar que las personas con discapacidad tengan acceso a servicios de empleo gratificante en la comunidad, especialmente el empleo competitivo integrado." - Texas HHS

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Post-Secondary Education Opportunities

E4Texas: Educate. Empower. Employ. Excel.

E4Texas is a post-secondary opportunity for people with or without a disability, who are over the age of 18, who have a high school diploma, and are employment-focused.

The E4Texas 3-semester experience combines classroom instruction with practical career building experiences, independent living skills, and self-determination.

During the course, students will learn the main aspects of independent living, will receive their caretaker, childcare associate or paraprofessional certification, and will be supported as they find jobs in their final semester.

E4Texas has four goals:

-Empower Texans to become self-determined & independent.
-Educate Texans to gain employment, professional, and independent living skills.
-Employ Texans as caregivers, childcare associates and paraprofessionals.
-Give Texans the tools they need to excel in life!

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TCDD and The 88th Texas Legislative Session

The 88th Texas Legislative Session is now active for 2023. Important decisions on policies concerning persons with disabilities are being made right NOW. Stay informed and know your rights.

Throughout the session, Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) Public Policy Director Scott Daigle will provide brief video updates on what’s happening at the Capitol.

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The Autism Society of Texas

The Autism Society of Texas is the state affiliate of the Autism Society of America, a 501(c)3 organization. Since the video above was created, the CDC announced that the Autism Prevalence rate increased to 1 in 44. Using the CDC prevalence rate and demographic data, there are well over 500,000 people in Texas with Autism.

Mission: We create connections, empowering everyone in the Autism community with the resources needed to live fully.

Vision: Creating a world where everyone in the Autism community is connected to the support they need, when they need it.

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Disaster and Emergency Preparedness

Get Emergency Ready!

Disasters and emergencies are inevitable in today’s world. While there is a lot of information out there about how to prepare, most of it does not include the needs of people with disabilities.

The Emergency Ready Sheet was created by Disability Rights Texas to help people with disabilities prepare for disasters and emergencies. Your Emergency Ready Sheet will have information that you would want with you at all times if a disaster or emergency strikes. Also, the questions in the Emergency Ready Sheet may make you think of things you hadn’t considered in your preparedness plans.

When you complete the form below, your Emergency Ready Sheet will be created. It will be a PDF that you can print and put in your Go Bag, and/or download to your device.

If you need help filling out this form, please call 1-800-948-1824 or email