Project L.E.A.D.

What is L.E.A.D.? 

The LEAD Project builds adult self advocates’ leadership skills through training, connections, and ongoing support- all starting in the leaders’ own communities. 

Upon completing the program, LEAD trained leaders will have the knowledge, resources and skill sets to provide meaningful input in various ways that promote self-determination and inclusion. 

LEAD Participants will:
  • Learn important skills for being a leader first in your Local Chapter and your local community then statewide and beyond
  • Learn and practice tools for how to have a meaningful seat at the table
  • Receive technical assistance as you progress through the project

Texas Advocates is confident this project will prepare its participants to be equipped to have a meaningful seat on or at various boards, committees, workgroups, meetings, etc that impact their lives, making “Nothing about us without us” not just a motto, but a reality.

When and Where is L.E.A.D.? 

The first group of Leaders will be in the Beaumont community. Training varies based on each cohort’s needs and wants. LEAD combines in-person and online (Zoom) training, group discussions, and meetings. Texas Advocates will work with Southeast Texas Self Advocates (SETX/SA) and selected LEAD trainees to tailor two days of in-person training at The Arc of Beaumont on July 26th and 27th.

Prior to the in-person training, Texas Advocates will facilitate two 
Zoom meetings: 
  • June 10th, 1:00 PM- 2:30 PM 
  • June 28th, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM.

Important Dates 

May 20  | Application closes 

May 28 | LEAD participants will be announced

June 10 | 1:00-2:30 — 1st Zoom meeting

June 28 | 1:00-2:30 — 2nd Zoom meeting

July 26/27 | Full day (lunch provided) — In person training at The Arc of Beaumont

If you have questions or want more information, contact Brooke Hohfeld at

This work is supported by the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities through a grant from the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Washington, D.C. 20201, with a 100% federal funding award totaling $6,121,860. Council efforts are those of the grantee and do not necessarily represent the official views of nor are endorsed by ACL, HHS, or the U.S. Government.



People with disabilities know what is best for themselves, but decisions are often made at organizations and committees without meaningful input from them. 

Texas Advocates' LEAD Project aims to ensure people with IDD feel like valued members of their communities by empowering self advocates to use their voice in leadership roles, as well as train and support organizations and committees on how to support meaningful participation.