ReDiscovery at Texas A&M University (TX UCEDD)

October 16, 2018

In late August, 2017, Hurricane Harvey brought insurmountable devastation to the Texas coast. A year later, the effects of Hurricane Harvey continue to be felt, especially amongst individuals with disabilities and individuals with other functional and access needs. In a combined effort, the Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M University and the Texas Center for Disability Studies at the University of Texas Austin created ReDiscovery. ReDiscovery is training, technical assistance, and educational materials on supports, services, and resources in Texas for individuals with disabilities and other functional and access who were affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Training and technical assistance is provided for disaster case managers, disability-related organizations, emergency personnel, long-term recovery committees, voluntary organizations active in disasters, community-based partners, and other organizations, who serve Hurricane Harvey survivors in any of the 41 federally-declared disaster counties in Texas. Through ReDiscovery, participants will gain an increased awareness in disability-related needs in disaster and long-term recovery, acquire knowledge of resources and services available to people with disabilities and other access and functional needs post-disaster, learn and practice with existing tools on disability and disaster, find guidance in collaborating with community-based groups and disability organizations in planning and recovery needs. ReDiscovery is funded by the American Red Cross and The Rebuild Texas Fund in collaboration with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.