Serving our State

The Center on Disability and Development serves thousands of individuals every year across the state.


The center partners with individuals, organizations and school districts across the state to provide person-centered practices training as part of A Purposeful Life.

A Purposeful Life is the brainchild of Sue Calhoun who wanted to develop a community for parents of children with disabilities.

“Parents need a bridge, an opportunity to feel safe to express their fears and concerns in a place where they’re not judged,” said Calhoun.

Outside of connecting parents dealing with similar struggles, the program provides training to help them develop goals for their childrens’ lives.


Camp LIFE (Leadership, Independence and Friends through Experiences) is an inclusive camping experience for children with disabilities and their siblings. Campers are able to do activities you would see at any other summer camp, like horseback riding, canoeing, fishing and archery.

Many of the counselors at Camp LIFE are undergraduate students in the special education teacher training program. They have the opportunity to teach social, recreational and independent living skills in a nonclassroom setting.


Through a partnership with the Department of Disability Services, Aggie Ability Awareness promotes discussion about issues surrounding disabilities for faculty and staff at Texas A&M. The interactive workshop promotes positive, equitable and accepting attitudes toward people with disabilities.

Topics include the history and legislation surrounding disabilities, disability etiquette and how to best work with individuals with disabilities. Participants also learn principles of Universal Design for Instruction to learn more about accommodations in the classroom.


In collaboration with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, the center developed Texas AgrAbility. The program helps agricultural producers with disabilities and chronic diseases stay engaged in the production of agriculture. The hope is to reach a large portion of the 50,000 farmers, ranchers and agricultural workers in the state with a disability.

You can read about all of the center’s community outreach initiatives at