The Office of Disability Prevention for Children works to prevent developmental disabilities and seeks to minimize the losses preventable disabilities cause, especially in infants and young children.

The office coordinates long-term plans to monitor and reduce the incidence and severity of developmental disabilities in collaboration with other HHS programs, state agencies and community groups across the state. With its partners, ODPC will develop outreach campaigns focusing awareness and education on preventing developmental disabilities in infants and young children.

ODPC is the successor to the former Texas Office for the Prevention of Developmental Disabilities.

Which Developmental Disabilities are Preventable?

Many developmental disabilities are preventable; including, but not limited to:

  • Brain injuries, which can result from a fall, car accident, sports concussion, assault (such as shaken baby syndrome), near drowning and stroke.
  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, including fetal alcohol syndrome.
  • Physical and intellectual difficulties, which can result from toxin exposure, malnutrition and birth complications.

Many of these disabilities can be prevented through child safety measures, proper maternal and prenatal health and parent and provider education.

What Does ODPC do to Help?

The Office of Disability Prevention for Children works to prevent disabilities through:

  • Educates providers and the public.
  • Promotes sound public policy on the prevention of developmental disabilities.
  • Educates the public about the causes, frequency and preventability of developmental disabilities
  • Works with other state agencies, community groups and and various other stakeholders.
  • Develops long-range plans to monitor and reduce the incidence and severity of developmental disabilities.
  • Evaluates state efforts to prevent developmental disabilities.

How can you get Involved?

ODPC will host quarterly stakeholder meetings in Austin. You can also call into the meetings. You’ll have a chance to visit with professionals, advocates and families to join the conversation and share your vision for disability prevention in Texas.

For questions or to be added to our distribution list, call us at 512-462-6392.

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