Training: Improving Quality of Life for People with IDD

Improving Quality of Life for People with IDD: Infusing Trauma Informed Care and Positive Identity Development into Existing Supports

Hill Country IDD Regional Support Team has joined with the Hill Country MHDD Centers Trauma Informed Care Services Department and the Alamo Area Council of Governments to provide "Improving the Quality of Life for People with IDD: Infusing Trauma Informed Care and Positive Identity Development into Existing Supports" training in four locations during the months of June and July, 2017.

Although every one is welcome, this training is designed specifically for people who support individuals with IDD, but are not therapists (family members, service coordinators, teachers, nurses, etc.). The training includes the use of multiple tools developed by nationally recognized expert in IDD treatment, Karyn Harvey, PhD, to teach core concepts that lead to happier lives (and fewer problem behaviors). The skills taught in this training can be applied to all people. A section on self-care and caregiver resiliency is also included in this training.

Wednesday June 7th 2017: Gulf Bend Center, 6502 Nursery Drive, Victoria, Texas
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Wednesday June 14th 2017: Fredericksburg Law Enforcement Center, 1601 E. Main, Fredericksburg, Texas
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Tuesday June 20th 2017: Uvalde Civic Center, 300 E. Main Street, Uvalde, Texas
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Tuesday July 18th 2017: Alamo Area Council of Governments, 8700 Tesoro Drive, San Antonio, Texas
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For any questions please contact:
Cynthia Villarreal
512-558-2004 ext. 1521
(Fax): 512-392-1628

CARV: Alamo Call-a-Ride 4 Vets

FREE Transportation for Veterans, Spouses, Widows, and Widowers. 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE? An eligible person who has served in the US military, immediate family (spouse, under 18, or disabled adult living with the veteran) or Surviving Spouse who is in need of transportation (even just once). 

WHERE CAN I GO? The rides can be utilized for virtually any purpose within our 13 county Alamo region including: Doctor visits (not just to the VA), grocery needs, government office, trips to a senior center or community agency, FREE VIA bus passes also available.  

-Eligible person requests ride by calling 210-362-5254 or 1-800-960-5201 or email
-AACOG Staff assists the rider with: information needed to provide the ride (NO forms to fill out), verifying eligibility through VA ID or military Service documents
-Rider is approved and provided contact number for transportation provider in their area or assistance in scheduling a ride (allow 7-10 days to prior to ride request) 
-If eligible, ride is FREE (number of rides allowed is based on funding)

Call to sign up: 210-362-5254  or 1-800-960-5201 or email

Free Rides for Veterans Every Day Alamo Call-a-Ride 4 Vets serves Veterans and Spouses!

Transportation can be a challenging barrier for many in accessing benefits and services in the Alamo region.  In support of mobility option for our community,  AACOG has partnered with the Texas Veterans Commission to provide free rides to Veterans and their immediate family members.  


Program Highlights:

1)      The program is at NO COST to the Veteran or family members and available to persons of any age and income level.

2)      Rides can be provided for a variety of purposes – medical appointments, VA appointments, social activities, family activities, etc.

2)    Veterans,  family members (spouses, children under 18, adult dependent children), and Surviving Spouses (widows/widowers) are all eligible for services.

3)    Even if a Veteran is not in need of ride assistance presently, if they rely on others for transportation they may wish to register NOW for the program in the case of their normal ride falling through.

4)    The program serves Veteran clients in the 13-county AACOG region: Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, McMullen, Medina,  and Wilson.

5)    The program operates Monday through Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM (excluding holidays). No ride requests can be accepted after-hours. Five to seven days is requested if possible for scheduling rides.


To register for the program, please email:, or call: Toll-free (800) 960-5201.  For more information, visit


This  program is supported by a grant from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veteran’s Assistance (FVA). The FVA provides grants to organizations serving veterans and their families.”