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New event to bring awareness to IDD

Mar. 14—Tri-County Behavioral Healthcare will be hosting the inaugural community Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) Awareness Day event in Conroe. Tri-County was recognized on Monday at the Walker County Commissioners Court to bring awareness to the event.

The Day will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at 233 Sgt. Ed Holcomb Boulevard, in Conroe. Directors Kathy Foster and Yolanda Gude agreed that the event was established to bring more awareness to the community. Activities will run until 2 p.m. Saturday.March is Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) Awareness Month. Intellectual Disability (ID) starts any time before a child turns 18 and is characterized by differences with both intellectual functioning or intelligence, and deficits in adaptive behaviors.

Developmental Disabilities (DD) is a broader category of physical and mental conditions, inclusive of ID, which occur before age 22, and often presents lifelong challenges.

Texas is home to more than 500,000 adults and children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).

As the Local Intellectual and Developmental Disability Authority (LIDDA) serving Montgomery, Walker, and Liberty counties, Foster said that Tri-County Behavioral Healthcare would like to invite all individuals diagnosed with an Intellectual or Developmental Disability (IDD) and their families to participate in the event.

"As a LIDDA, Tri-County is extremely excited to have the opportunity to raise awareness about the IDD population," Gude said in a press release. "We want to get the word out that we are here to advocate and assist individuals with IDD diagnoses by helping them access the critical supports and services they need to thrive in the local community. We hope that this event will help us (and you) do that."

The day's events will include — Walk & Roll

This is a family-friendly half-mile walk (or roll) to raise awareness for individuals diagnosed with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities.

The walk & roll is noncompetitive and allows participants to showcase their flair through their walk/roll attire, unique identities, and abilities in a fun-filled, carnival-like atmosphere — there will be lots of bubbles! We can't wait to see your outfits.

Resource fair

Provider agencies will be available to explain services that are available from them, and answer questions that families and individuals may have.

Games & Fun

Activities including Cornhole Tournament, Giant Connect Four, Lawn Checkers, Giant Jenga, Face Painting, Arts & Crafts, DJ, and Cake Walk.

Vendors spots are still available, but space is limited.

If you have a loved one or client with an IDD Diagnosis who would like to display/sell their unique arts and crafts and/or art work or have a business or a unique craft that supports an IDD cause, email InfoIDD@TCBHC.org to register. Tri-County will need the vendor's name, contact information, and a brief description of items to sell/display.

Contact Brenda Poe at editor@itemonline.com