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Preventable Developmental Disabilities

Many developmental disabilities are 100% preventable.Mom looking down at infant and infant looking up and smiling

The prevention of brain injuries is absolutely fundamental to preventing developmental disabilities (DDs). TOPDD primarily addresses the prevention of acquired child brain injury and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

Our Mission

The Texas Office for Prevention of Developmental Disabilities (TOPDD) mission is to minimize the human losses caused by preventable developmental disabilities, especially Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and child brain injury.

The disabilities associated with brain injury and prenatal alcohol exposure are complex and impact every area of life.

Did you know?  

  • 1 in 6 children has a developmental disability

  • The cost of addressing issues that children with developmental disabilities experience is estimated to be $2million dollars per child; the human cost and personal impact cannot be quantified.

  • Children with developmental disabilities frequently need services from a large cross-section of systems in Texas throughout their lifetime. Accessing services is a struggle.

  • Living with developmental disabilities creates tremendous stress on the individuals, their families and communities.