Preventable Developmental Disabilities

Many developmental disabilities are 100% preventable.

The prevention of brain injuries is absolutely fundamental to preventing developmental disabilities (DDs). The TOPDD primarily addresses the prevention of acquired child brain injury and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.  The disabilities associated with brain injury and prenatal alcohol exposure are complex and impact every area of life.

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

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.

Texas FASD Collaborative Meeting held at the Capitol on Nov. 3, 2014

The FASD Collaborative Meeting on Nov. 3 2014 was a huge SUCCESS! 
TOPDD is proud to facilitate the Texas Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Collaborative.
The collaborative held its third annual meeting at the State Capitol in Austin to celebrate their commitment to FASD and impact FASD prevention.


Featured Presentations:

  • Introduction to TOPDD and the Texas FASD Collaborative
    Presented by Linda Kagey, LCDC
  • Perspectives on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
    Panel Discussion:
    Dr. Marian Sokol, MPH, Executive Director of the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas
    Sherry Santa
    Dr. Michael Lindsey, Southern Methodist University
    Dr. Mary Marden-Velasquez, Director of the Health Behavior Research and Training Institute at U.T. at Austin
  • State of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
    Presented by Tom Donaldson, President of National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS)
  • FASD Policy
    Panel Discussion:
    Dr. Connie Almeida, Director of Behavioral Health Services of Fort Bend County
    Dr. Jerry Roberson, Senior Associate of Unites Associates
    Eileen Garcia, CEO of Texans Care for Children
    Tom Donaldson, President of NOFAS
  • Moving Forward: Texas FASD
    Presented by Jerry Roberson, Ph.D.