Researcher(s):Christopher T. King
Date Published: February 2001
Publisher(s): Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources, The University of Texas at Austin
Abstract: This Report evaluates the Texas Department of Health's On the Right Track Project, which addresses the prevention of secondary conditions for persons with disabilities in Texas. The project has three main goals: science, service and leadership. The Science goal addresses knowledge concerning the magnitude and severity of disabilities and secondary conditions. The service goal is concerned with promoting healthy lifestyles for people with disabilities in Texas by increasing the awareness of the need for preventing secondary conditions within the learning domain among consumers, providers and policy makers. The Leadership goal relates to strengthening the Texas Department of Healthâ€™s leadership role in understanding and preventing secondary conditions that are associated with disabilities in the learning domain. Ultimately, On the Right Track seeks to improve learning, achievement, and overall quality of life in people with disabilities in Texas
The evaluation of Year Three On the Right Track activities primarily addressed process and implementation aspects of the project. Researchers reviewed project documents and conducted structured interviews with current and former On the Right Track and related staff at the Texas Department of Health, as well as key individuals with sites in Bell and Harris County and researchers at Southwest Texas State University.