H.R. No. 1499
         WHEREAS, Graduates of the Local Leadership and Advocacy
  training project of The Arc of Greater Tarrant County are visiting
  the State Capitol on April 24, 2009; and
         WHEREAS, Founded in 1949, The Arc of Greater Tarrant County
  advocates on behalf of and in collaboration with people with
  intellectual and other developmental disabilities in order to
  improve their quality of life; the organization's service area
  recently expanded to include Johnson, Parker, Hood, and Wise
  Counties in addition to Tarrant County, and in 2007 it provided
  services to some 4,000 area Texans; and
         WHEREAS, The Arc of GTC's Local Leadership and Advocacy
  training project, which is funded in part by the Texas Council for
  Developmental Disabilities, offers participants an opportunity to
  learn about the Texas legislative process, strategies for
  effectively telling their story, methods for building grassroots
  coalitions, and tips for using the Internet and media to advance
  important issues; and
         WHEREAS, Members of this year's class, who have now graduated
  to the Advocacy and Leadership League, include Brandon Cabral, Kate
  Funk, David Swallow, Will Kovich, Beverly Black, Dale Swallow, and
  Kendra Kerbow; and
         WHEREAS, These dedicated Texans have put their education into
  practice by attending a local town hall to discuss transportation
  needs, writing letters to state representatives and to the
  president of the United States, testifying before the Texas Senate
  Committee on Health and Human Services about state school
  conditions and Medicaid issues, and visiting legislators in support
  of "People First" appropriate language; and
         WHEREAS, The Local Leadership and Advocacy training project
  promotes self-confidence and encourages participants to work
  toward ensuring equal opportunities for all, and it is a pleasure to
  honor this worthwhile initiative; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 81st Texas
  Legislature hereby welcome the graduates of the Local Leadership
  and Advocacy training project of The Arc of Greater Tarrant County
  and extend to them sincere best wishes for a memorable visit to
  Austin; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for the group as an expression of high regard by the Texas
  House of Representatives.
  Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.R. No. 1499 was adopted by the House on April
  24, 2009, by a non-record vote.
  Chief Clerk of the House