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The 85th Texas Legislative Session

Remembering Virginia Eernisse


A dear friend in our community, Virginia Eernisse, passed away on March 14, 2018 at home with her family at her bedside.  Virginia was a “DOer”.  She was a fierce and fearless advocate for people and served her community through volunteer work.  Virginia spearheaded the establishment of Special Olympics, TARS, The Arc of the Gulf Coast and Imagine Enterprises among a long list of other accomplishments.   Virginia served on the Gulf Coast Center Board and was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Texas MHMR Board.  She received honors from organizations across the state and was honored with the National Volunteer of the Year award by The Arc US. 

Involved in local and state politics, she campaigned for progressive candidates for generations.  She was a strong, vocal woman who truly believed in people. She believed that everyone should do for others when you can, that all people have value and should be recognized for their strengths and fighting for what is right always matters.  Her true passion was helping people achieve their best selves. We at The Arc of Texas will remember her with gratitude, respect, and love.


Established in 1997, The Arc of Texas Master Pooled Trust remains the first and only Texas-based Special Needs Trust designed to improve the quality of life for all individuals with disabilities while providing resources for their ongoing supplemental needs. [Learn More…]

IDEA Manual, A Guide for Parents and Students About Special Education Services in Texas, 2016 Edition is the newest version of what has become known as The IDEA Manual. This manual is designed to help you become familiar with the requirements of IDEA and Texas law so you can act as an equal partner in planning your child’s education.

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